Ok, so my title makes sense in that I am theorizing that my recent sugar consumption may have triggered my allergies to basically explode. I wish it was just boogers. No, it’s been itchy ears, sneezing, watery snot (sorry, TMI), itchy skin, and even a full-on sore throat. I’ve always struggled with allergies but in recent years it has seemed to improve as my health improved. Even to the point that we got a cat this summer. Which never would have been possible in my not so distant past.
I’ve been ok with the cat but allergies are cumulative. Meaning the cat fur, dust kicked up by vacuuming, pollen floating in through open windows- all conspire together to drive you into a state of histamine overload and sheer misery.
So how does sugar play into all of this? Basically the cradle of life lies within our guts, apparently. Healthy gut=happy life. Sad gut=jiggly butt. Lol But seriously a poor microbiome can actually cause obesity. Our insides are host to billions of bacteria. Some are highly beneficial and aid us in digesting and properly absorbing nutrients. Others are parasitic little buggers that actually make us eat sugar Candida is kind of a buzz word right now it is basically just an overgrowth of yeast. You know you have candida if you’ve struggled with yeast and fungal infections. Candida is also implicated in allergies, eczema, obviously sugar cravings and even depression.
Candida wants to survive in your body at your expense.
What causes a candida overgrowth in the first place? A history of weakened immunity, antibiotic usage, poor diet, stress. Basically everyone has some level of candida but a healthy immune system keeps it in check. If you’re like me, and took a million rounds of antibiotics in childhood and grew up on a high sugar diet- chances are you are a candida hotel, baby.
Your poor gut health could be causing your lethargy. Maybe the best thing for your hay fever is a good probiotic? Maybe you’re depressed because your body is overrun with these tiny little parasites that release toxins into your system continually?
I’ve had periods where I have cut out sugar and I feel so much better. But like many addicts, there have been many relapses. Like yesterday when I made chocolate chip cookies “for my kids”. I used almond flour, sweetened with monk fruit, but there was still sugar in the form of insanely delicious 63% dark guittard chocolate chips. Omg they were so good. I ate, well, a lot.
This morning I woke up with awful allergies. Just awful. Itchy, achy, miserable.
I was able to feel better using a recipe I found online. It’s 2 parts sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to one part potassium carbonate. You mix 1/2 tsp. of the mix into 8 ounces warm water and drink. It’s gross but it does help.
I am excited to start my cleanse soon. It should be arriving this afternoon. Doing a cleanse, and combining it with proven candida obliterator- coconut oil, should make a profound difference on how I handle the onslaught of fall allergies in Minnesota. I’m also hoping for less cravings and more energy.
This is the cleanse I’m doing but you could get results just through “starving” off the bad bacteria and yeast with a very low carb (zero sugar!) approach and making sure that you are getting enough sleep.