Thanks to Blink Health for this fabulous infographic!
Allergies are the result of an immune reaction to an otherwise benign substance. Whether it’s pollen from a field of ragweed or a protein in a food, the body mistakes it for an invader and launches an attack. This is different from an intolerance, which produces symptoms with no immune response, and can range from a runny nose to full-fledged anaphylaxis.
Instances of allergies, especially food allergies, are on the rise in the U.S., so the folks at Blink Health have put together a handy infographic with statistics and suggestions for management. There’s a lot of good info here, so take a look!
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I think it’s interesting to note the number of potential allergies that relate to animal products. For example, I didn’t know it was possible to be allergic to leather (apparently it’s because of the chemicals used to process it)! The best thing, in my opinion, is that allergies can be managed naturally with supplements like bromelain and quercetin. Remember to always consult with your health care practitioner before beginning any supplement regimen.
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