Where Do Allergies Come From?

allergiesOne minute you’re perfectly fine.

You’re able to eat nuts and gluten and milk, but the next?

You’re intolerant or you’ve developed an allergy.

Of course, it’s true that some people know from a young age that they are allergic or intolerant to a food or drink, but it doesn’t always work that way, and when it doesn’t it can be particularly dangerous, especially with severe reactions.

But how do allergies develop? Are they a sign of general ill health? And are their any steps that you can take to help prevent yourself from developing allergies, or from any existing allergies from getting worse?

The general consensus when it comes to allergies is that the problem exists within the immune system. The allergic reaction, usually physical such as a rash, swollen throat, itchy ears, sneezing and watery eyes is your bodies way of saying that something is wrong, that there is an intruder entering your body that shouldn’t be there.

As the body thinks that there is something bad entering it, it therefore violently tries to reject it, namely as a method of protecting you. However, nuts for example aren’t bacteria, and are not going to make you sick.

The bodies reaction is an overreaction, and this is because the immune system is overreacting to the stimuli (in this case nuts), regardless of if it is actually dangerous or not.

The reaction takes place because the macrophage cells can become activated by anything, and when these cells become sensitised to anything (including dust, pollen and food or drink) allergic reactions can occur.

The macrophage cells are also the reason that you can be perfectly fine eating something one day, and then the next day have a reaction. Once the macrophage cell recognises the substance that has triggered its sensitisation beforehand, it will react more to it the second or third time causing physical symptoms.

The only thing that you can really do to fix this is to help regulate your immune system.

Your immune system is heavily dependent on your lifestyle, so the more healthy you are, the better your general wellbeing and more active your immune system is at targeting threats without overreacting to external stimuli.