Breakfast in Bed: Miracle Allergy Cure?
Los Angeles — A miracle cure for allergy has been found: it’s breakfast in bed! While this solution may stress some marriages, breakfast in bed definitely helps break up morning sneezing and hacking.
Noted ENT specialist Dr. Murray Grossan explained: ‘When someone has allergies, the normal temperature regulating mechanism is ‘off’. In sleep the body temperature is lowered, and it takes time for the body to return to ‘normal’ temperature, i.e. 98.6 degrees. Usually this takes place when the body brings blood to the skin and increases the metabolic rate, which generates heat. In the case of allergy or sinus sufferers, this normal mechanism is disrupted, and the body tries alternate strategies to warm up the body. The allergic person sneezes, coughs and hacks; this happens to be a very effective mechanism for warming the body, but it starts a cascade that releases anti-allergenic compounds produced by the body. The cascade, once started, may continue for a while’.
Better if we don’t start this cascade. If you have the option, stay in bed for a few minutes after waking. If this isn’t practical given your schedule, there is something simple you can do to help get your morning off to a good start.
Warm your body up to room temperature with hot tea. The hot drink brings the body to its proper temperature and wakes up the cilia of the nose and chest. The cilia work to rid the body of dust accumulated during sleep.
If you’re rushed in the morning, try making a thermos of tea, or buy an automatic pot with a timer. You can use your coffee maker to heat hot water for tea.
Adding food probably improves the process. My patients have found that if they have tea, especially with food, they avoid the morning sneezing attack and may have days free of allergy symptoms.
The tea need not be with caffeine. Grossan noted that you don’t need to target a specific type of tea to benefit: ‘What brand? I wish I knew. Original research at Johns Hopkins used regular store tea. If I could get a 20 million dollar grant to study teas I could find out.’
He cautions that these principles apply to the rest of the day as well. If you have allergies, carry a sweater or windbreaker so you’ll avoid getting chilled. The allergic body doesn’t handle temperature changes except by unwanted sneezing.
Iced drinks should be limited during allergy season. This also can trigger sneezing or coughing. Not that this will seriously harm you, but the fewer symptoms the better.
Now for the bad news. Hot spices – peppers, hot mustards, etc can add to the allergy symptoms.
Sorry, I don’t make the rules. BUT, when the season is over, these spices are OK.
Murray Grossan, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer of Allergy Buyers Club.com and more advice from Dr. Grossan can also be found on the web at:
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