Seasonal Allergies – Or Something Else?

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Having battled with what I assumed was seasonal allergies for several years and then I started reading about wheat and gluten intolerance and I noticed that the symptoms I had not only matched seasonal allergies but also could fit for wheat allergy.

If you have a wheat allergy you are likely to develop symptoms within minutes to hours after eating something containing wheat.

Wheat allergy symptoms include:
• Swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth or throat
• Hives, itchy rash or swelling of the skin
• Nasal congestion
• Headache
• Itchy, watery eyes
• Difficulty breathing
• Cramps, nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Anaphylaxis

For some people, wheat allergy may cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.

In addition to other signs and symptoms of wheat allergy, anaphylaxis may cause:
• Swelling or tightness of the throat
• Chest pain or tightness
• Severe difficulty breathing
• Trouble swallowing
• Pale, blue skin color
• Dizziness or fainting
• Fast heartbeat
*If you experience any of the above extreme symptoms please go to the ER.

Nasal congestion, extreme sometimes debilitating headache on one side of my head, watery eyes – that was me.
Having tried and had pretty good success with essential oils, which I am sure cleared the gluten from my system, allowing relief, I had assumed my “seasonal environmental” allergies were cured only to come back over time.

In frustration, and despite my knowledge and belief that medication does not fix – only covers symptoms, for relief and to be able to function day to day in my job, I had turned to trying pharmaceuticals. Advil Cold and Sinus as well as Zyrtec D, both of which contain pseudophedrine (having a gigantic list of dangerous side effects). I knew this wasn’t the answer, but was thankful for the break.

In doing some research I came across Dr. William Davis, Cardiologist, Author and Health Crusader’s website based on his book “Wheat Belly”.

In reading through the blog posts I became more and more convinced this could possibly be part of my problem.

The wheat of today is not the same plant it was in our grandparent’s years.

It’s a completely new genetically modified grain, which is the product of 40 years of genetics research aimed at increasing yield-per-acre, not nutritional value.
The result is a genetically unique plant that stands 18-24 inches tall, not 4 1/2-foot tall wheat that nature created.

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The Gluten & Gliadin present within wheat (also Rye and Barley) creates an auto immune from your body that literally turns your body’s defenses against itself. This causes inflammation, which leads to a variety of illness (mental and physical) as well as general body pain.

Deciding to test it out – I stopped eating anything containing wheat.

I noticed results right away.
-Within the first week I had less headaches and less fogginess.
-By week two I was no longer feeling the need to take or even carry allergy medication (just in case) around with me.
-By the end of week two my headaches, watery eyes, foggy feeling and as a bonus 5 lbs were all gone. -My belt loop moved in two notches and I felt less bloated (though honestly I did not realize I had felt bloated in the first place).

Then I did something truly stupid.

I was not thinking and a friend made me dinner, which included home made ravioli.
They were delicious.
However, 15-20 minutes after we finished eating I began feeling worse and worse.
My eye started watering down my face, my head felt like someone stuck a fork in my temple, I was hot and my sinuses were becoming very stuffy – feeling like my head was stuffed with cotton batting.

As uncomfortable as this was, it of course passed and was a wonderful verification that wheat was in fact the culprit.

Test Yourself!

What do you have to lose? – If you are experiencing horrible allergy symptoms and cant seem to find permanent relief stop eating wheat for a week or two.

I think you just might be pleasantly surprised!

Come back and post your personal results – We would love to hear them!

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wheat-allergy/basics/symptoms/con-20031834
http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/
http://mjclive.com/healthy-living/health-risks-from-genetically-modified-wheat

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My name is Sarah J. Barendse. I am a Natural Health Advocate, Writer, Graphic Designer, Life Enthusiast and Spiritualist. I am thrilled to be working with Natural News so look forward to many wonderful out of the box articles with which you may or may not agree. Love me or hate me I am hard to ignore! Happy reading!


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