Fall is a time of year where we often see an aggravation of allergies. The drop in moisture in the air makes our mucus membranes drier and more susceptible to allergens. Adjusting to the changes in temperature, light, and barometric pressure is also a stressor on our immune system.
If we suffer from allergies, being respiratory like rhinitis or asthma or cutaneous like eczema or hives; we need to pay close attention to our digestion. There is increasing evidence showing the relationship between an unhealthy gut and allergies, autoimmune disorders, ADHD and even learning disabilities.
The role of increased toxicity
Toxins in our food and environment damage the gut flora, the walls of our intestines, and impair our digestion. The bacteria in our intestines is part of our immune system, if it’s not healthy our immune system will not be able to protect us against the environment or the degeneration of our own cells.
Blood analysis of umbilical cords of newborns has shown that babies these days are born with over 250 toxins in their system. This correlates with the increase in allergies and vaccine damage. Women should consider eliminating toxins from their diet and optimizing their flora before getting pregnant.
What to do
If you have allergies take a close look at your diet. Avoid over processed foods, preservatives and additives and develop an awareness of the foods you may be sensitive too. It’s a good idea to keep a journal where you can record what you eat and correlate it with symptoms. Food sensitivities can cause a myriad of reactions, from gastrointestinal upsets to headaches, skin problems, respiratory issues, joint pain and insomnia. Eliminating from your diet the foods that you are sensitive to and undergoing a program to heal your gut could allow you to reincorporate them later on.
Start eating a diet high in good quality nutrients; it’s one of the best ways to have a competent immune system and optimal health. To counter autumn’s signs of dryness consume moistening foods like spinach, barley, millet, pears, persimmons, seaweeds, almonds, pine nuts, sesame seeds, flaxseed, eggs, clams, oysters, crab, mussels, herring, pork.
Boost your gut flora by doing a course of probiotics or incorporating fermented foods like non-pasteurized kimchi or sauerkraut.
One of the best ways to heal the digestive system and tonify the entire body is consuming bone broth.
Bone broth provides a myriad of immune optimizing nutrients, as well as minerals to strengthen the bones, gelatin to repair the mucus lining of the intestines, collagen to promote healthy hair and nails, glucosamine to reduce joint pain, and amino acids with anti-inflammatory and calming properties.
Bone Broth Recipe
Grass fed beef/lamb/pork bones, free range chicken bones ( save the bones and carcass after roasting a chicken), fish bones and head.
8 cups of water
4 celery stalks chopped
1 onion chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 TBS chopped parsley
2 TBS chopped ginger
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
Bring to boil skimming the foam that comes to the surface. Simmer for 12 to 24 hours. Broth can be used as soup base or frozen in ice cubes and used as needed.