3 Reasons Why I Ditched OTC Anti-Histamines for Fresh Foods
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional of any sort. Things I say here are based on my own experiences and my own research for my own benefit. I’m simply sharing here the things that work for me. Please do your own research for anything that may work for you. I do not advice on self-medication so please always consult your own specialist or physician before doing any changes in your diet.
Ever since I could remember, I’ve been prone to allergies and it just happened to become worse as I grew older. I became familiar with over-the-counter antihistamine, like Claritin, Benadryl,CoAltria and such, to the point that I became dependent on it every time I get allergies. I secretly began talking them like actual vitamins!
When I talk about allergies, those are the sneezing, the teary-eyed moment, the itchy, runny nose, the explainable headache, and sometimes, the itchy throat for unknown reasons. It could be a lot worse for someone else, but so far these have been my chronic illness for a long time now.
Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever) as they call it, is a general ailment that even until now has no medicinal cure. For us who suffer this recurring illness, it has become a habit to always reach for fast-healing OTC antihistamine with hopes that the symptoms will never come back again.
When I did my research on the effects of OTC antihistamines on the body, I initially came up with none. Perhaps because, at that time, there were little to no research done on the topic. However, I came across an article stating that “antihistamines reduce or block histamines in the body but it may also kill or inhibit the release of Diamine Oxidase (DAO) in the body — the chemical that breaks down histamine to reduce allergy-like symptoms “
Whether this argument has any basis or none, it still alerted me to the fact that anti-histamines still have side-effects. The newer or second generation antihistamines may have lower side-effects than the older or first-generation ones, but one couldn’t be any more careful
So here’s some of the reasons why I decided to quit taking OTC Antihistamines as long as my body could handle the symptoms.