Last week in my blog, I talked about how wonderful the lovely lemon is. If you drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning it is the perfect way to start your day. I was so happy that one of my readers thanked me for writing about the detox effects of lemons and she asked if it could help with her allergies.
“Sometimes there isn’t a simple yes to the question “will drinking warm lemon water help my allergies”. This is one of those times. Allergies are your body’s immune system reacting to something that that has set off an alarm. Your body releases a chemical called histamine that causes inflammation. There are many antihistamine products on the market and many offered in prescription form, which will temporarily take care of the symptoms. But the challenge is to identify and eliminate the allergies. They can be caused by the environment or food. Also, stress can make you break out in hives, which is an allergic reaction. Gosh, that could be another whole blog!
The most important factor in keeping your body healthy is building up your immune system. Lemons are high in antioxidants. They act as a cleansing agent, so incorporating them into your daily diet is important. Taking supplements that are high in antioxidants is really important also. Take a look at the Triangle of Good Health section on my website. You will see that I believe that supplementation is critical in today’s environment. Also, you need to move your lymphatic fluids – that is why I have done one form or another of bouncing for over 30 years! The lymph fluids collect toxins and by keeping them circulating and elimination is enhanced”.
I just love that the you can research so many things on the internet – here is some more helpful info that I found on Buzzle.com: Colorful fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and bell peppers are rich in flavanoids, These act like antihistamines and also contain carotenes, which promote anti-inflammatory activity. According to McVitamins.com, garlic and onions act in the same way to “retard the inflammatory reactions of allergies.
Fruits and vegetables are also full of vitamin A, which can help control allergic reactions. This is found most potently in spinach, mangoes, carrots, tomatoes and green leafy vegetables. Eat fruits and vegetables as fresh and as raw as possible for the best results. According to Buzzle.com, the antioxidant Vitamin C “fights against the free radicals, boosts the immune system and relieves the symptoms of allergies.” This vitamin is abundant in fruits–particularly citrus (the lemon).
Bottom line, yes, the lemon drink will most definitely help your body resist the allergens that are trying to attack you!
Thanks for the question, Wendy! Hope the info helps!
Blessings -Joyce Goodman – www.bounce2health.com