Friday, September 10, 2010

Dairy & Wheat Allergies

Everyone knows someone who has food sensitivities or allergies.  Chances are you have one in your household.  This doesn't have to be the end of the world.  Recently, I've had lots of questions on recipes, etc. for this dilemma.  Here are a few suggestions and thoughts. 

First of all, a short word on causes.  If you are wondering why your grandparents didn't have these sorts of problems, one reason to blame are drugs and vaccines, which strip your gut of it's ability to be the healthy part of your immune system it was designed to be.  Holes are created in the gut, which allow scary things to leak into the rest of your body, creating things all the way from food allergies, to AD/HD, to autism.  I won't elaborate on this point further today, as I'm not a doctor and can't diagnose or treat you, but if you wish to learn more, I recommend the following books:  Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, and Unraveling the Mystery of Autism.  The second book is not just for those dealing with autism, it goes into much, much more.  A very enlightening read.

That said, I'd like to touch on how to strengthen your body to dealing with food sensitivites.  Many times, those who have sensitivities to wheat don't have trouble when the wheat has been properly soaked, releasing it's natural digestive enzymes.  Read up on this in Nourishing Traditions.  Basically, our ancestors didn't have to do this, b/c the wheat sat in the store house, where it became damp and it's enzymes were released.  You can buy sprouted wheat bread, at your health food store.  This bread has like 5 grams or more of protein per slice! 

Dairy sensitivities have a similar remedy sometimes.  Raw cow's milk doesn't usually cause problems, because it hasn't been stripped of it's natural digestive aids, and lots of other properties that were meant to help digest and use the milk for the body's good.  Without these, milk is terribly hard for anyone to digest.

It's all about enzymes.  Taking digestive enzymes are essential for those with food allergies/sensitivities.  I like the Whole Foods brand, "Wholezyme," but there are a million others.  Just follow the package directions, and take extra when you're eating food that you know gives you trouble. 

Finally, avoiding the foods you're highly allergic to is best, as your body is getting stronger.  Focus on building up your immune system and especially things that will restore your gut.

In the meantime, spelt is a nice substitute to wheat, but I still recommend soaking it.  Almond flour is nice too.  Goat milk is marvelous and goat cheese is divine.  Raw goat milk is the closest to mother's milk, full of antibodies and enzymes.  Goat butter (ghee) is a very nice butter substitute. 

Once again, I'm not a doctor and none of my suggestions are meant to treat, diagnose or prescribe remedies for illness or disease.  You need your own doctor's advice.

Posted by Danneca

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