Dr. Susanne Bennett, author of The 7-Day Allergy Makeover, says that approximately 55 percent of Americans suffer from allergies. Most Americans are allergic to something: pollen, dander, dairy products, gluten, and mold are just a few of the most common allergens.
People think their low energy, problems with digestion, or headaches are “normal” when in fact, they may be the signs of undiagnosed allergic reactions.
Here are some of the most important things Dr. Bennett says people need to know about allergies:
Allergens don’t always predictably affect the body. Allergic sensitivities to food, such as sugar, can cause joint pain due to inflammation. Gluten sensitivity can produce lethargy and brain fog. Likewise, inhaling mold doesn’t simply affect breathing. It can also cause headaches and itchy skin. Many chemicals, such as MSG or artificial sweeteners can even affect emotional well-being, producing nervousness and anxiety.
The environment is loaded with allergens. Drugs and creams don’t actually treat allergies.
Americans spend over $4 billion to fight allergies each year. Drugs and creams merely mask
symptoms without addressing the root causes.
Antihistamines and other drugs may provide temporary relief, but their use is often accompanied by side effects. People who use these medications may be making their allergies worse.
If you’re using beauty products and soaps with chemicals in them (sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, and phthalates, just to name a few) you are wearing your body down with chemical allergens. Your pores are permeable; you will absorb whatever you apply on your skin.
One of the most common allergies is to soy. While avoiding dairy is essential for healing many allergies, replacing it with soy can cause terrible digestion and fatigue. Almond or coconut are options instead.
There are seven types of foods that cause the majority of food allergies: dairy products, gluten products (wheat, barley and rye), sugar, alcohol, peanuts, eggs, and mold-containing foods (such as many dried fruits, moldy cheeses, and mushrooms).
Runny noses and itchy eyes can be due to more than pollen. Pollen allergies are seasonal and usually disappear once pollen-producing plants stop releasing it into the air. If you have typical hay fever symptoms (runny nose, watery eyes, swelling, and itchiness) that last year-round, you may actually have mold allergies.
Mold is common in any damp area in the home, such as bathrooms and basements. While black mold is visible to the eye, many other forms of mold are not as easy to spot and will build up in humid areas. Mold can also be ingested when we eat certain foods, such as peanuts, dried fruits, green salads and moldy cheese (Roquefort blue cheese, brie cheese). These should be avoided for mold-sensitive individuals.
Tap water in won’t produce acute allergic symptoms, but it is filled with chemicals to which people have allergic sensitivities. Many people experience itchiness and discomfort after swimming in a chlorinated pool, yet they drink it almost daily in their tap water. Other chemicals, (arsenic, mercury, fluoride, uranium) are allowed in tap water. A carbon-filtered reverse osmosis water purifier is essential to help deal with allergens in our water.
There are over three trillion bacteria in your gut and they help process and digest foods and extract nutrients that your body could not do on its own. Howeverwe may ingest bad bacteria that hurt our digestive systems.
Bad bacteria in our gut make it more difficult to process what are known as fermentable carbohydrates, the short-chain sugars found in beans, broccoli, cabbage, and pitted fruits such as peaches, plums and cherries. Humans have a difficult time digesting these fermentable sugars because we lack the enzymes to break them down. Intolerance to fermentable carbs can produce terrible bloating, gas, cramping, and constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often the direct result of allergic sensitivities produced by bad gut bacteria.
Industrial production depends upon what are known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs. Compounds such as formaldehyde are found in many glues, vinyl products, paints, fuels, carpet and plastics.
Furniture made of particleboard will often use formaldehyde in its glue, while the “new car smell” is actually that of volatile organic compounds in the paint, leather, carpet and glue. VOCs can produce a host of allergic symptoms, such as itchy throat, headaches, brain fog, and confusion.
If you’ve ever woken up irritable, with poor concentration, and with low energy, you might be having a “sugar hangover.” If you eat too much fruit and sugar, the yeast and mold that are common in the gut will begin to ferment it. This fermentation produces an autointoxication that is similar to what happens when you drink too much alcohol.
Allergies can be healed all-naturally.
Allergies can be healed all-naturally, without drugs, creams, or medication. By improving the quality of seven key areas in our lives, we can rid ourselves of the buildup of allergens and toxins in the body.
Dr. Bennett believes that if you’re dealing with chronic symptoms every day, then you have hidden allergies that are preventing you from feeling good and achieving your optimal state of health.
Her new book The 7-Day Allergy Makeover offers clear, easy to understand, and effective strategies for people suffering from allergy symptoms – the obvious ones and the not-so-obvious ones.
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