I’ve always had a birch pollen allergy. It’s become a tradition of sorts. When spring comes around, I start sneezing.
I’ve tried pretty much all of the anti-allergy pills I could get my hands on, but none of them have worked, so after a few years I stopped taking them. I put up with my allergy and waited for it to pass.
But in the last few years, something clicked.
This year I’m almost completely free from my allergy. Or you could say I’m completely free, if I do the right things.
You see, I’ve pinpointed what causes my allergy, and this has helped me eliminate it from my life.
In this article I’ll share what I’ve done and what I’ve discovered.
The First Clue
It was June 2011. I was working with coaching clients. I was sneezing, and suffering from allergies. But each time a client call would start, my allergy symptoms would disappear.
“Interesting,” I thought.
I didn’t think much of it, but it planted a seed which began to sprout in 2013. I had come to the realization that most of my skin problems and other health issues came from cumulative load.
Cumulative load is a fancy word for me eating and coming in contact with substances that my body could not handle. The more of these substances I came in contact with, the worse everything got.
And in 2013, I started noticing that some foods would cause my pollen allergy to get worse. My body didn’t seem to be able to handle some foods. They were putting a strain on my system, which lead to other problems.
That’s When the Experimentation Began
I noticed that I felt better if I took unfiltered apple cider vinegar once or twice a day. It has anti-inflammatory benefits and improves digestion, I discovered.
“Ah, digestion, now that’s interesting,” I thought.
Somehow I got interested in digestion, and it made perfect sense, because if I eat a lot of bad foods (hint: hard to digest for my body), I start running into trouble.
And during the summer time when birch pollen is everywhere, I start sneezing and experiencing allergy symptoms.
I started observing what foods caused me to get worse, and I began compiling a list of my trouble foods. A few examples were:
- Peanuts (and other nuts)
- Processed fats (found in candy bars and processed foods)
- And so on …
Basically the more whole foods (organic if possible) I eat, the better I feel.
“I’m Free of My Birch Pollen Allergy!”
So today I feel great. You could say I’m free of my allergy, but it’s not a magic fix, because if I fall back into my old ways of eating, symptoms come back.
It’s back and forth, because sometimes I can’t resist eating a few cookies with milk, but I’m doing it less and less. I notice the immediate reactions my body has to the foods it can’t deal with, and I adjust.
I’ve also found that digestive enzymes help quite a bit, which again points to my digestion having trouble.
On top of that, I know I’m on the right track with fish oils and healthy fats, because they are anti-inflammatory as well.
So, What’s the Takeaway?
The biggest lesson for me is to pay attention to what is going on around me. What am I eating? What am I coming in contact with? How am I feeling?
If I’m going through an anxious patch, it affects my digestion. And when my digestion is affected, my health is as well.
I have the power to improve my health. I have the power to say bye bye to my allergies, but I have to be vigilant about what’s going on.
If you’d like to improve your allergies, here’s what you can do:
- Start observing how you feel after the foods you eat
- Start cleaning up your diet
- Start cleaning up your head
- Look at the times you’ve been free of your allergy
And one last thing I’d like to leave you with is to look at what the benefits are for you to have this allergy.
When I was younger, having hay fever, pollen allergies, and asthma, kept me inside. I didn’t have to go out, and I didn’t really want to.
That’s no longer the case, but I can see how my allergies helped me in the past. What about you?