Natural Antihistamines Bring Relief


Over half of Americans have allergies. The most common symptom is rhinitis, which includes nasal itching, congestion, runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. Generally, common allergens, the substances you react to, can include grasses, mold, dust dander and tree pollens. For instance in the Southwest, the biggest allergen is Cedar pollen, especially in Texas.

Inflammation and the release of histamine by the body accounts for the uncomfortable symptoms associated with allergies. If you have allergies you are three times more likely to develop asthma!

Forty years ago, allergies and asthma were relatively rare conditions. So why has their prevalence skyrocketed in the past several generations? The leading theory is over sanitized environments and overuse of antibiotics. Therefore, our immune systems are not working properly become confused and react to both friends and foes of the body.

One answer could be the foods we eat. Many foods we eat can cause inflammation and we do not eat enough anti-inflammatory foods to halt it. Todays processed, prepackaged and fast foods with higher trans- fats and Omega-6 fats causes more free radicals and other inflammation promoting substances. The good dietary fats, like Omega’3 fats and more vegetables and fruits, are great firefighters, in putting out or decreasing inflammation.

Foods to reduce allergy symptoms and give your body the anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants it needs include:

Fish-cold water fish, like Salmon once or twice a week. Salmon is high in Omega 3 especially if it is wild caught versus farm raised.

Vegetables- Eat plenty of high fiber greens like spinach, collards, kale and Swiss chard. Other high fiber veggies are broccoli, cauliflower, onions and garlic.

Fruits- fruit high in fiber are all berries; strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes and even kiwi!

Supplements that can help for allergies are Quercetin;  a high antioxidant found in apples and onions which reduce s inflammation and stabilize mast cells, cells that increase with allergic reactions.

Magnesium is essential for muscle relaxation and can reduce severity of asthmatic type reactions.

Of course, Vitamin C helps reduce release of antihistamines and eases inflammation. Zinc and Vitamin E can help reduce development of allergies and asthma starting with the newborn to adults.


Vegetarian Life Magazine

Cindy Burrows
Cynthia Burrows, M.T. CWC, Herbalist

Cynthia Burrows, from Austin, Texas, owns Cindy Burrows, Natural Health Consultant; assisting individuals with health issues they would like to change. She will set up a program giving choices of foods, herbs, teas and homeopathic suggestions. Cindy is past owner of Nature’s Healing Herbs, an Herbal, Green Tea, and Tincture product line, and a rare product line of Green Tea Foods. She has certificates for Herbalist at East West School of Herbology, and as Wellness Consultant with the Wellness Forum in Ohio.

Cindy is also a Medical Technologist, with a B.S. degree from Mansfield University in Mansfield Pa., she has been in healthcare for over 30 years. In 2005, she started using a new device founded in Europe, Quantum Biofeedback, “an energy rebalancing of the body”, by using our bodies electricity or frequency waves it can detect stress points in the body, she has added this to her consulting practice. She now has her Certification as a Biofeedback Specialist. She helps her clients by working with the synergy of herbs, food, homeopathy, and aromatherapy within her practice. She is a speaker, writer, and teacher. Cindy has been interviewed on TV; about the benefits of Green Tea and has been on radio about her small business tour to Ecuador.

Cindy has been an herbalist for over 20 years and has spent 6 years learning through the East West School of Herbology with Michael Tierra. She has studied Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs with a strong emphasis on nutrition. Along with many other continued studies of alternative and complementary medicine. She is a Certified Wellness Consultant, through a special program, The Wellness Forum, which has its nutrition program, now part of the curriculum at Ohio State University, providing educational seminars and workshops designed to impart relevant nutrition information to individuals to take control of their own health. These programs give healthier options and choices that can impact your longevity and quality of life. Cindy has been a speaker to many groups and has conducted many of her own classes on food and healthy life style programs.

Cindy has been involved with a hands-on healing program for the past 4 years and offers energy healing, through donation only, to anyone who needs her services.

She is Co-president of the Austin Herb Society and a member of the American Herbalist Guild. Cynthia has been a board member on many programs in the past including; La Sertoma, Arthritis Foundation, Toastmasters International, National Association of Female Executives, Handicapped Equestrian Learning Program, Entrepreneurs Association, and Austin Integrated Health Care Program.

Cindy also loves nature, animals, reading, blending teas, juices, etc.; likes to hike, and work with plants and, of course, cooking., mostly vegetarian.
Cindy has an adventurous streak.
She has organized and taken tours with business and artists groups to Big Bend, Texas, New Mexico, USA, and Ecuador, South America.