The Allergy Makeover, Introduction

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At the age of 6 months old, my son, Nate became plagued with allergies. Without explanation, he began to show a range of allergic reactions, including mucus-filled stool, a constantly runny nose, and respiratory distress during viral infection. His pediatrician thought nothing of it – said it was typical for baby his age. I left feeling somewhat consoled, but given the severity of Nate’s monthly suffering, my suspicions lingered. On monthly doctor visit, he was prescribed antibiotic and drugs. How much longer should I bear with this condition? I knew something wasn’t clicking, and I started looking for deeper reasons why he was so sensitive.  I decided to do more researches and attended many medical seminar including alternative options. I found out how bad dairy is to our health. I experimented and stopped all dairy products at once for kids (my son was 18 months old then). The very next day, his runny nose and phlegm decreased significantly. It was the 3rd quarter of 2013 and for the first time my life I realized how important our choice of food intake is.

My son at age 6 months old
My son at age 6 months old

 

Nighttime was the best time for me to study, I was so driven to find any knowledge that could help my son. I read every book on allergies and nutrition I could get my hands on. Over countless sleepless nights, I came to understand allergies in a holistic way. I needed to restore his intestinal terrain, his gut flora. I had to take proactive steps to increase his body ability to deal with the moulds, toxin, metals, and chemicals that are inescapable part of our environment. Somewhere along the way, I discovered essential oils and their awesome benefits for health. Allergic diseases affect as many as 30% of the world population and the number keeps going up. Mild allergy symptoms can make the sufferer feel fatigued, congested, and bloated, with a lack of motivation or an inability to concentrate. Severe allergy symptoms have such aggressive inflammation reactions that they must use an EpiPen or go to the hospital.

I believe that a huge part of the allergy solution is prevention. What if I told you the best way to fight pollen allergies might be to stop eating cheese? Or to drink cleaner water? Or to get dust mite covers for your pillows? Once you understand what goes into creating allergies, you can modify certain aspects of your nutrition, air quality, living environment, body hygiene, and emotional stresses to create an allergy-free lifestyle. Are you ready to take an active role in your own healing? What you will find in this article is not a one-size-fits all miracle cure and not a recipe of superficial changes that you can toss away after a week. It is a total makeover of yourself and how you approach your allergies, environment , lifestyle, and health.

Understanding allergic reaction
Understanding allergic reaction

Before starting with the strategies for dealing with allergies, we need to take a step back to understand how allergy manifests. Allergens, or antigens, are specific chemical substances (natural or artificial) that are inhaled, contacted, ingested, or injected. Once the immune system detects an allergen, it recognizes it as a foreign substance, and this may trigger a cascade of physiological reactions designed to attack and neutralize that substance. We call the resulting symptoms and process “allergies” or “sensitivities.” Our diet, home, water and air are filled with countless allergens. They include moulds, yeasts, pollens, weeds, grass, chlorine, car exhaust, dust and dust mites, and many types of food.

 

Allergy symptoms can be produced by any of the following:

  • Fungi (moulds and yeasts)
  • Pollen, weeds, grass, flowers, tress, resin, natural scents
  • Dust, animal dander, dust mites
  • Food (such as proteins found in grains, meat, dairy, eggs, nuts, natural fruit chemicals, red/blue pigment in berries, oils)
  • Heavy metals (lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium)
  • Natural non-metal and metal elements (iodine, chlorine, sulphur, aluminium, and nickel)
  • Chemicals (formaldehyde, toluene, and other solvents, polystyrene foams, and plastics)
  • Toxins (aflatoxin, dioxin, cyanotoxin)
  • Gases (carbon monoxide, propane gas, car exhaust)

But there’s on other side of allergies that we need to understand: the emotional side. It’s very rare to find someone who is emotionally calm who also has allergies. This is not a coincidence. Allergies put us at war with our own bodies. At a primal level, allergens are perceived as “threats” to the body and can create a cascade of flight-or-fight reactions as the body tries to rid itself of these chemicals or toxins. The more your body fight allergies, the more stress develops. Adrenaline lifts you for a moment, but soon enough, you crash, and this stress creates a vicious circle. Sounds familiar?

You can decide how you want to live and what you have to give back to your friends, family, and planet without the weight of your allergies holding you back.

  1. Reduce Your Exposure to Allergens
  2. Restore the Body

It’s not as simple as you read. Putting them in actions are the real challenge. In the end, this makeover will be as effective as the dedication and energy you put into it. Whether it takes you seven days or seven weeks, follow the guidelines below.

  1. Nutrition
    It’s the key element in reducing your allergy symptoms, increasing your tolerance, and improving your body’s defenses.
  2. Water
    Lear about the water in your home and how it may be contributing to your body’s toxic load. By improving the quality of water in your home, you will reduce your exposure to chemicals and gases that contribute to allergy symptoms.
  3. Air
    Understand how airborne allergens from outside permeate your home, car, and office.
  4. Environment
    Keep your homes as safe and allergen free as possible.
  5. Kitchen
    The kitchen has more allergens than almost any other rooms in the house. Do a proper cleaning and food preparation as well as eliminating toxic cooking items.
  6. Body
    Cleansing practices are an often-overlooked aspect of our overall health. The amount of allergens that collect in our hair and body can be astounding.
  7. Stress
    Emotional health is important in reducing your sensitivity not o only to events but also to potential allergens.

 

Check any of the following symptoms you may experience and if applicable, rate them on a scale of 1-10, with 1 + very mild and 10 = very severe. The total refers to the number of symptoms found in each bolded category, not the severity.


DIGESTIVE TRACTS

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loose or pastry stool
  • diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloated feeling
  • Belching of passing gas
  • Stomach pain or cramps
  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Blood and/or mucus in stool
    TOTAL:___

JOINTS AND MUSCLES

  • Pains or aches in joints
  • Arthritis
  • Stiffness or limitation of movement
  • Pain or aches in muscles
  • Feeling of weakness or tiredness
  • Swollen, tender joints
  • Growing pain in legs
  • Gout
  • Fibromylalgia
    TOTAL:___


HEAD

  • Headaches
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia, sleep disorder
  • Facial flushing
  • Facial numbness
  • History of head trauma
    TOTAL:___


SKIN

  • Acne
  • Itching
  • Hives, rash, dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Flushing or hot flashes
    TOTAL:___


EYES

  • Water or itchy eyes
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Red, swollen, or sticky eyelids
  • Bags or dark circles under eyes
    TOTAL:___


EARS

  • Itchy ears
  • Earache, ear infections
  • Ringing in ears
  • Hearing loss
  • Reddening of ears
  • Excess ear wax
  • Ear tubes
  • Drainage from ears
    TOTAL:___

NOSE

  • Stuffy nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Chronically red, inflamed nose
  • Sinus problems
  • Hay fever
  • Sneezing
  • Excessive mucus formation
    TOTAL:___

MOUTH AND THROAT

  • Chronic coughing
  • Frequent clearing
  • Swollen tongue, teeth marks on side of tongue
  • Sore throat, hoarseness, loss of voice
  • Swollen or discoloured tongue, lips
  • Canker sores
  • itching on roof of mouth
  • Gagging
    TOTAL:___

WEIGHT AND APPETITE

  • Binge eating or drinking
  • Craving certain food
  • Hungry in the middle of night
  • Compulsive eating
  • Water retention
  • Lack of appetite
  • Feeling fullness
  • Excessive weight
    TOTAL:___

ENERGY AND ACTIVITY

  • Apathy, lethargy
  • Attention deficit
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Hyperactivity, restlessness
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Poor physical coordination
  • Low libido
  • Stuttering, stammering
  • Slurred speech
    TOTAL:___

EMOTIONS

  • Mood swings
  • Anger, irritability, aggressiveness
  • Anxiety, nervousness
  • Argumentative
  • Unwarranted fear
  • Feelings of overwhelm
  • Frustrated, cries often
  • Depression
    TOTAL:___

MIND

  • Poor memory
  • Confusion
  • Easily distracted
  • Learning disabilities
  • Underachiever in school
  • Difficulty of completing projects
  • Difficulty with mathematics
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Poor/short attention span
  • History of brain trauma
    TOTAL:___

LUNGS

  • Chest congestion
  • Asthma bronchitis
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent cough
  • Wheezing
  • Air hunger
  • Sleep apnea
    TOTAL:___

HEART

  • Irregular or skipped heartbeat
  • Rapid or pounding heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Heart murmur
  • Valve disease
    TOTAL:___

UROLOGICAL/GENITAL

  • Genital itch or discharge
  • Yeast infections
  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Frequent bladder infections
  • Enuresis (bedwetting)
  • Anal itching
  • Hemorrhoids
    TOTAL:___

OTHER

  • Frequent illness
  • Vaccine reactions
  • Mercury fillings
  • Antibiotics as a child
  • Eat fish/seafood more than twice a week
    TOTAL:___

GRAND TOTAL:___

After you fill it out, you can clearly identify what problems you are having. Once you have done that, it’s time to see how you can benefit from the seven keys problem solving that will change your life. I laid out the seven keys problem solving in a more thorough separate articles that you may check on www.oilogy.org 🙂

You could always drop an email to consult@oilogy.org if you have any further questions.

Thank you

Maria

 

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