Health

Is it Really an Allergy?

ITCHING & HIVES, developed after eating, don’t always indicate a typical food allergy. This is especially true if you have engaged in certain behaviors that can compromise the gut lining, causing what many call leaky gut*. 
We depend on an extremely thin layer of cells to keep things in the digestive system that aren’t supposed to get out. Several things can disrupt this protective barrier such as the intake of NSAID pain relieving drugs (Acetominophen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen), and drinking alcohol.

The odds of developing leaky gut increase if these actions occur together or within a close proximity in time (within one or two weeks). The likelihood is greater still with the addition of pre-existing issues like H Pylori and GERD, which is often actually caused by H Pylori.

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Often, the worst reactions occur when eating chocolate, peanuts, wheat products, and possibly eggs. However, this can vary, and one may experience itching without hives, or itching with hives when eating other foods also.

Prebiotics will be of great help to build up your natural gut bacteria, and help strengthen the gut. Prebiotics are beneficial in the replenishment of bacteria that you can’t buy in a bottle as a probiotic. 

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Certain herbs such as stinging nettle and rooibos (from which a delicious tea can be made) can be of help with reducing the severity of the hives. Rooibos also contains Quercetin, which has been shown to be helpful in the fight against leaky gut and against ulcers.

Aloe Vera juice helps to repair the damage. Use inner fillet only, not whole leaf. Avoid those with flavorings or sweeteners. Lakewood organic aloe vera juice is one of my absolute favorites!

Slippery Elm helps to coat/protect the digestive tract while it heals. Do not take slippery elm if pregnant. Pregnant women may want to take marshmallow root instead, but may need to be used sparingly and it shouldn’t be used by anyone suffering from cancer. 

Probiotics are another line of defense that can help to prevent additional damage and help expedite healing. It’s best to use probiotics that have more ‘B’ (bifidobacteria) strains of bacteria than ‘L’ (lactobacteria).

While you’re treating the issue, temporarily change the diet to one that is largely fruits & vegetables (avoid fermented vegetables): Salads (avoid vinegar-based dressings), smoothies, freshly juiced fruits/veggies, veggie soups, and plenty of bone broth. Small amounts of meat will be fine (3-5 ounces per day), particularly wild-caught fish/seafood (especially oysters), grass-fed beef, free-range chicken. Avoid all alcoholic beverages. Do not take any NSAID drugs.

*The term ‘leaky gut’ is often used to describe intestinal permeability, which is typically defined as a break in the tight junctions of the intestines that keep certain food particles from escaping. However, ‘leaky gut’ is really a blanket term that includes all situations in which particles that should not be escaping the stomach or intestines are doing so. Therefore, any damage to the mucosal lining (like ulcers) that allows food particles to escape would also be included in ‘leaky gut’.

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