Eight Steps to Eliminating Allergies
by Dr Don Colbert
Let’s see, you’re not even sure what you’re allergic to – if anything. You can still prevent many allergic reactions long before they begin, or reverse them once they’ve started, by taking some simple nutritional steps. Here are eight important ways to take it a little slower, live a lot longer and enjoy the ride a little more as you go. If you have children, these eight steps can create a foundation for starting them out in life with nutritional habits that will help them to build allergy–free futures.
1. Be slow to introduce solids.
Don’t give your infant solid foods too soon. Starting your infant on solid foods too early can cause food allergies, especially if your baby isn’t breastfed. The best way to prevent food allergies in children is to breastfeed them as infants for the first six months of life before starting solids.
2. Be slow to chew and swallow.
Chew your food well. Did you know that poor digestion is closely linked to food allergies? Poor digestion starts with chewing food improperly. This, together with inadequate hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes (digestive acids will lead to incomplete digestion, which can cause a leaky gut.)
3. Avoid Aspirin
Avoid aspirin, alcohol, ibuprofen, antibiotics and environmental toxins. Yeast overgrowth in the small intestines and bacterial overgrowth caused by the items listed above may damage the immune barrier and create leaky guy syndrome.
4. Limit liquids
Don’t drink more than four ounces of fluid during a meal. It’s even better to drink your beverage thirty minutes before a meal. Many individuals drink large amounts of fluids with their meals and wash down their food with a beverage instead of chewing it thoroughly. Too much liquid while eating can dilute pancreatic enzymes. Therefore, limit fluids during meals.
5. Add enzymes
Some individuals may actually need to supplement their meals with enzymes, and some actually need hydrochloric acid. Get a comprehensive physical exam by a nutritional doctor and have a comprehensive digestive stool analysis to check for pathogenic bacteria, overgrowth of yeast or parasites.
6. Get good bacteria.
Take in good bacteria – which includes lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus – to re-colonize the GI tract. You can replenish your body with good bacteria by eating plain yogurt.
7. Introduce interesting foods.
Don’t eat the same foods all the time. Food allergies are also caused by excessive and repeated consumption of the same foods, especially for a person with leaky gut syndrome.
8. Watch out for chemicals in foods.
Finally, I believe that more and more individuals are experiencing food allergies because of the excessive chemical pollutants that we are consuming in our food and water. Make an extra effort to select foods and liquids based upon purity and freshness. Avoid processed foods that contain a lot of chemicals, and check out the organic vegetable section at your grocers. Organic foods are grown free of toxic chemical and additives and are much better for you.
These simple, basic measures can help your intestines to absorb only well-digested nutrients into your blood stream, which is a giant first step in preventing food allergies.
If you are experiencing food allergies, this plan includes giving your body plenty of the vitamins and supplements. These powerful nutrients will help to restore intestinal mucus back to health.
Glutamine. To heal the cells of the small intestines, I recommend two tablets, or 1,000 milligrams, of glutamine three times a day. Take them about thirty minutes before each meal.
I also recommend a combination product called Total Leaky Gut from Nutri-West. It contains glutamine, N-acetyl, glucosamine, DFL., slippery elm, lipoic acid, zinc and vitamins C and E. (DGL, is a form of licorice that has had glycyrrhetinic acid removed, since glycyrrhetinic acid occasionally causes high blood pressure. You can find it at your local health food store.)
Bromelain is a digestive enzyme that will help you digest proteins. Bromelain comes from pineapples, and when it is absorbed, it has anti-inflammatory activity. Take 200 milligrams twice daily.
GLA, which is found in evening primrose oil, black currant oil or borage oil, is a fatty acid that the body converts to PGE1, which has anti-inflammatory properties. The normal dose is approximately 300 milligrams a day; however, you may take up to 1,500 milligrams a day to suppress inflammation.
Take the above nutrients daily will help your body to mend the integrity of the intestinal tract and will improve the way nutrition is absorbed into your bloodstream.
If you sneeze, wheeze, cough and drain because of airborne allergens, the following list of vitamins and supplements will help you to strengthen the special needs of your immune system
Vitamin C. I recommend 1,000 milligrams of buffered vitamin C, three times a day. High levels of buffered vitamin C in the body have an antihistamine effect. Vitamin C also helps to support the adrenals. In addition to strengthening the body against environmental allergens, vitamin C also helps the body fight withdrawal symptoms and reactions caused by eating foods you are allergic to.
Bioflavonoids are also effective against allergy symptoms. They are potent anti-inflammatories and are found in the white pith of citrus fruits and other foods containing vitamin C. Bioflavonoids boost the immune system and help limit histamine reactions. You can find them in vitamin and mineral supplements such as vitamin C with bioflavonoids.
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that reduces histamine levels. Take quercetin in a dose of 500 milligrams three times a day, along with buffered vitamin C in a dose of 1,000 milligrams threeallergies times a day, to relieve allergy symptoms. Quercetin is also found in yellow and red onions.
Grape Seed Extract is another bioflavonoid that taken with vitamin C helps to suppress allergic reactions. I recommend a dose between 100 milligrams and 300 milligrams a day.
Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5, helps support both the adrenals and thymus gland, which will in turn minimize allergic responses. Take a dose of 300 to 500 milligrams per day.
Omega 3 fatty acid is a fish oil. A dose of approximately two 1,000-milligram capsules taken at each meal may help protect against allergic attacks.
Sting nettles have leaves that cause small protrusions that burn the skin when you touch them. These stingy leaves have an anti-inflammatory effect upon the body, especially when ingested together with vitamin C, and ill reduce allergy symptoms. A normal dose is 200 to 300 milligrams of nettle capsules three times a day during allergy season.
As you are faithful to take these vitamins and supplements, you will strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off allergy symptoms to any environmental toxins you may encounter.
For a more comprehensive approach to defeating allergies check out The Bible Cure for Allergies by Dr Don Colbert