My answer to this used to be yes. I did have hidden allergies, and some that were obvious (dandelions!). A couple of years ago I would get tired after I ate. Even super healthy things like salad and whole grains. I didn’t know what was going on. I went to a HK natural health practitioner and she used muscle testing and other methods and determined that my body had declared that I had an allergy to things like lettuce, avocados, carrots, chicken, mustard and more. We muscle tested me for about 15 things that day and the only thing that came up that I was not allergic to was coffee. No wonder I was getting tired after eating healthy! Happily that same visit she corrected me for my allergies and I felt a million times better.
Here’s an interesting article on hidden allergies from over at Health Kinesiology UK.
You May Have Hidden Allergies
Many people suffer from distressing physical or mental symptoms for which they have not been able to obtain relief. When they go to a doctor, they may be told that their problems are all in their imagination. Or, they may be diagnosed as having a certain disease, but the prescribed treatment does nothing to help them.
For many of these people, the real problem is allergy. I have seen time and time again that when an underlying allergic problem is identified and eliminated, such illnesses simply go away. Unfortunately, many health care professionals do not look for allergy in such cases, and even if they do, they may not use the proper tools to analyze the situation. Thus, for a number of reasons, many of us suffer from unrecognized, “hidden” allergies.
Originally, the concept of allergy was limited to a small group of obvious symptoms, such as runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, or skin rash. Today, many physicians and alternative practitioners recognize that a much wider range of problems may sometimes be due to allergy. These can include:- digestive difficulties, headaches, muscular aches and pains, arthritis, inadequate blood sugar control, addictions, and psychological problems, among many others.
If allergy is suspected in such cases, a variety of tests may be used to try to identify the substances to which the individual is allergic. In my experience, most forms of allergy testing are not sufficiently accurate to identify most allergies, especially hidden allergies.
There are three main reasons why allergies may be hidden:
- The symptoms may be masked by mucus in the system.
- They may not be directly observable.
- They may not be recognized as allergic symptoms.
Do you think you might have hidden allergies? Do you react to foods in a weird way? Book an appointment with Linda at Easthouse Natural Health and she will help you feel amazing.
Mucus Masks Allergic Symptoms
In recent years, we have been discovering that many physical and psychological problems may be due to food allergies. Besides the people with obvious symptoms, many others have food allergies without realizing it, because their symptoms are masked by mucus and other substances secreted by the body.
To understand how this mucus gets into the system, we need to understand how food allergies develop. A primary cause of food allergy is the over consumption of a food. Any food which is eaten every day, all year-round (especially if one feels one cannot live without it), is a strong candidate for causing an allergy.
This is especially true of foods which are nutritionally deficient. Unfortunately, many of the foods we eat today, such as white flour, white sugar, and processed fruits and vegetables, do not contain the nutrients our bodies require. Even fresh foods often are nutritionally deficient due to soil depletion, lengthy delay before eating, and improper preparation. When a person habitually eats nutritionally depleted foods, the body begins to deteriorate. The digestive system begins to malfunction, and because it cannot digest food properly, the undigested food particles get into areas of the digestive system where they should not be. In an attempt to protect itself from these irritating substances, the body secretes mucus. This intestinal coating of mucus reduces the absorption of allergic substances, protecting the person with hidden allergies from experiencing obvious allergic reactions.
As an analogy, think about what happens when you work in a garden. The tool handles irritate the skin of your hands, and so you get calluses to protect you from the irritation. Once you have the callus you do not notice the irritation anymore, but the skin is still being irritated or the callus would go away. In the same way, when you irritate the digestive system by eating allergy-causing food, the intestine secretes mucus to protect itself from absorbing the offending substance.
In the gardening analogy, the callus protects your skin, but you pay a price for this protection —your skin gets dry, cracked, rough, and less sensitive in the callused area. When you get an “intestinal callus,” or mucus, you pay an even bigger price. The “callus” may be preventing you from absorbing much of the substance to which you are allergic. You are also prevented from absorbing the nutrients from foods to which you are not sensitive. This means you are getting less of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that you need. As a result, you become more nutritionally deficient, more allergic, and develop a bigger intestinal “callus.” You are therefore absorbing even less of what you should be absorbing, and so on, in a vicious cycle.
I lived with allergies for decades, I had no idea they could be corrected. Having my allergies corrected has been one of the best things I ever did for myself! And I was super glad to find a natural way to do it, I don’t do needles. Do you suffer from allergies?