Your feelings of anxiety, bloating, depression, sleeplessness, fatigue, or chronic headache may all be due to an elusive, underlying cause: hidden allergies. Even weight gain can be caused by the body's response to an environmental substance.
In his breakthrough book, "The Allergy Solution: The Surprising Hidden Truth about Why You Are Sick and How to Get Well," noted integrative physician Dr. Leo Galland along with co-author Dr. Jonathan Galland unlocks the key to the hidden crisis that's gripping a potential 30 million Americans and over a billion people worldwide.
"If you have chronic, fluctuating unexplained symptoms or have been told that you have an inflammatory condition, allergy may be the cause," Leo Galland tells Newsmax. "The more they fluctuate and the greater the number of bodily systems that are involved, the greater the likelihood of allergy. In 'The Allergy Solution' I provide a questionnaire and checklist to help you determine possible allergic triggers for your symptoms. I also supply a technique called 'The Power Wash' to help you decide if food allergies may be the cause of your distress."
Leo explains that 100 years ago, hardly anyone had allergies but today we have many environmental factors to blame — the foods we eat, products and chemicals in our homes, and pollution outdoors. But the good news is that by controlling your environment you can gain take control of your allergies and take back your health.
Here are four lifestyle changes you can make right now to boost your protection from hidden allergies. For more information on Galland and his book, visit drgalland.com.
- Make flavonoids your friend. Look for brightly colored fruits, vegetables, and spices — particularly strawberries, parsley, and oolong tea, which have extraordinary nutrients to boost immune function.
- Check your clothes. Toss out those antibacterial leggings and sports bras that are supposed to mask natural body odor. What makes your gym clothes smell bad is bacteria from your skin that comes from and produces odor. If there is an antibacterial product in your clothing, it's probably triclosan, an antibacterial used in soaps and shampoos. This product can disrupt the balance in your gut bacteria, so choose clothes that breathe and are made with natural fibers when you work out.
- Clean up your act. It's not just the foods we eat, our homes can contain major triggers for allergies. "The most insidious and dangerous environmental allergy is mold," says Galland. "I've seen really severe chronic disease as a result of contact with mold." Call in a pro to evaluate the mold in your home and handle its removal.
- Do a "power wash." "The Allergy Solution" includes guidelines for giving your system a "power wash" to remove common food allergies like wheat, soy, dairy, corn, yeast, and eggs. Galland notes that his plan is not an elimination diet but a combination of vegetables, fruit, spices, herbs, and teas that nourish your body with immune-boosting nutrients like flavonoids, folic acid, and plant sources of vitamin A.
Galland says that these steps are just a start and people should always get a comprehensive physical checkup with their health care provider in order to determine the root of the problem.
"An allergy is basically a manifestation of the way your immune system responds to foreign substances signaling an imbalance," says Galland. "I want people to know that in many cases, they don't have to suffer with this. It's just about finding the way back to balance."
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