Over the years, I've come across a few products that really help when I've been exposed to chemicals or have eaten foods that I am allergic to. I want to stress that MCS is NOT an allergic reaction, it isn't an allergy, but many times I do use that term when I am speaking with others because it seems it makes it somewhat easier for them to understand. Most can relate to an allergic reaction, but tell them you have MCS and they have no clue and they become less receptive to what you are trying to explain.
One of the products that I keep with me at all times is Alka Seltzer Gold. It is a Godsend when it comes to reacting to something in the environment or something I ate. I highly recommend anyone with MCS or allergies to give this a try. Just take some in 4 oz of water and within minutes it helps alleviate any symptoms. If in 15-20 minutes, you still aren't feeling very well, take another dose. I honestly can only recall a couple times where I needed more than one dose of it. I've used it for MCS and food allergies and has worked for both for me. If I am exposed to a chemical and start feeling out of sorts, fuzzy in the head, nerve pains in my arms and legs, tight bands of pressure on my shins, numbness.....the list goes on, you name it, I've used it for it and with excellent results. Do a search on Alka Seltzer Gold and allergies or chemical sensitivity and you'll find many praises for this product. It contains 1000mg of anyhydrous citric acid, 344mg of potassium bicarbonate, and 1050mg of sodium bicarbonate. One other great thing about this alka seltzer is that it contains NO ASPIRIN. I believe it may work by helping to alkalanize the body's ph, therefore helping to eliminate the reactions we experience. All I know is it really works! I pray they don't stop making this! Our local CVS carries it and I know when I lived in Ohio, Drug Mart carried it and was alot cheaper there too. I always buy 3 or 4 boxes at a time, but no matter what, I always leave 1 or 2 boxes on the shelf for someone else in case they come in needing it for an emergency. I'd hate to think I took the last one and left someone in serious need without. You can read some reviews on Amazon.com. Note that this particular seller is selling it in packs of 4, not individual boxes. So don't let the price throw you off. I know that Drugstore.com also carries it and you can read the reviews there also. ***Just know that if you have MCS that they typically send samples with their products and many times they are scented. So, what I do if I just absolutely have to order anything from them is to place the order online and then IMMEDIATELY call and speak with a Customer Service Rep about the order and ask them to make a note on it to not include ANY samples at all. This has worked at random, so beware that even if you do call, it is still very possible to receive something scented in the package.
Apple Cider Vinegar is also very helpful with helping to alkalize our ph and you can either drink it with some water or use it in a bath.
*To use as a beverage, add 2-3 teaspoons in 8oz of water. Honey is also very nice added to it and I also always add some cayenne as well. I put about equal amounts of honey to vinegar and cayenne to taste.
*For a bath, pour 2 cups to a quart or more in your bath water (as hot as you can stand it) and soak for at least 30-45 minutes. It is actually very helpful in the bath and is a great way to soothe our system. The health benefits of this product are endless, really. But that's a whole other post.
Make sure you are using ORGANIC ACV with the "mother" in it for the best benefits. Using non-organic vinegar kind of defeats the purpose now doesn't it? Bragg's brand is readily available in most grocery stores now and online. Depending on what else I am ordering I may buy it from either iHerb.com, SwansonVitamins.com or VitaminShoppe.com. The advantage to iHerb is they offer Free Ground shipping on orders of $40 or more and they will also price match on orders of $60 or more, plus you get to choose up to 2 Free Samples from their Free Products page. :) I love that I can pick which ones I want! :) Swanson charges $4.95 no matter what the order and Vitaminshoppe ships Free with orders of $25 or more. They carry the gallon size which is very nice sometimes to have, but the disadvantage to that, is that it's in plastic, not glass. I prefer to buy glass items whenever possible. Your local VitaminShoppe also may carry the gallon size, but many do not anymore.
Emergen-C can be helpful also if I run out of the alka seltzer gold. Vitamin C is very well known to help halt allergic reactions. Emergen-C only has 1000mg of C in it though, so I take 2 if I am in an emergency situation or if I feel a cold coming on. Vitamin C decreases the histamine levels in the blood, therefore it is a natural antihistamine. Back in the 90's studies were done that showed that 2g of Vitamin C decreased histamine levels by 40% and the results lasted for 4 hours later. 2g can cause diarrhea in most people though, so know that. It isn't harmful in any way, just a temporary effect. If you have straight Vitamin C, I'd take that in lieu of the Emergen-C due to the other ingredients Emergen-C has. Straight Vitamin C is what you really want to shoot for here, but it can also deplete magnesium levels if taken in high doses for a length of time, so taking magnesium with it is preferable.
AbsorbMoreToxins is a product I found a couple years ago and wow, what a great product! Last weekend we were out shopping at the grocery store and it seemed like I was being bombarded with perfumes and detergents everywhere throughout the store and coming into close vicinity of customers wearing highly scented products. By the time we got home, I was having all kinds of nerve pains and feeling very toxic. We were out of the alka seltzer gold, so I reached for the AbsorbMoreToxins and it worked within 15-20 minutes. I had forgotten about the product and was glad to have some on hand. It has Bentonite clay, Glucomannan and Activated Charcoal in it. That is a winning combination to help rid our bodies of toxins for sure and it really does work! I only took 2 capsules too and it says to take 4. That's how good it is. Just remember to drink plenty of water because of the ingredients it has. Plus water is always very helpful in flushing out toxins, so drink plenty of it!
Body Pure is a homeopathic product that aids in environmental pollution and helps with nausea, fatigue, headaches, eczema and minor skin rashes, etc. Take 1 tablet 3x day or as needed. Chew and let dissolve under tongue. Many people don't realize homeopathic products shouldn't be taken within 15-30 minutes of eating or drinking anything, but water. Also one should refrain from using mint products, highly fragranced products, and that they should keep the products away from all electrical devices such as tv's, computers, lights, cell phones, microwaves, refrigerators, radios, alarm clocks etc. They are very sensitive to these items and when some complain that the products don't work, I believe it is probably due to them not following these suggestions. Homeopathy works wonders and gets to the root of the problem and enables our bodies to heal themselves when the correct remedy is given. Body Pure is a product to keep on hand for sure, but I find homeopathic remedies difficult to travel with, especially when they need checked by security at airports, etc. Most are not familiar with them and it is a MUST to keep them away from the x-ray and they usually want to set it down on the belt to check it and I have to be proactive in trying to get them to set it down on a non-electric surface further down the line. I've never been told I couldn't take them with me, but it is more of a hassle. I use homeopathy quite a bit in my life for all sorts of ailments and contribute my not being in a wheelchair and coming as far as I have in my health to homeopathy.
There are many products out there that have helped me, but these 5 are ones I seem drawn to most.
~ Just trying to live as normal a life as I can one day at a time.