Are you aware of the connection between a stressed out immune system and food allergies? When it comes to the lymphatic system, the toxic waste removal system of our bodies, western medicine knows very little. But there is a connection between stress, habitual stress, overloading the lymphatic system with toxins, which in turn makes the immune system fight even harder in its attempt to keep us in balance and healthy. However, many of us live as if what we eat, how we choose to live (yes it is a choice), and barely resting, is an achievable goal, something to be desired. Somehow we have been duped into thinking that if we climb Mount Rushmore, run to the grocery store (note the verb here), and accomplish 10 more things in a day, that it is a good day. It is a mistake to pride ourselves on our abilities to multi-task, eat while watching TV; talk, text and drive; and answer phones at work while simultaneously attempting to provide customer service (?) while stepping aside for “just a moment” because you boss has something very important to say to us. Accomplishing tasks is not the be all and end all of living. We do not win a prize if we get more done today than we did yesterday. Trust me on this one, I’ve tried.
As a holistic counselor and practitioner for years, I’ve known how to help the lymphatic system, and the immune system recover. What is coming to light for me now is the connection between the compromised immune system and food allergies. I did not know why some days I could eat some foods with no allergic reaction, then eat the same food a week later, and have a tremendous allergic reaction. People experiencing food allergies go through a bit of a daytime nightmare. It is not a simple process. Are we allergic to the foods? Are we allergic to the chemicals and additives like food dyes in the foods? Are we really allergic to wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy, or are we allergic to our hyperactive life style?
Don’t laugh. Poor diet, daily stress, and exposure to toxins in food, water and the environment all cause a decline in immune system activity. How many of us think we have fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, feel exhausted all the time, notice that our body swells at the lymphatic sites when we are tired, or notice that our body is beginning to manifest those tiny, annoying skin tags that generally form near the front of the neck, under the arms or under the breasts? Those are all symptoms of an immune system that is working way to hard to keep us healthy.
“The entire healing process is engineered by the immune system. It is truly the healing power within.” says Phyllis A. Balch, CNC in her book “Prescription for Dietary Wellness.” She is the author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” which sold over five million, best-selling copies.
It is important not to ignore the first signs of stress and exhaustion that our body naturally catches out attention with. These signs are subtle, and take some time to become aware of. But after we crash and burn, somehow we tend to listen better, as if for the first time after that experience. The first signals we ought to slow down come to the mind. But in our intellectual brilliance, we tend to shrug that off with our ego, demanding that we keep going because of arbitrary deadlines from ourselves and others. Next the constant press affects our moods. How are you feeling right now? Are you happy, or will you be happy when “this” is all done? My friend, “this” is never really ever all done. There always seems to be one more thread, one more tangent connected to the first task, and down we go in the never-endings spiral of never finishing anything.
The third and final manifestation we are pushing our immune system too hard is that our body begins to get aches pains, food allergies, and if we still do not pay attention, it shuts down altogether. This is a learning curve for all of us. Some of us learn quicker than others. There are life lessons here, with many branches in this tree of learning. What is our lesson, pride, ego, self-esteem, how to speak up for ourselves, how to get along, how to calm down, how to speed up? Becoming aware of our needs is as individual as we are. If your body is shaking you and demanding you listen to it, you better. The body wins in this case.