Age Plays a Role in Allergy Treatment

People can develop allergies at any age. A recent study, however, points out that certain treatments are ineffective based on the individual’s age when they first became allergic.

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Might it be Mites?

This particular research out of Germany studied adults who are allergic to dust mites. The researchers were trying to figure out why steroid treatment wasn’t working for many of the subjects. A corticosteroid decreases inflammation in the airways. But in many of these cases, the subjects’ conditions remain unchanged with steroid treatment.

What the scientists discovered was that the age of the person (at the allergy’s first appearance) altered the way he/she responded to the medication. Those who developed the dust allergy as adults were more likely to be resistant to the steroids.

What Does this Say?

Unfortunately, this research may predict that certain allergies acquired later in adulthood may be harder to treat. The immune response is different, so the treatment many need to be different as well. Additionally, during their study, the scientists were able to identify (in lab rats) which ones were predisposed to allergies.

Although this particular test was conducted using dust mites, it opens up questions about other allergies acquired later in life. The age of the patient upon allergic commencement may inform on the type of treatment required.

Age of Exposure

We’ve already become aware of certain foods that we perhaps shouldn’t expose to infants—because of the risk of developing an allergy or for safety factors. For example, babies can’t chew nuts, so they’d choke. But it could also be catastrophic if they had the predisposition to nut allergies. The same goes for shellfish.

Honey isn’t recommended (for children under one year) because there’s a chance it could contain bacteria causing infant botulism. Strawberries have also been known to create an allergic reaction in babies and young children,

As with all allergies, it is an immune response. Your body produces histamines as a weapon to attack the allergen to which you have exposed. It’s an overactive immune response. Usually, you get hives, swelling, itching, tingling, your airways become inflamed, among other uncomfortable (and sometimes life-threatening) symptoms.

If you or your children experience these symptoms, it’s important to discover the source causing the allergy. Once detected, you can avoid contact with the allergen and/or seek treatment. Try to eat organic and keep dust mites to a minimum, if possible. Say no to the itch, at any age.

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Can Internal Inflammation Be Causing Your Skin to Age?

A logical cause for wrinkles would be unprotected sun exposure. Another would be simply a product of aging. But, guess what? Inflammation in your gut is a guilty party too when it comes to creating visible age lines.

What’s To Get Inflamed About?

Just like when something annoys you emotionally, and then it puts you over-the-top, you get inflamed. You overreact and have a mini-explosion. The same thing happens when a germ or bacteria annoys your body. There’s a cellular response that causes inflammation.

On the outside of your body, let’s say from a bug bite or an infected cut, the skin will turn red, hot, and swell. Now imagine the same response in your stomach from a food or toxin that your body perceives as an unwelcomed guest, an invader. In the most simplistic terms, that’s what inflammation looks like inside your body.

Inflammation is Not a Good Guy or Gal

Just because you don’t see what’s going on inside your body doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Or, be oblivious to it. Knowledge is power. And now the knowledge is about providing and maintaining your good health.

Inflammation has been linked to type-2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and cancer, not to mention other autoimmune disorders and other diseases. That’s scary. And serious. Most of these conditions are related to high-grade inflammation, especially over a long period of time.

Aging too Young

Even low-grade inflammation can wreak havoc on the health of our body. It compromises balance. What happens is that our body is constantly reacting—it’s fighting against something, even if it’s just a minor battle. But what occurs is that the constant fighting causes a breakdown, which in turn, causes aging.

Inflammation happens when toxins invade our bloodstream, and much of the time, we don’t even know it. And unfortunately, visible signs of aging become more apparent when inflammation increases.

Signs You My Be Suffering From Inflammation

Premature development of, or excessive wrinkles

-Acid reflux

-Arthritic pain

-Constant fatigue

-Type-2 diabetes


-Autoimmune disorders (Crohn’s, celiac, vitiligo, colitis, among others)

How Does This Happen?

Some doctors will explain that there is no explanation. However, research can point to several specific links to inflammation. It can be one culprit or a combination of a few.

FOOD ALLERGIES. You may not be aware of allergies or sensitivities if, for example, you don’t break out into a rash. But consider that processed foods, sugar, and wheat (among other sources) may cause an internal reaction. This chronic, low-grade reaction to the sensitivity (inflammation) can cause constipation, diarrhea, bloating, foggy brain, tiredness, and weight gain, among other symptoms.

-STRESS. Stress releases the hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol over time create inflammation.

TOXINS. Toxins enter our body through food (from pesticides, soil, antibiotics, etc.), our skin (from cosmetics, lotions, etc.), breathing polluted air and drinking water (smoke, heavy metals, etc.). Environmental toxins can cause inflammation.

OVERCONSUMPTION. Too much candy, soda, (refined sugars), caffeine, and/or alcohol increase toxicity in your body.


How Can I Decrease Inflammation?

The answer to decreasing inflammation can be lengthy and complex. In order to present a brief, yet valid response, we can focus on a few key positive lifestyle changes:

1)Get enough sleep.

2)Cut down (or cut out) processed foods, sugar, dairy, and bad fats. Add into your diet: fresh, organic fruits and veggies, lean proteins, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

3)Exercise. Even a brisk daily walk will make a difference. Getting outdoors is a double bonus (helps reduce stress.)

4)Practice stress-reduction techniques. Meditate, breathe deeply, draw, or skydive. Whatever gets you into your zen-zone, do it!

5)Cut down (or cut out) using skin care or beauty products with chemicals such as parabens, phthlates, BHA, BHT, synthetic fragrances, etc.

6)Engage in a safe health program that allows for gradual detoxification. Incorporate natural elements like green tea, lemons, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and garlic.

Always check with your physician before embarking on any kind of diet or detox. Choosing healthy lifestyle practices will naturally allow your body to reduce inflammation. For more articles geared toward keeping you and your family’s best health in mind, check out Thrive!



Look Younger Longer—Exercise Your Face!

Want to look younger for as long as possible? Exercising your face may be a good alternative to plastic surgery and injections.

The Fountain of Truth

The truth is that we all grow old—some with more grace than others. We live in a society where image and youthful physical attributes are held in the highest regard. It’s a shame we’re made to feel inferior (and ashamed) if we age naturally the way nature intended. The battle is then fought with weapons such as scalpels, lasers, and needles. Returning, however, is a more peaceful trend. It’s the penchant of exercising facial muscles (along with creams, etc.) to maintain a semblance of a younger appearance.

Days of Yore

Before the introduction of plastic surgery to “lift” skin, women implemented other rituals to keep their faces intact. As we age, our skin’s elasticity declines. Collagen production starts to decrease after the age of 25. The late fitness guru, Jack LaLanne, introduced a facial “workout” on his TV show in the 1950’s.

LaLanne claimed that because muscles were out of shape, your skin became wrinkly and loose. He compared it to any other muscles in the body. Hence, he introduced his version of facial exercises. There were many starlets and other public figures in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s who subscribed to funny-face-making to engage “unused” muscles. That was before surgery became commonplace.

The 21st Century

Nowadays, those who choose not to (or can’t afford to) go under the knife or laser, practice facial contortions. Some beauty experts have coined the movements as face yoga or face Pilates. It’s old hat with a new brim.

Here are a few samples of how the exercises work:

Remove laugh lines. Toning cheek muscles are the focus. Inhale and fill your mouth and cheeks with as much air possible. Look like a sax player. Hold it… then release. Repeat six times.

Tighten jawline and neck. Sit upright and tilt your head back. Look straight up. Now press your tongue, hard, into the roof of your mouth. Weird, huh? The muscles in your neck should contract like a lizard. Bring your chin down. Repeat process six times.

Reduce lip lines. The theory is that if you tighten those muscles, they’ll be less inclined to shrivel. Blow air kisses ten times. Then place your finger on your lips and kiss six times again, keeping the rest of the face relaxed.

Reduce crow’s feet. As LaLanne suggested in his video, so do beauty gurus of today. If you want to reduce lines around the eyes, practice this: open your eyes wide as if you’ve just been surprised. Hold that pose for 10 seconds. Relax.  Repeat a couple of times and feel free to do it anytime during the day (as long as no one’s watching.)

There are other benign exercises for cheeks, jowls, and even hanging earlobes—all available on the Internet. The success of  “face exercising” has not been proven—nor has it been discounted. The only thing we can satisfactorily say is that it’s a device striving to maintain a youthful appearance without being invasive. A Happy face to you!

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