In this blog series on Food Allergies, you learned to discern the difference between food sensitivities and allergies as well as some of the symptoms or conditions caused by adverse reactions to foods (part 1), and how to detect the culprit foods and which foods present the most common challenges in babies (part 2). In this last post of the series, you will learn what to do to minimize and eliminate food sensitivities and allergies. All of this information is covered in more detail in my first book “The Resourceful Mother’s Secrets to Healthy Kids.”
All adverse reactions to foods cause inflammation in the body. Food sensitivities and allergies cause the gut lining to be inflamed, which subsequently makes it hard for vitamins and minerals to be properly absorbed. Inflammation is behind all illness. I want to briefly discuss the link between inflammation and illness, by using gluten as an example. A recently written book, “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter, MD does an excellent job of explaining that gluten is behind almost every inflammatory condition, especially those involving the brain. “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis discusses how gluten causes obesity, one of the conditions caused by inflammation. Many well-known authors have shown the link between gluten and arthritis, M.S., Lupus and other diseases!
So, what do we do to reduce inflammation?
1. Cut down on eating inflammatory foods in general i.e. dairy, wheat/gluten, sugar, chemicals, caffeine, alcohol, trans-fats, and red meat.
2. Cut down or eliminate the individual foods to which we are sensitive or allergic. My electro-dermal screening machine will test over 200 foods against your body or that of your child’s to see which foods are the worst culprits.
3. Take supplements to heal the intestine, starting with probiotics (see prior post for more on this subject). Please come see me to learn the other supplements that heal the intestine, including the dosages and most effective brands.
4. Determine if hypoglycemia, parasites, candida or low stomach acid are contributors to our adverse reactions to foods. For example, if you are reacting to thirty foods or more, there is likely a chronic fungal infection (candida) that needs to be brought under control (antibiotic use is the biggest cause of this but there are many others). I can help you identify and address these types of challenges.
5. Follow the steps to optimal digestion, which include chewing your food until it’s a paste, relaxing while eating, refraining from drinking with meals because liquid dilutes our digestive enzymes, refraining from drinking cold liquids as they freeze the stomach glands and inhibit digestion, having smaller meals more often, avoiding eating after 7pm each day, and taking a digestive enzyme.
6. If you have done all of this and sensitivities and allergies are still a challenge for you or your child, then it is your emotions and relationships that need to be examined. My latest book will help you with that; it’s called “The Resourceful Mother’s Secrets to Emotional Health.” Nature’s Emporium has some copies now for those of you that live locally but it will be available on a more widespread basis later this month.
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