Allergies and Fatigue

Food allergies are a hidden cause of many conditions, such as chronic fatigue. If you have a problem with fatigue, but are not sure if you have hidden food allergies, I strongly encourage you to get an appointment with an allergist to find out if you have any allergies. 

Fatigue often comes with other symptoms, such as depression, insomnia, ADD, and other mental and physical problems. These are just labels. Labels cannot tell you the causes of the symptoms, and not everyone who has a problem with a gluten or milk allergy suffers the same symptoms with the same severity. 

There is one thing for sure---everyone can benefit from cutting out these inflammatory foods that many people are allergic to, even if they are not allergic to them. These foods are gluten, corn fed dairy, sugar, MSG, food additives, and caffeine (some people have no problem with caffeine, but many do). 

Here is my story.

Beginning in my early 20s, I started to become depressed, and have mild fatigue. It didn't hit me all at once, but my ADHD and fatigue had gotten progressively worst through my late 20s and early 30s. 

I knew there was something wrong with the milk. Whenever I drank milk, I would have mental confusion. My mind would go blank. One time, I drank milk before a school test, and my mind went totally blank. I stared at my paper and couldn't answer a single question. 

I wasn't doing well with gluten, sugar, and MSG either, so how did I allow myself to suffer for so long before I finally cut them out? I was a very health conscious person too.

Albert Einstein said, "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it"

I guess when you are used to feeling bad, you think it is normal. You don't know how bad you feel, until you feel good. Humans have infinite ability to cope with the bad and muddle through. 

the solution

Foods allergies inflame the gut, and the gut is connected to the brain's health. By healing the gut, the good bacteria in the gut will outnumber the bad bacteria, and calm down the inflammation, and thereby getting rid of fatigue and other mental disorders. By eliminating allergens that abuse your gut, and repopulating your gut flora with probiotics, you heal the gut. 

Cut Off Sugar

Refined sugar causes and fuels inflammation. Even natural sugars like brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave, cane sugar, and other similar varieties are to be avoided too because they are too sweet and can impact your blood sugar just the same. Instead, you want to eat leafy green vegetables, steamed or blended raw, everyday to get your steady source of slow burning carbohydrates. Fruit is fine in moderation. Keep it one fruit per day after dinner. 

Sugar feeds candida and candida causes allergies and fatigue. To curb sugar craving, you want to eat a lot of fermented, cultured foods or drink, or take probiotics.

According to studies, sugar consumption is connected with depression (as well as insomnia), so you really don't want to consume too much sugar at all. How much is too much? If you crave sugar at all, you are having too much! Curb the craving!

Avoid Gluten and Dairy 

Gluten and dairy (specifically the odd protein, casein, found in corn fed milk) are two very problematic proteins that are linked to a host of mental symptoms for those who are allergic to them. 

According to Dr. Hyman, "Gluten and dairy are major culprits. In fact, partially digested dairy and wheat particles (called caseomorphins and gliadomorphins) are found in the urine of severely depressed patients (as well as children with autism and ADHD). These odd proteins change brain function and can lead not only to depression but also psychosis and autism."

Depression and ADHD often come with fatigue and insomnia as well. 

Sometimes, insomnia may be your only sign of food allergies. This means tests might come up negative and your doctor may see no sign of gut damage at all. 

The one way to find out if you are allergic, or intolerant to gluten or dairy at all, is to cut them out to see how you feel without them. Pay attention and keep a diary to keep track of any signs and symptoms. 

Eat Real Food

Eat whole, fresh, unprocessed foods, with plenty of vegetables, steamed or raw, fermented or unfermented, and don't forget to include protein and good fat in every meal. 

You can supplement your need for healthy fat with cod liver oil, or flaxseed oil. I take amino acid supplements as well because I don't always have time to eat when I should. Amino acids support my cognitive functions and help curb my cravings. 

The diet systems I recommend are the Paleo diet, and the Weston A. Price foundation diet. 

Alcohol

If you want to get to sleep and stay asleep naturally every night, you don't want to indulge in alcohol, smoking, or marijuana. These substances will give you the illusion of sleep in the short term, but take away much more from your sleep in the long run.

Alcohol feeds candida and can aggravate existing food allergies so you don't want to use it as sleep aid. 

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