Have food allergies been giving you a difficult time? So many people are suffering from food allergies these days, and it’s not hard to see why. With such an oversaturated market of food products that range in quality, food allergies have become increasingly common. More importantly, too much time indoors and a lack of natural activity and contact with nature, are the common causes.
The base cause of all allergies, are the combination of dairy foods and fructose. In the mid-80s, when companies change from sugar to high fructose corn syrup, allergies started to worsen. More recently, agave nectar and the concentrated fruit sweeteners in many products have also contributed. All other animal foods, especially poultry, eggs, and shellfish, further contribute. Fried foods and refined oils, which are common in so many baked good, are other common links. From the macrobiotic view point, allergies are related to weakened blood quality from imbalances in diet and activity. They are also a type of chronic elimination, or detox, that results when our man excretory organs become overloaded.
While the process of what you should change in your diet may be a bit more complex, it is recommended to sign up and join SHI webinars and courses for a more informative overview of how to live a healthier lifestyle.
Here are 8 natural alternatives that you can implement today:
- Eat a variety of grains, beans, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and fruits. Plant-based foods, such as the above have been shown to reduce inflammation and allow for the body’s natural detoxification process to be more efficient and complete.
- Support your gut health with a variety of foods that contain probiotics. These include miso soup unyeasted sourdough bread, saurkraut and kimchi, salted-cured olives and umeboshi plums, brown rice and apple cider vinegar.
- Reduce or avoid the major food allergens from your diet and remember it’s more important to add than takeaway.
- Reduce stress levels by using wellness tools such as breathing, meditation, or yoga, which can help with relieving food allergies naturally! Remember: stress causes inflammation, which causes people to overeat or engage in “emotional” eating. This often leads to unhealthy food choices and tends to worsen allergies.
- Get more healthy sleep. The most deep and healthy sleep is between midnight and 4 am. So, try to be in bed well before midnight to take full advantage of this.
- Get more exercise, especially natural life-related activity and walking outside. Exercise can increase your blood circulation, and strengthen digestion, which helps relieve food allergies naturally. Exercise also provides other benefits like improved mood, weight management, as well as decreased stress levels!
- Stay hydrated by mild teas and water, and choose foods that naturally have a high water content.
- Eat at regular meal times and try to avoid snacking in between as much as possible. Remember, it is important to eat slowly, chew your food well, and not do other things while eating.
Remember, it is not all or nothing. You do not have to do all of these things immediately. Adding is more important and sustainable than taking away.