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As with many people this time of the year, I have terrible allergies

Posted by: admin at 12:00 am on April 14th, 2016

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As with many people this time of the year, I have terrible allergies
By Phylis Canion

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As with many people this time of the year, I have terrible allergies, which has resulted in an occasional asthma attack. I have GERD and a very acid system (that I am working on) and know that the GERD must have something to do with allergies and asthma. Any nutritional recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Asthma is a disease of increased responsiveness of the airways to various stimuli including allergens and irritants that cause obstruction of the airways according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, AAFA.

At least 60 million Americans experience heartburn, popularly know as "acid indigestion," at least once a month and more than fifteen million experience daily heartburn according to the American College of Gastroenterology.

Research now suggests that "acid indigestion" can trigger asthma symptoms and that GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is more common in people with asthma than in the general population according to AAFA. GERD affects as many as eighty nine percent of all patients with asthma, regardless of their age, sex, or ethnic background according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

In simpler words, asthma can be triggered by a backup of toxic waste, waste that is the product of incomplete digestion in the stomach and small intestine. The asthmatic's problem, with acidic blood and acidic toxic gas in the lungs, is the difficult reduction of acid waste throughout the entire body-including the lungs.

Celery, carrot and endive juice can clear mucus and acid from the lungs and benefit the system by eliminating carbon dioxide. Since toxic waste flows through the lungs, via the bloodstream, from the other organs, all organs need to be cleansed.

Potato and carrot juice is a good general cleanser. Cabbage cleans the debris from the mucous membranes in the stomach and carrot juice detoxifies the liver.

Eating more green vegetables and avoiding refined carbohydrates (i.e. white rice, white bread) may also be beneficial. Mayo Clinic also suggests eliminating caffeine, fried foods, tobacco, and spicy foods. Drinking more alkaline water daily is important for flushing toxins out of the system.

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The next free nutrition class will be at 6 p.m. April 21 at the Cuero Wellness Center.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at docphylis@gmail.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.

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