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Let's Get Your Gut In Shape.

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This comment was recently left on my blog, and I would like to share my response with everyone.

Here is the comment as it appeared:

Christi Says:

Hi Coach G. I am an old family friend! I love your website and check in on it often. These are many of the ideals I was raised with and I am glad to see so many out here using such good common sense! Anyway I was wondering if you have come across anything more holistic for itchy eyes due to seasonal allergies. I am sick of taking bendadril and then caffine to wake up! All I could find online was cucumber slices on my eyes and that worked great til I took them off! I hope everyone is well in your family!!

-Christi

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Here is my response:

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Christi,

It's nice to hear from you. I hope this finds you and your family doing well.

Sorry to hear about your allergy problem. Perhaps this information could help a little.

Itchy eyes caused by allergies is never fun. I developed an allergy after going through chemotherapy. It still bothers me a little sometimes, but it seems to be getting milder.

The most important thing to do is to take care of the underlying cause. Here are two ideas.

1. Many allergies will go away, or at least lessen if all processed sugar is eliminated from the diet. This is not an immediate solution, but in a few weeks the symptoms should subside.

2. The basic underlying cause of most allergies is 'leaky gut syndrome'.

Leaky gut is damage to the bowel lining, caused by antibiotics, toxins, bad diet choices, or infection. It can lead to increased permeability of the gut wall to toxins, microbes, undigested food, waste or larger than normal macromolecules. This increased permeability allows things through the wall of the intestine that usually would not get through. The body recognizes these things as foreign elements in the blood stream and so initiates an immune response to get rid of them. In many cases this is an allergic response.

In other words, leaky gut syndrome is caused by the Standard American Diet (SAD) of processed foods and the polluted environments we live in. It causes inflammation in the intestine.

So what are the steps to take to heal leaky gut?

Eliminate Toxins - Avoid the use of chemical products. Eliminate the use of : chlorinated water, drugs of any type (if it's OK with your doctor, of course), antibiotics, MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate), High Fructose Corn Syrup, white flour, white sugar, hydrogenated oils of any kind, all artificial sweeteners, and artificial coloring.

Also anything that has been pasteurized is dead food and is a drain on the body.

Leaky gut also causes problems with mineral absorption. I suggest that you supplement with a good macro-mineral and trace-mineral supplement for a while. Ideally you should get all the minerals and trace minerals you need through eating good fresh organically grown foods. But leaky gut makes it harder to get the minerals from your food. I like the mineral supplement made by Trace Minerals Research based out of Roy Utah. It is made from the great inland sea water and includes all the trace minerals. It is also in a form that the body can absorb very easily. Minerals are so imperative to good health. I actually like to get the "Gourmet Spray Salt Seasoning" made by Trace Minerals Research. I spray it on my food, and I actually use a spray or two in my water bottle each time I fill it up if I'm using the RO (Reverse Osmosis) water.

Fiber in your diet is important to get the gut functioning properly. It helps with nutrient absorption. It also keeps you regular. The best way to get fiber is by eating fresh fruits and veggies. Eat them raw as often as possible. Also eat whole grains and nuts.

Get good nutrition by eating plenty of leafy greens and whole grains as well as fresh fruit, and get good fat by eating nuts, particularly walnuts and pecans. In fact some people have been helped with allergies simply by getting oils in proper balance by eating walnuts or pecans regularly. Lots of antioxidant rich foods (the colorful ones) should also be eaten.

The intestines need plenty of water to keep them flowing and cleaned out. One very successful gut doctor has his patients drink a quart of good clean water one half hour before each meal. My basic rule of thumb for water is to take your weight in pounds, divide it by 10, and drink at least that many cups of water every day. That is a baseline. If you are trying to flush something out of your system or lose weight, increase that amount by up to a factor of 2. (In other words, double it.) Of course if you are working out in the hot Arizona sun, your water intake must increase to compensate for that as well.

If you can find yogurt that has the live bacteria in it, but no artificial sweeteners, that is a good way to repopulate the good bacteria in the gut to help with digestive health.

Avoid antibiotics, they kill both good and bad bacteria, and you really need the good ones.

If you really need to have an antibiotic, use garlic. It has good antibiotic properties against the bad bacteria, but generally won't harm the good bacteria.

As you live a healthy lifestyle and eat well your body can heal it's self and eventually allergies can subside and disappear.

In the mean time, blink a lot and get plenty of rest for those sore eyes.

As far as other holistic types of remedies, there are energy techniques for treating allergy problems. Some of these are EFT, APN, NET, and TBM.

There are some learning curves to learning how to use these, or you can find a practitioner to go to.

There are also some herbs that can be used for a temporary solution. Butterbur has been used as a successful antihistamine.

I've also been told that a herbal combination product of quercetin and stinging nettles works well to combat allergy symptoms.

Some use quercitin alone. Quercetin is found naturally in apples, onions, red grapes, citrus fruit, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, cherries, raspberries, and the fruit of prickly pear cactus.

I discovered that quercetin is also found in tomatoes with the interesting side note that organically grown tomatoes had 79% more quercetin than conventionally grown tomatoes.

Quercetin is also used in conjunction with natural buffered Vitamin C.

Apples are so high in so many good things. I'm beginning to believe that perhaps an apple a day will keep the doctor away.

Caution: the benadril and caffeine are not doing you any good. They are actually both introducing more stress into the system. They are both toxins as far as the body is concerned.

Good luck with this Christi. Keep me up dated from time to time on how you are doing. Also feel free to write with any other questions or concerns.

Remember that I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice. This is just information I have learned over the years. My opinions are only mine, you must decide for yourself.

I would be happy to help you in finding any other information you would like to find on the subject, or any other subject for that matter.

Coach G.

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I hope you found that interesting and perhaps even helpful if you are in a similar situation.

Also remember that Jerusalem artichoke is great help build a healthy gut.

Remember that health comes from within. We need to give our bodies the resources that they need to take care of themselves. Treat them like your own children. Give them the things they need, but don't indulge them too much. Protect them from the bad stuff. Encourage them to work and be productive members of society. Make sure they get enough sleep, but don't let them be too lazy.

Just eat a high quality natural foods diet, exercise, drink plenty of good clean water, make sure you get fiber (whole raw foods), get plenty of sleep, breathe deeply and have a gratitude attitude.

Your body will take care of you, if you take care of it.

Coach G.

 

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