Allergies and Your Diet

Our bodies are complex systems that easily can be thrown out of balance by toxins in our environment and the foods we eat. If your body isn’t able to compensate and recover from exposure to these toxic substances, chemicals and processed foods, then you could develop sensitivity, or what is known as an allergy.

Allergists estimate that 80 percent of people have allergies in one form or another and that number is growing partially due to what many believe is our “modern” diet. Allergies may appear as sneezing with a runny nose when they have an allergic reaction to pollen. Or you may develop asthma. Children can develop ADHD symptoms as a result of an allergic reaction to food, chemicals or pollens. Even conservative sources estimate that five percent of children with ADHD have their symptoms because of some type of allergic reaction.

The good news: A change in diet can do wonders to curb most allergies.

Studies show that most people’s sensitivities dramatically improve when they avoid sugar, most grains, and pasteurized dairy products. Replacing commercial milk with raw milk, if it is available in your area, from grass-fed cows is usually well tolerated by most people and is highly health promoting. It is also helpful to eat pastured eggs and meat products from humanly treated animals that are fed a natural diet, which included little or no grains, and by consuming fresh organic produce — all produced without man-made chemicals, hormones, pesticides, dyes, or additives.

Making sure enough long-chain animal based omega-3 fats (DHA and EPA) are included in your diet is also important. Grass-fed raw dairy contains the crucial omega-3 fatty acids needed for brain function, good bacteria for a healthy digestive system, and plentiful vitamins A and D for proper growth and development. It is also rich in the saturated fatty acids that nourish the brain and intestinal lining.

Lactofermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickled beets and pickles are also good sources of intestinal bacteria. Be sure to check that the products you buy really are lactofermented and not made with vinegar.

Eliminating allergies may not be as easy as drinking a glass of organic raw milk, eating a salad or serving of sauerkraut, but it is a step in the right direction.

REMEMBER: When you buy raw dairy products make sure they are from a clean, organic source, preferably a small family farm. Unfortunately, raw dairy is illegal for human consumption in some states, but plentiful in others. It is your body and your right to eat what you want. Raw oysters are legal but not raw milk?

The corporate dairy industry is responsible for making natural foods like raw dairy illegal because pasteurization allows them to run less-than-clean operations and to extend the shelf life of milk and milk products. It is all about money. More people have actually been sickened and died from drinking pasteurized milk than raw milk, but you will never hear about that in the mainstream media because the media is owned by corporations. And so is our government.

For more information on the benefits of raw dairy products and where to find them, visit www.westonaprice.org.