Alternative Medicine: Allergy season is here: Do we deed to suffer?
Allergies are often associated with weak adrenal, digestive and immune functions.
Adrenal function: Adrenal glands secrete hormones in response to stress such as adrenalin to regulate blood sugar and cortisol to help control inflammation. Allergies are a symptom of stress on the body. Continual stress can tire out the adrenals, and they lose the ability to help us adapt to stress.
Digestive function: This includes the stomach, liver, pancreas and small intestines to process food. The large intestine (or colon) removes the waste from that process. If we have poor digestive function, foods go undigested and cause irritation of the intestines.
This is where the immune system comes in. There are a lot of immune system cells in both the small and large intestines, which react to this undigested food. That is why people that are sensitive to airborne allergens may also be sensitive to certain foods.
The immune system knows that it is not normal for undigested food to be there, and the immune system becomes over-reactive, which develops into allergies to both certain foods and over-sensitive to airborne allergens such as pollen.
There is a lot of pollen in the air this time of year, which a lot of people will react to. If they had healthy digestion, healthy adrenal glands and a healthy immune system, they wouldn't have a reaction and suffer as much.
The problem is that toxic chemicals and metals have accumulated in our bodies over our lifetime. Bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus and yeast thrive in this toxic mess in the intestines and can spread to other areas of the body, so they have to be eliminated along with the toxins.
The level of toxicity can be measured with various means, including blood work and other tests. The simplest is with a strip of pH paper moistened in the mouth. The strip measures the acidity of the saliva, which reflects the alkaline reserve of the body. Most toxic people are in the acid range. The ideal pH of the saliva should be an alkaline between 7.2 and 7.4.
Many people are toxic and acidic, which correlates with inflammation in the body and can manifest in many ways including allergies, indigestion, fatigue, fibromyalgia, headaches, thyroid and other hormonal problems, difficult menstrual periods and frequent infections. They just don't feel good.
Usually, the first thing they need to do is fix the lining of the intestines. You have to have a working intestinal system to get rid of toxins.
Of course, the diet has to be good. No junk food, eat plenty of vegetables, no sugar, bread or candy. Also, drinking half your body weight in ounces of clean water is essential to help flush out the toxicity.
Once the gut is working better, then it is time to pull toxins out of the tissues of the body with specific nutrients designed for that purpose. These toxins are primarily eliminated through the intestines, which had to be fixed first. Cleansing the gut and body will take an incredible load off the overburdened immune system.
Once the immune system gets a chance to relax, digestion is normal, and the adrenal glands are strong again. Also the nervous system is balanced and many allergies and inflammatory problems start to clear up. People get their lives back, and it is gratifying to watch that unfold.
Tim Holcomb is a Victoria nutritionist, pharmacist, naturopath and chiropractor.