Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have had hives since the middle of last November. While the allergy and dermatology doctors have finally (last week) diagnosed “chronic hives,” none of the medications they have prescribed have helped much. Hoping you can help.” — Maxine K., Fort Wayne, IN
A. Dear Maxine, I am so sorry to hear about your struggles. The first thing that comes to mind when I hear someone is suffering from chronic hives is adrenal fatigue.
The adrenal glands are two small glands about the size of an acorn, one sitting on top of each kidney. They are responsible for secreting important hormones, including cortisol, that help the body respond to stress. Many of us are living lives full of stressful events – work, family, commuting, finances and more. All this stress may cause our adrenal glands to work overtime, leading to what is often called adrenal fatigue, or adrenal exhaustion.
There are a number of necessary nutrients that the adrenals require to function at their peak optimal level. So, in order to support and repair the adrenals, I would first recommend taking an adrenal support formula that contains DHEA, adrenal extract, L-tyrosine, licorice, P-5-P and Rehmannia root extract, along with additional ingredients. These ingredients work together to help repair the adrenal gland, as well as support the body’s ability to respond to environmental stress in a healthy manner, which helps restore optimal adrenal function. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this combination twice daily.
In addition to supporting the adrenals, I would also suggest adding a formula that contains a special combination of boswellia and curcumin. These two Indian plants exhibit very effective anti-inflammatory properties, which will help to further reduce any skin irritation. I recommend taking one softgel of this combination twice daily. Because standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses micronized curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid, to at least 5% or less. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.
And finally, I would recommend adding calcium lactate to your daily routine. While more well-known for its ability to protect bones, calcium also protects soft tissue from conditions such as rashes, sun burn, fever blisters, cold sores and cold and flu. Making sure your body gets optimal amounts of calcium will help protect the soft tissue from being damaged.
Terry . . . Naturally