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Food Allergies and the Digestive Connection
An allergen can be just about anything and part of the problem. An allergic or sensitive person can become worse at times and can change over time. This could give the impression that the allergic person is a hypochondriac, overreacting and overly worried.
This type of problem can be elusive and difficult to pin down. You know that your nose is running and your eyes are red or that your stomach is cramping and your heart is beating hard and fast, but where in the body is the illness? Is it in your heart? Is it in your head?
The Immune System:
Every organ, every tissue, everything that comprises the body is made up of groups of cells. A cluster of a certain type of cells will make the liver or the stomach or the skin and so on. Constant interactions are taking place between these various organs and tissues relaying messages back and forth. Together they all make up the immune system.
This system in our body that is nowhere in particular yet everywhere in general and needs to be in tiptop condition in order to do its job properly. In the case of allergies, the immune system is overactive and working overtime.
The immune system will attack incoming substances as invaders. With this attack comes a physical reaction or war. The allergy sufferer has symptoms from these foreign "invaders".
Every cell is surrounded by a fluid that protects it and helps to eliminate the waste products produced by that cell. This fluid is generated by the lymphatic system, is called lymph. The lymph carries these toxins and unwanted debris to the lymph nodes where it is filtered, cleansed and recirculated. The lymphatic system includes the spleen, tonsils, thymus and lymph nodes.
When the body becomes heavily laden with impurities, the cells suffocate in toxic waste. This waste flows through the blood, the lymph and through every part of the body. The immune system can no longer protect its domain or do it's job adequately. We are constantly being bombarded with pollution, environmental toxins, pesticides, food additives and household chemicals that invade our systems and challenge our health daily.
The Digestive Connection:
Eating properly is the key. With every meal, each time you eat you are either contributing to your health or stressing your system and borrowing from your health. If you borrow too much the reserves get depleted and you are in debt. It will cost you much more to regain your health than to maintain it.
If the diet is less than perfect, it will be deficient in enzymes. Enzymes are required to digest the foods that you have ate. Enzymes are naturally present in live foods, designed to assist in the break down and assimilation.
"When these two things are out of balance, the body is at a disadvantage. It has to struggle and work extra hard to keep the balance. It will borrow from other places to replenish insufficient supplies and will over compensate where it needs to.
Eventually the whole digestive system becomes weak and under active. If the stomach cannot properly digest its food, it passes undigested material to the small intestines. The small intestines are not equipped to deal with this problem and sends out an alert. This could be an array of different symptoms. The stomach will send signals of distress. Most of us ignore these calls because we either don't take them seriously or simply don't know what to do about them. So we do nothing and now we have two parts of the body to repair.
The undigested food goes on to the colon. If the colon doesn't have enough fiber, nutrients, vital energy or water to properly remove the waste, it will suck out the moisture and the dry fecal matter will attach to the bowel wall where it will create a toxic backlog. The toxins from the colon back up into the whole system via the blood and the lymph and you end up with the cells immersed in a pool of poisons. This is called auto-intoxication.
How does this pertain to allergies?
If the body has become toxic, that means that something has got to give. The immune system cannot properly communicate. In an attempt to save itself, it becomes overactive, and this is what gives rise to allergies and an autoimmune disorder.
The symptoms will manifest themselves in the body's weakest area and some may get hayfever due to a lung weakness, some may get food allergies due to a weak digestive tract, while others may have sinus problems.
Catching the Culprit:
If your allergies are related to food you need to eliminate them from the diet, at least for awhile. Common food allergies/sensitivities are: wheat, dairy, eggs, citrus, rice, peanuts, other nuts, corn, sulphites, food additives and dyes, chocolate and strawberries.
Some people will go on an elimination diet, omitting suspect foods for at least seven days and then reintroducing them into the diet one at a time. The body will respond with a slightly more acute reaction since the food has not been there to aggravate symptoms for awhile.
Another way to identify allergies is to take your pulse before eating, then eat the food and take the pulse again within twenty minutes. If your pulse has risen by ten beats or more you will want to avoid that food.
An allergy occurs when the immune system makes an antibody to a perceived allergen and causes a sensitivity or intolerance when certain enzymes are lacking and the food cannot be fully digested. Food sensitivities can become allergies if particles from the undigested matter get into the bloodstream via a perforation in the intestinal wall, causing a reaction. This is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Once food allergies are identified, you can move to improving the quality of the diet. Eat plenty of vegetables, moderate amounts of fruit, whole grains and protein.
Supplements to the Rescue
Many allergies are due to a nutritional deficiency, add Super Supplemental multi-vitamin/mineral, Calcium Plus Vitamin D is required for proper digestion and many other functions. Food enzymes will take a stress off the digestive system and reduce symptoms of bloating and gas. They will help you to get more nutrients out of your food and supplements. Bifidophilus Flora Force will help to replenish the colon with the friendly bacteria. Those friendly critters help to keep you regular and assist in the breaking down of the fecal matter.
The right type of fat is essential to proper digestion. Add Flaxseed oil to your meals and get rid of the BAD fats.
Herbs are full vitamins and minerals that your body can easily assimilate and are healing. Alfalfa is referred top as the “king of herbs,” it’s full of nutrients, amino acids and eight enzymes. Take before meals as a digestive enzyme.
Eleuthero is an adaptagen. It assists the body in coping with stress a big factor in most people’s lives but particularly if you’re troubled with health issues.
Una de Gato is excellent for the immune system and for intestinal disorders.
Licorice root can supply the body with energy. It strengthens the adrenal glands and expels mucus from the lungs. It soothes intestinal inflammation and has a laxative effect. Use with caution as it can elevate blood pressure if used for an extended length of time.
Burdock and Dandelion root are powerful liver cleansers. A good liver cleanse is vital to restoring health back to normal. The liver filters toxins daily and it needs to be cleaned so it can function well.
A cleansing is the best way to get back on track. It allows the digestive system to take a break and expel toxins from the system. The cells will once again be able to breathe and function. Try: Tiao He Cleanse or Bowel Detox.
Exercise is good for every part of the body and mind. It helps to clear out toxins, regulate the bowel, give a sheen to the skin and eyes, lower blood pressure, strengthen the heart, etc.
Allopathic medicine says allergies are for life, but that does not need to be so. We are the masters of our bodies and our minds and anything is possible. Just thinking about it isn’t enough, it takes work. A lifestyle change is in order, but it truly is worth it.
Get yourself well and then help others to get well too!