How Pollen affects us

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 When pollen particles enter through your nose, eyes or mouth, your immune system springs into action? Immune cells start producing protein particles called anti-bodies. 
These anti-bodies are similar to pitchforks. They pick up the pollen and transport it over to the nearest white blood cells. Upon contact, your white blood cells immediately release a class of chemicals called “histamines.” These histamines trigger your body to start itching, watering, sneezing and wheezing in an effort to expel the pollen from your body through your eyes, nose and mouth. 

These symptoms continue as long as pollen continues to enter the body, or until the pollen sensitivity subsides. Enter Raw Honey…. how does it work for allergies? Honey in beehives contains pollen particles from the trees and plants visited by bees. Bees bring in this pollen to the hive. If the honey is not filtered during harvesting and processing, then this pollen remains in the honey that we eat. In addition, raw honey contains various beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals. In this harmonious combination, over time and with repeated exposure, your body seems to become less sensitive to the pollen. So, in some way, your immune system is being reprogrammed to stop reacting to pollen as a bad thing. Once this relearning is completed, pollen no longer triggers the negative reactions of before.
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