Why I Have Fewer Allergies In France

As some of you may know if you’ve read my about page or have followed me in other places online, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in France. While it’s been several years since my last trip to France, I have noticed that in general, I have fewer allergies in France.  Why? While I’m not sure why all the reasons are that I have fewer allergies in France, here are some of the reasons why I believe this is true. By the way, no I’m not planning to move to France, instead, this is meant as an interesting essay of sorts on why I believe we have more allergies in the United States. 

  1. In France, skin care products, bath and body products and other household products have fewer chemicals. In the United States chemicals such as sulfates are in almost everything. In France, they are rare if not banned in many things. 
  2. Cleaning products in France have fewer chemicals and fewer synthetics.  In the United States chemical loaded cleaning products such as bleach are commonplace, in France natural alternatives are more common.
  3. Common products such as wheat and milk are processed completely differently in France and as a result are easier on the digestive systems of many people. Milk specifically isn’t processed in France and is sold in boxes un-refrigerated rather than being sold in gallons in a fridge. 
  4. GMOs in foods are rare in France rather than being used all the time like they are in the United States. 
  5. Most perfumes, lotions and other scented products actually have real perfumes, essential oils and herbs in them in France, whereas, in the US, even those that are supposedly natural are usually synthetic. 
  6. France, in general, has less pollution from cars. In France a lot more people are used to walking, biking, and using public transportation. You don’t find everyone owning a car in France. 
  7. In France, there is less of a focus on allergy medications and drugs for everything. Yes, they still use drugs but less than in the U.S. and especially for allergies.  While allergy medications can help allergies, long-term use can also increase allergies. 

Have you noticed that you have fewer allergies when visiting or living in a different state or country than your home state or country? Tell me about it in the comments. 

 

How to Deal with an Impossible to Avoid Allergen

What do you do about an impossible to avoid allergen? If you are lucky that allergen that you need to avoid is something like pollen in the air which while you cannot avoid it, you can take some kind of medication to help. However, what do you do about impossible to avoid allergens that aren’t that simple?

It can be really complicated and annoying. For example, I recently for some unknown reason, I developed an allergy to lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit. While it might seem like no big deal, just don’t eat lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit duh. However, I soon discovered that it is much more complicated than that. What many people don’t realize is that these fruits are added to everything you can think of including but not limited to:

Water
Rice
Salsa
Soups
Chicken and Fish burgers
Corn Chips
Salad dressings
Spices

and many other things. At first, I really tried to avoid them. However, it didn’t seem to matter how much I read labels and did my research, I would still end up somehow getting some lemon or lime in me. (I found lemon and lime the 2 hardest to avoid) I might also add that I’m not talking about some minor reaction. I was having UTIS over and over or at least what I thought were UTIS and they were really painful.

So what did I do?

Fortunately for me, I discovered that at least part of the cause for my reactions was due to stress and a higher amount of acidity in my body. So by recognizing this and working to reduce stress in my life and by drinking alkaline water, I have now been able to tolerate small amounts of lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit. I still don’t eat these fruits but if I get some in a salad dressing, or when eating out, I am okay.

But what if those things don’t work for you?

1. Stress can and does cause allergies and some other health issues so take a look at the role that stress might be playing with your hard to avoid allergens.

2. Use a mask when going outside or being around large groups of people.

3. Try acupuncture– yes really. My allergies are a lot less since I began doing acupuncture treatments.

4. Download my free allergy toolkit below and go through the checklists.

5. Consider allergy shots.

6. Consider if candida or a yeast infection might be behind your allergies.

And of course, do what you can to avoid that allergen.

How to Pretty Up Your Space with a Healing Herb Garden

Have you ever considered growing a healing herb garden at home? Many people grow smaller gardens or pots with herbs in their kitchens, or in a small outside area, however, you can grow a healing herb garden of many sizes at home. Having a healing herb garden can help with improving indoor air quality and therefore reduce allergies and seasonal threats. An herb garden can also be a convenient way for you to have herbs on hand for cooking, using to help with burns, skin irritations and other common household needs.

Furthermore you can easily grow herbs in pots whereas you can’t as easily grow vegetables and fruits. You can also inexpensively purchase starter plants and herbs in pots that have already started growing. For example, when I was younger we almost always had an aloe vera plant by the kitchen sink for handy use. I remember touching something hot for example and grabbing a piece of aloe vera to soothe my burn. You can also easily purchase starter plants with basil, peppermint, rosemary and cilantro just to name a few of the healing herb garden plants that are sold at most garden stores.

If you want to get more heavily involved with healing herb gardens, here are two kindle ebooks that I’ve found helpful.

Herb Gardening for Beginners: Quick Guide to Beginning your Herb Garden Today

Herb gardening for beginners offers a great overview for people who have never done it before. From choosing a site for your herb garden to growing herbs in window boxes, hanging baskets, or pots to common mistakes to avoid, this ebook has it all. Learn all about the basics of growing and prettying up a space with a healing herb garden with this helpful guide.

and A Beginner’s Guide to Patio and Kitchen Herb Gardens: 21 Herbs You Can Grow at Home (Gardening Quick Start Guides Book 5)

This book offers a more in depth look at various common herbs and why you might want to grow them. It also talks about how to conserve and save space and how to maximize light. There is also information on how to avoid problems as well as seed and supply vendors.

Have you tried growing herbs or having a healing herb garden? Share your experience with me in the comments.