Are Allergies Connected to Your Other Health Problems?

Category: Articles, Blog • Mar 19 2021

The Allergy Weight Gain, Thyroid, Autoimmune Disease and Adrenal Connection

Weight gain, autoimmune disease, thyroid problems and pretty much any health condition out there, can be made worse by an allergen (substance like pollen that produce allergy symptoms).

 

How does it work?

 

Some people don’t have a traditional allergy symptom. Meaning, a person with hypothyroidism might NOT experience any sinus or allergy symptoms at all, but instead, might experience a worsening of their thyroid symptoms–fatigue, weight gain, food cravings, hair loss weak nails and so on.

Allergens (substances like pollen that produce allergy symptoms), can increase inflammation in the body.  Inflammation causes your adrenal glands to start to overproduce their most powerful anti-inflammatory hormone, cortisol.

An overproduction of cortisol can cause belly fat, insomnia, irritability, mood swings, salt cravings, blood sugar problems and it can also interfere with the production and conversion of thyroid hormone.

Boy are we in a pickle now!

 

It’s true, that just being in contact with something from the environment that your body is sensitive to (allergic to),  can cause these other symptoms outside of the traditional sinus symptoms .

Allergies

First off, what’s an allergy?  An allergy is your immune system overreacting to an external substance such as, a pollen from a plant, food or chemical.

Now I say very specifically overreacting because in truth, not including chemicals, most natural substance shouldn’t cause an allergic response–sneezing, coughing, hives, stuffy nose, watery eyes and so on.

So what happens with an allergy?  Well, how much water will a bucket hold?  What are you talking about Dr. Rob?  What does a bucket holding water have to do with our immune system and allergies?

Well, I’m gland you asked.  A bucket will only hold as much water as it can hold, that’s obvious.  Your detoxification system is the same way.

Meaning, your liver, gut and kidneys can only hold onto to a certain number of toxins and once they become overfilled, they will spill over like a bucket of water that has been overfilled.

So, if you have leaky gut (see video below), you have toxins constantly leaking into your bloodstream overloading your liver, kidneys and immune system.

Leaky gut might fill up this systems about 3/4 to their maximum potential.  Think again of the bucket of water being 3/4 the way full.

Now add to your body junk from a poor diet, junk from plastic water bottles, household cleaners; I think you get the point.

Your personal bucket (body) might now be filled almost all the way to the top.  In the spring time you now only have to add to your body just a little bit of pollen and your have reached your limit.  You will now overflow like the overfilled bucket and here comes the allergy symptoms.


What’s Some Solutions for Allergies?

First, things first, identify if you have leaky gut.  Leaky gut can be caused by parasites, bacteria, mold, fungi, an inability for your pancreas to produce enzymes, low stomach acid and certain environment toxins.

I like the Root Cause Assessment as a first step because it’s so affordable.

Second, consider removing the following foods from your diet,  dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, gluten, fish or shellfish and corn.

Third, consider a good detox program.  You can gain more information about detoxification programs here:  Detox Programs

Fourth, consider reducing your exposure to environmental factors so you are not filling up your bucket (body) with as many chemicals by implementing the below recommendations where logical.

  • Use allergy rated filters on any forced-air heating or cooling systems
  • Invest in a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in those rooms where you spend the most time. If you only get one HEPA filter, the best place is probably your bedroom.
  • Use a dehumidifier—every living organism needs water to live—let the molds, dust mites and all the rest get their own water!  Be cautions though as sometimes this can dry out your sinuses and aggravate allergic symptoms.
  • As much as possible, get rid of carpets and rugs—dust mites, molds, cockroaches and all other pests don’t do so well on tile or wood floors
  • Keep everything dusted, swept and vacuumed—use a HEPA filter on your vacuum
  • Wash all bedding at least once a week in hot water. Use allergen-proof covers for mattresses and pillows
  • This one may be tough—but either frequently wash or permanently remove stuffed toys and stuffed animals—these can be dust mite condos!
  • Make certain your bathroom and kitchen surfaces are mold-free.
  • Store your nuts and seeds in the refrigerator to limit mold growth. 
  • If you have animals, have them bathed frequently and for those long-furred animals, get someone else to keep them groomed.

Outdoor allergies can be somewhat more difficult to control—but try these methods to reduce your allergy symptoms!

  • Stay indoors when the pollen is out. This is especially true between the hours of 10am and about 2-3 pm or on windy days. The best time to go outside is right after it rains—the rain literally washes the air out!
  • Let someone else do the yard work. If you just love outside work, invest in a pollen mask
  • Wash clothes and hair after spending any time outside and rinse off exposed skin
  • Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging your wash outside
  • Check with your local weather services to see when high pollen counts are expected—and then keep doors and windows closed

Fifth, get a good nutritional support as it can be beneficial to add to your daily diet during the allergy season.

If you have questions your need some help make sure to reach out to us as we are happy to help!

Much Love,

Dr. Rob

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