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Natural Cleaning Products That Do Not Make Allergies Worse

In recent years, there has been a trend towards more natural approaches to health management. Complimentary or Natural Medicine can work hand in hand with traditional Western Medicine to treat disease and manage chronic conditions.

Allergy is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. It is caused by a defect in the immune system. In the allergic person, the body improperly identifies benign, harmless proteins as “enemy” germs such as bacteria or viruses. The body creates the human immunoglobulin E and this in turn causes the production of histamine. It is the histamine that results in the itchy, watery eyes; runny nose, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, hives, eczema, and/or stuffiness that are usually associated with allergy. Most allergy medications are concerned with blocking histamine or reducing swelling.

As far back as 1985, researchers were searching for natural alternatives to pharmaceutical anti-histamines. The flavonoid quercetin has shown great promise in this area. Naturally occurring in capers, this powerful glycoside inhibits both the production and the release of histamine.

The adage “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” finds truth in the presence of quercertin in apples with skin, chives, and dry, powered cocoa.

The most natural of all allergy control methods focuses on reducing exposure to the allergy causing agent. Are you aware that phenol and formaldehyde are commonly chemicals found in many household cleaning products? Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know: most people are not aware of the chemicals under their sinks. And if you don’t know they are there, then how can you avoid them?  These toxins can cause a wide variety of symptoms including loss of concentration, rash, itching, headache, blurred vision nausea, muscle aches, and respiratory complaints.

There are many natural cleaning products to remedy the chemical wasteland under your bathroom or kitchen sink. Unfortunately, many of them either don’t work very well or have very strong odors. The common use of citrus based products (especially those made from orange oil) is a response to the encouragement of the Environmental Protection Agency to use less toxic solvents in industry. Citrus is a great degreaser, but it has a very strong odor. Most people with allergies, asthma, or chemical sensitivities cannot tolerate strong odors, be they from a “natural” remedy such as citrus or from a more toxic substance. Simple Green™ works well enough, but has a PH of 9.5. Ouch!

Industry has known for years the cleaning power of soy. It is only now becoming more widely used in the home as a cleaning agent. Soy is non-flammable, non-toxic, rinses well without leaving residue, odor free, and cleans like crazy. In addition to being a natural remedy for chemical allergy from cleaning products, soy is a renewable resource. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the United States is the world’s largest producer of soybeans, providing a bountiful flow of natural resources to the cleaning product industry.

The Clearly Clean line of cleaning products carried by the Allergy Store was developed by the Bio-Force company as an alternative to the toxic cleaners or those “natural” cleaners with strong odors and high PH. Enviro-Rite provides a natural remedy to chemical allergy, by avoiding the allergy.

The Allergy Store has carried the Enviro-Rite products since the early 1990’s and since that time the entire product line has developed a very strong following. Now you can clean with a natural cleaner that is safe and effective.

Wishing you the best of health




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