Allergies for many people are difficult to treat. There are over the counter drugs and prescriptions drugs prescribed to treat the various allergies a person may have. However, what causes allergies is another area altogether that has been hard for doctors to pin down. Treating the symptoms of allergies provides temporary relief at best. But some doctors believe changing your diet maybe the answer to eliminating allergies altogether. Allergens are the triggers of allergic responses in the body, but they are not the main cause of the allergies.
Some believe that an unhealthy diet can leave your body so weak that it can’t fend off common substances like pollen and cat dander. Skye Weintraub, ND, who is a naturopathic physician, has found that many of her patients that have allergies suffer from hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia is the opposite of diabetes, which is the result of high blood sugar. So, is hypoglycemia the secret cause of allergies? Treating and controlling hypoglycemia often results in the allergy clearing up. Hypoglycemia is not hard to treat, either and pretty simple for people to treat on his or her own without the consent of a doctor.
First, cut out refined sugar. Eating lots of cookies, cakes, candy and soda pop floods the bloodstream with blood sugar. The body then pumps out the hormone insulin to guide the glucose into the brain and muscles. Refined sugar triggers such a flood of insulin that blood sugar levels plunge about thirty minutes after consuming sweets. Contrary to popular belief, that sweets give you a “boost of energy”, it actually lowers the blood sugar level if you eat too much. So, there is only one way to stop this roller coaster effect and that is to quit eating refined sugars. This also includes fruit juices and dried fruits, which have high levels of concentrated sugar.
If this seems like an impossibility and you fear a major craving, just wait a week or two, and your body will usually stop craving the sugar. You can also eat more complex carbohydrates like vegetables, whole grains, and beans, which are slowly digested in the body keeping blood sugar levels normal. In order to keep hypoglycemia from secretly causing allergies, the majority of your food should be complex carbohydrates. Also, eating a high protein meal can help clear up hypoglycemia. Finally to avoid the secret cause of hypoglycemia causing allergies, eat early and often. Eating two or three big meals a day causes that roller coaster effect.