Allergies and chemical sensitivities are a symptom of a compromised immune system.
Candida overgrowth in the body can be the precursor to immune dysfunction that causes all sorts of diseases and allergies to food, pollen and multiple chemical sensitivities. Antibiotics, sugar and refined carbohydrates help create and grow this problem.
Candida lives in balance with the beneficial bacteria in the colon. The colon is vital for the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of toxins, and one of its key contributors is the ability to break down the food we eat. It is the first line of defense of the immune system.
Food is broken down in the colon with the help of enzymes, yeasts and beneficial bacteria that live there; helps keep the colon healthy.
Antibiotics kill germs but also good bacteria in the colon. This results in fewer bacteria creating an imbalance, allowing Candida (yeast) to dominate. Candida remains unbalanced when there is too much sugar in the diet, whether it comes from refined sugar or from high-glycemic carbohydrates such as fruit, carrots or bread.
My theory is that Candida overgrowth in the colon begins to interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, resulting in suboptimal functioning of organs and the immune system. Additionally, a malfunctioning colon is unable to flush out toxins and compromise snowballs.
Adding beneficial bacteria (probiotics) and fiber to the diet is very beneficial. Cultured foods such as kefir, cultured vegetables and beverages are very effective in delivering intact beneficial bacteria to the colon. Getting the good bacteria from cultured food not only fills the colon, but the fermentation / cultivation process improves the nutrition of the food and predicts it, providing super nutrition, which is very beneficial, especially while the gut is healing.
Eliminating sugar and high-glycemic carbohydrates is essential and will help starve the candida.
(Note on sugar: One way doctors can identify cancer cells is by the amount of glucose a cell consumes. Apparently, cancer cells also require more sugar!)
Chemical sensitivity also develops when the immune system is not functioning properly. Examples can be severe reactions to fragrances, petrochemicals, pollution, treated fabrics and preservatives along with many other chemicals in our environment.
Air purifiers that have a filter made with coconut charcoal and zeolite can provide dramatic relief and create a less responsive place within the home.
Eliminating chemical household cleaners, pesticides, lawn care chemicals, and body care products and replacing them with healthier alternatives is extremely helpful and easy to do.
But remember, with proper nutrition, the body can heal itself, resist disease, and defend against toxins much more easily. Pharmaceuticals and air purifiers can provide relief, but they don’t solve the problem.
Rebuilding the body’s immune system can lead to lasting results.
Recipe to create health:
Focus on creating health.
Start with the colon. Add fiber to your diet, cut out processed foods, sugar and high-glycemic carbohydrates. Don’t use artificial sugar … use Stevia instead. Stevia is a herbal supplement that is very sweet, works well as a sugar substitute, and actually promotes health.
Drink lots of water, pure and clean water. Water is very effective in removing toxins from the body, cleaning the sinuses and removing cell debris. It is also a wonderful energy booster. Other liquids do not compensate for water. A cup of coffee causes the need for more water because caffeine is a diuretic and reduces the body’s water reserves. Hunger pains may actually be the body’s need for water. Water helps to shed body fat and promotes lean body tissue.
For additional support in allergy season, 8-10 glasses of water a day will help reduce inflammation of the sinuses, prevent headaches, and thin out mucus.