3 Reasons Why I Ditched OTC Anti-Histamines for Fresh Foods9/13/2016
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional of any sort. Things I say here are based on my own experiences and my own research for my own benefit. I'm simply sharing here the things that work for me. Please do your own research for anything that may work for you. I do not advice on self-medication so please always consult your own specialist or physician before doing any changes in your diet.
Ever since I could remember, I've been prone to allergies and it just happened to become worse as I grew older. I became familiar with over-the-counter antihistamine, like Claritin, Benadryl,CoAltria and such, to the point that I became dependent on it every time I get allergies. I secretly began talking them like actual vitamins!
When I talk about allergies, those are the sneezing, the teary-eyed moment, the itchy, runny nose, the explainable headache, and sometimes, the itchy throat for unknown reasons. It could be a lot worse for someone else, but so far these have been my chronic illness for a long time now.
Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever) as they call it, is a general ailment that even until now has no medicinal cure. For us who suffer this recurring illness, it has become a habit to always reach for fast-healing OTC antihistamine with hopes that the symptoms will never come back again.
When I did my research on the effects of OTC antihistamines on the body, I initially came up with none. Perhaps because, at that time, there were little to no research done on the topic. However, I came across an article stating that "antihistamines reduce or block histamines in the body but it may also kill or inhibit the release of Diamine Oxidase (DAO) in the body - the chemical that breaks down histamine to reduce allergy-like symptoms "
Whether this argument has any basis or none, it still alerted me to the fact that anti-histamines still have side-effects. The newer or second generation antihistamines may have lower side-effects than the older or first-generation ones, but one couldn't be any more careful
So here's some of the reasons why I decided to quit taking OTC Antihistamines as long as my body could handle the symptoms.
- To Avoid Dependency on the Medication. Obviously, we now live in a face-paced world. We want quick relief of any pain we feel to continue the most important things that we are doing. I, for one, used to be like that. I used to always reach out to antihistamines to get rid of my symptoms quickly. I realize later on that I was being depended on the medication so heavily that, like I said, it almost became one of my vitamins. Our body can only take so much medication and side-effects vary from people to people. Simply said, it's better to make fresh food be our medicine than suffer side-effects for OTC medications in the long run.
- To Allow My Body to Heal Itself. Generally speaking, any medications disrupts the ability of the body to heal itself. Instead, we are taking additional chemicals into our body that may or may not have any beneficial effect. For me, as I did my research on alternative cure on my allergies, I found out that there are tons of food that I already have in the kitchen that can help lower or eliminate my symptoms altogether. Some work as quickly as an OTC antihistamine and some don't, but mostly they are all beneficial to the decrease of histamine in the body, for stabilizing the mast cell or for reducing inflammation in the body.
- To Reduce Expenses. Basically, switching from medicines to healthy foods could eliminate some unnecessary expenses that we make on a daily basis. Why? Because OTC antihistamines or any OTC medication for this matter can only be effective for so long. You cannot guarantee that it will cure you to the core and that you will never have the ailment in the future again. Aside from that, purchasing OTC antihistamines could be a bit pricey depending on the severity of your case or the kind of medication you need - whether you take capsules, nasal sprays/drops, or any allergy relieving devices. If you think about it, investing your money on healthy fresh foods for treating allergy-like symptoms, like hayfever (allergic rhinitis) have more long-term benefits to the body and have various healing effects. You can reduce the symptoms by being mindful of what you eat than spending a whole lot of money on 'fast-cure' and ending up getting worse in the end. There are lists available already that can help us identify which food to avoid and which ones to take. There are also some who already provided some list of antihistamine rich foods that you can use as replacement for OTC medications. So next time you eat, be mindful of every food you put in your body. You might think the food you're eating is healthy, but for people who suffer excessive histamine in the body, some foods could wreck havoc on the system.
I'll be doing more posts with regards to allergic rhinitis, histamine, and body-healing foods later on. But if you have any questions right now, please do let me know so I could add that to the list of my research.
Links provided above are good references that I found along my research from people who I deemed reliable based on similar experiences and have done extensive research on the topic. You can also use them as the a starting point for your own research.