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Food Allergies


Food Allergies: Origins & Treatments


A food allergy is an abnormal reaction to food that triggers an immune response. In more severe cases such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) the body can’t defend itself and differs from a simple allergy. MCS affects over sixteen percent of Americans. 1

Food allergies often take place after a reduction of "friendly" bacteria in our gut's microbiome that allow pathogenic organisms to move in, which initiates leaky gut. Particially digested foods accompany virus, bacteria and other organisms that now stream past the gut lining non-selectively. This process stimulates our immune system and identify foods we are commonly eating as problematic. Our immune system will mount a counter attack and create what we call a food allergy. 

The liver also has a role to play in all this. Suffering from leaky gut, the liver is often in a state of over capacity and can no longer function effectively to perform acts like reducing toxins in the body. The increase in free floating toxins exacerbates an immune response already on high alert in an effort to protect itself from foreign particles from the gut. [See: Leaky Gut]

Treatment

Removing all toxins from the environment is the first step in recovery. This includes all toxins from meals containing pesticides, GMOs, molds and fungi. Also, take a look at personal care products including; shampoos, soaps, deodorants, perfumes, lotions and makeup. Many of these contain endocrine disrupting chemicals reviewed in a separate article. Secondly, the sleep environment must be cleared of mold, dust mites and mattresses treated with flame retardant chemicals. Investing in a HEPA filter would further improve air quality.

The causes of more severe cases are usually two-fold; liver toxicity and an imbalance of intestinal flora. The compounds in Hepatiben suport liver health and reductions in free floating toxins. Bringing the gut back into balance requires a reduction in opportunistic organisms like candida and biofilm, which can serve to protect deleterious organisms from our IgA (immune system compounds on the lumen side of our digestive tract. We recommend using a strong enzyme like Serrapeptase, to breakup biofilm and incorporating Candida Complex, is a great way to support candida rebalancing and reduction of GI tract parasites. More severe cases of leaky gut also benefit from repair ingredients of Leaky Gut Repair, so the soft tissue can recover. This will enable a surface that friendly bacteria can then bond to and flourish.


Make You Own Sports Drinks & Make It Healthy

Make You Own Sports Drinks & Make It Healthy


Tired of Gatorade? Sick of reading ingredients you know are harmful, but you need to rehydrate during a sporting event? This recipe will replace lost calories and electrolytes! If you need to dial back the fruit juice, you can cut the fruit ingredients in half.

Watermelon: Has a high water content for fast hydration and lycopene that helps with skin protection from too much sun exposure.

Green Apple: Provides potassium and magnesium that helps with headaches associated with dehydration.

Cucumber: One of the best vegetables for natural hydration.

Celery: A natural source of sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and phosphorus.

Orange: A high dose of vitamin C that can aid the immune system.

Romaine: Another nice dose of magnesium to aid in dehydration and calcium for bone health.


Ingredients

1 cup chopped seedless watermelon

1 apple, cored

½ cucumber

2 stalks celery

1 orange peeled

2 cups chopped romaine lettuce


Instructions

  1. Wash all fruits and vegetables and place into a large bowl.
  2. Place all ingredients through your juicer.
  3. Clean juicer immediately.

NEW STUDY: Vit D & Toxin Connection

NEW STUDY:
Vit D & Toxin Connection


We have written about the dangers of toxins and more specifically endocrine disrupting toxins in previous posts. According to a new study published Tuesday in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers have discovered a link between toxin intake and reduced vitamin D levels.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals are well documented to have a major role in diseases that include diabetes, fatty liver, leaky gut, obesity and the list goes on. The list of these can be found here in a recent article: Toxic World: Endocrine Disruptors & Liver’s Role

New discoveries in the important role of vitamin D in human health are ongoing. Vitamin D is a critical compound necessary in cardiology, immunology, cancer, diabetes and other health conditions. Finding the links between these toxins and any reductions in vitamin D raises certain issues that deserve closer examination.

Study Results

This new study collected data from 4,667 adults over a five-year period. Their endocrine disrupting chemical exposure was measured through urine analysis. The results were very conclusive; adults who had a greater exposure to these toxins in the bloodstream consistently had lower serum levels of vitamin D. The correlation was even more prevalent in women than men.

“The higher the body toxin levels the greater the Vit D decline. Highest correlation are in Women.”

Humans have never before been subjected to such a toxic environment as they are today. Exposure is coming at everyone from pesticides, herbicides, solvents, industrial waste, personal care products, and the nation’s food chain in the form of GMOS – literally everywhere.

Avoiding these chemicals is no longer possible, though limiting them is critical. Supplementing with cleansers from nature needs to be part of everyone’s daily regimen. Here is a list that Supports Nutritional Detoxification pathways in the body:

Silybin (Milk Thistle)
Silybin or silybum marianum is the active compound in Milk Thistle and responsible for its liver-protecting attributes. Milk thistle benefits are well documented in liver detoxification. It neutralizes liver toxins, promotes regeneration of hepatic cells and decreases inflammation. Though not all milk thistle is the same and our raw material has been specifically tested for potency. Silybum marianum benefits are enhanced when combined with Phosphatidylcholine.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
An organic form of sulfur. MSM is essential in creating new hepatic cells. It is also needed to form Glutathione, arguably the most important liver detoxification compounds in the liver. Liver function is greatly enhanced in studies incorporating MSM in the regimen.

Turmeric (95% Curcuminoids) 

Listing all the benefits of this ingredient would be a fool’s errand. However, it has been used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and liver inflammation. It’s important this not be combined with black pepper as is so often the case in other formulations. Black pepper interrupts the detox cycle in the liver, this is exactly what we are up regulating.

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
This compound is kept in the emergency rooms across the country as medical staff know the ability of NAC to arrest acute liver damage. NAC rapidly restores depleted glutathione levels, sparing liver cells from the ravages of toxic/oxidant damage. NAC alone can reduce liver enzymes significantly.

Phosphatidylcholine (PC)
Elevated levels of phosphatidylcholine help in “Leaky Gut” repair as many with decreased liver function complain of irritable bowel syndrome. The choline compound also increases the effectiveness of silymarin 2-3x. defend cell membrane during oxidative stress from being broken down. This of course will aid in the fight against NAFLD progression to NASH or more progressive forms of reduced liver function.

Tips to Help Avoid Endocrine Disrupting Conditions (EDCs):

  1. Choose organic produce whenever possible.
  2. Eat free-range, organic meats to reduce exposure from added hormones and pesticides. Whenever possible buy from your local farmer.
  3. Buy products available in glass containers rather than plastic or cans to avoid Bisphenol-A, Bisphenol-B and other plasticizers.
  4. Replace non-stick pans with glass, ceramic, or cast iron.
  5. Drink RO [reverse osmosis] filtered water.
  6. Use a showerhead with a filter.
  7. Use household cleaning products that are free of phthalates, BPA, and fragrances. Vinegar and baking soda are very effective.
  8. Use personal care products that are free of heavy metals and toxins.