Austin Allergies: What Are Allergies?
Achoo! If you live in Austin and other allergen-laden locales, you are certainly familiar with the outward symptoms of airborne allergies. And if you’ve ever rushed to the bathroom after lunch, you may also be familiar with some food allergies and what they do to you. But did you know that depression can actually be a symptom of an allergy at work in your body? So can muscle aches, joint pain, anger and irritability, even an inability to think clearly. The list of allergy symptoms goes on and on.
The exact cause of allergies isn’t known. Western science defines an allergic reaction as the body’s defense mechanism against an allergen or foreign substance. The body’s immune system takes over in an attempt to protect it. Ironically, your body is making you uncomfortable by fighting what are often benign substances.
Allergies to airborne substances (ragweed, mold, dust, mountain juniper) are often indicative of inflammation somewhere in the GI tract. They are typically secondary to a food allergy that is creating the inflammation. Keep in mind that your body has one long “tube” running from your nose to your rectum, and inflammation in one part will affect the entire length of the “tube.” Food allergies can be developed in the body by long-term ingestion of a toxic substance (sugar, alcohol, pesticides, food colorings, wheat, trans or hydrogenated fats) and can then cascade into allergies to many other substances because of the inflammatory state of the bowels. Some allergens are actually inherited, but these are few. In fact, allergic reactions to soy, peanuts, dairy products, and wheat appear to be the only genetic allergies. Changing the pH and calming the inflammation of the bowels is the key to reducing or eliminating allergies. While it isn’t an overnight process, the results are worth it-living without sinusitis, itchy watery eyes, headaches, pressure, fatigue, drainage, sinus infections, irritable bowels, spastic colon, diarrhea, and constipation. You may be shocked to discover how many of your seemingly unrelated symptoms are actually allergies. Other symptoms of allergies include migraines, heartburn, fainting, blood-sugar problems, indigestion, and even mood disorders. Often, depression is actually a result of commonly ingested allergens, and many people find they can reduce or eliminate their need for psychotropic medications by modifying their food intake.
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