Is This You?
"My nose won't stop running." "I can't stop sneezing." "I always get allergies this time of the year - I'll never get rid of them." "My allergies are getting worse." "I'm tired of taking so many medications."
I often hear these complaints from my clients. And I firmly believe that there is no reason why you have to live with allergies for the rest of your life.
How is it, though, that in industrialized nations, the number of people with allergies is rising at an alarming rate. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the United States.
Conventional medicine currently offers only limited treatments - generally medications, which usually provide only temporary relief of allergy symptoms. Practitioners of holistic medicine, however, have found that by correcting the underlying causes of allergies, you can eliminate most of these symptoms for good. Modifying your diet, cleansing your body and restoring the health of your immune system are all ways to help you live allergy-free.
While we often point to pollen or dust as the causes of allergic reactions, they are actually just the triggers that cause an already-compromised immune system to react. The immune system quite simply becomes overwhelmed by poor eating habits, prolonged stress, use of medications (especially antibiotics) and unhealthy lifestyles. These abuses produce conditions like leaky gut syndrome, toxin overload and liver congestion, all of which set the stage for allergic reactions to take place. Allergies are your body's way of telling you it is struggling to cope with its internal and external environment.
Changes in Diet and Lifestyle
Avoid the substances that have been known to trigger an allergic response - at least for awhile. These include sugar, white flour, diary products, corn, eggs, peanuts, chemical pollutants, mold and smoke. Strengthen your immune system by eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and pure water, and by getting adequate exercise and rest. Activities like yoga, meditation and Tai Chi can be very helpful in stress management. The skillful use of homeopathic remedies, healing herbs and supplements will strengthen your immune system and also greatly enhance the body's healing power.
If your gut is not healthy, neither is the rest of the body.
Leaky gut syndrome - or LGS - is a poorly recognized but extremely common intestinal problem. Essentially, it means that the intestinal lining is too permeable. This means that large spaces develop between the cells of the intestinal wall, allowing bacteria, toxins and food to leak out. The immune system reacts to these particles and the result is an allergy. Some of the nutritional supplements I prescribe to help repair the intestinal lining include: glutamine, probiotics, digestive enzymes, fiber, essential fatty acids, and other appropriate homeopathic remedies. Repairing the intestinal lining is a very important step in the treatment of allergies.
Toxic chemicals are so widespread that we are often unaware of them. Toxins have worked their way into our bodies faster than they can be eliminated, and they are causing many kinds of allergic reactions. Often they get recirculated into the bloodstream or are stored in the liver, body fat or other parts of the body. If you truly want to deal with your allergies at their source, then you must eliminate excess toxins from your system.
The programs I find the most beneficial are those that assist the body to remove toxins via the Seven Channels of detoxification and elimination. These channels are the colon, blood, skin, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs and liver.
The use of an air-filtering system, such as Hepa, is very helpful in removing air-borne toxins from your home and work environment. Filters for your drinking water as well as shower filters also reduce the amount of toxins you take in.
So remember, the next time your allergies flare up, you may want to ask "What's my body telling me? What needs to be done?" You might also consider telling yourself that you don't have to live with these problems for the rest of your life.
I invite you to come to me for a consultation so we can examine together the state of your immune system and your environment. I will show you ways to improve both – and how to live an allergy-free life!
About the Author
Dr. Salzarulo is a Holistic Doctor who has been in practice for over 18 years, treating, inspiring, teaching and coaching people to empower and heal themselves. He is available for both in-person and telephone consultations. Click here to contact Dr. Salzarulo.
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