Allergies and Enzymes: The Unavoidable Link

Your eyes are watering and you’re sneezing uncontrollably. Your friend says, “Oh, you must have allergies.”  “Yeah, it’s like a curse,” you reply. “Oh well, I’ll just take some allergy medication.”

Sound familiar?

Back before the age of reason, most people believed that disease and allergies were curses from the gods (“God Bless You?”). Fortunately, science has since changed this way of thinking and we now understand the principles of cause and effect: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

When it comes to talking about allergies, many of us have forgotten about science and this basic principle. We’ve reverted back to the ancient, ignorant way of thinking that we’re being cursed and there is simply nothing we can do about our symptoms besides take medications.

Believe it or not, there IS something you can do about it.

Cause & Effect: The Blessing of Symptoms

Symptoms are the body’s way of telling you something is off-kilter. Your body is saying, “I’ve reached the threshold of what I can stand, now I’m going to let you know about it.”

Symptoms from allergies occur because of two factors: Toxemia and low enzymes.

The book, Toxemia Explained explains it like this, “. . . every so-called disease is a crisis of toxemia, which means that a toxin has accumulated in the blood above the toleration point . . . the crisis, the so-called disease – call it cold, flu, pneumonia, headache, or typhoid fever – is a vicarious elimination. Nature is endeavoring to rid the body of toxins.”

When the body is low on enzymes, it’s high on toxemia. Stay with me here and I’ll make this complicated issue quite simple to understand.

Your body needs enzymes to properly digest, absorb, and make full use of your food. If you could guard against enzyme depletion, you could stop yourself from getting allergies. The problem is that our enzymes are depleting rapidly in two ways.

First, as we age, enzyme levels go down naturally. Studies show that by the time we’re 70 years old, we have 20% of the enzymes compared to when we were 20.1 This is why allergies can magically appear as you get older – your enzymes are being depleted.

The second reason is that most food we eat contains no enzymes at all. Most of the food you’ll find at the grocery store today is heavily processed or pumped full of synthetic additives. Our fruits and vegetables are even lacking enzymes, as they are often irradiated and gassed to extend their shelf life. When we eat raw food such as raw milk, rare meat, and fermented vegetables that have not been gassed, no metabolic enzymes are required for digestion. They literally digest themselves.

Constant gas, belching, bloating and discomfort in the abdomen are the most noticeable symptoms that your metabolic tank of enzymes is on low and food is not fully breaking down.

What is your Digestive Enzyme Level?

☐  Ideal = No Digestive complaints, No Allergies

☐  Stage 1 = Mild gas, inconsistent stool quality and quantity, minor allergies.

☐  Stage 2 = Moderate gas, occasional burping, inconsistent stool quality and quantity, more severe allergies.

☐  Stage 3 = Offending gas, frequent burping, abdominal pain, over-the-counter digestive aids, constipation and/or regular diarrhea. Severe allergies.

When food is not fully digested because of a lack of enzymes, the body produces mucus to coat and protect the delicate microvilli from damage as the food moves through the intestines. This is a normal process . . . until it’s no longer normal. It’s no longer normal when mucus backs up throughout your entire body. It’s impossible to eat processed, enzyme-less food like a fast food burger and not have accumulation of undigested food and mucus in your intestines.

Arnold Ehret’s classic book Mucus-less Diet Healing System goes into depth about the necessity to use enzyme-rich raw foods to remove the collected mucus in the body. Without its removal, toxemia and eventually allergies are the only possible outcome.

As mucus accumulates in the small and large intestines, it turns into a hardened version known as mucoid plaque. Mucoid plaque is just like it sounds: It’s a hardened, blackened mass of mucus providing a haven for bad bacteria, fungus, candida, viruses, and parasites.

The accumulation of mucus creates inflammation and damage to your intestinal walls. If you eat an enzyme-deficient diet, it’s inevitable that you will reach a toxemia point and will get allergies.

The Rise of Allergy Medications

Out of desperation, many of those who suffer with allergies take medication just to get by.

The problem with medications is they stop the body’s response to whatever you’re allergic to, while allowing that allergen to go deeper into the body. The sneezing, watering eyes and digestive complaints is your immune system’s way of doing everything it can to keep the invader out. When we take an allergy medication, we tell our response team, “Don’t worry about this guy, he’s cool”.  Then that “guy” gets further into the body and it turns out he’s definitely “not cool” and screws with us. So the next time we see the allergen (grass, food, etc.) our body tries to launch an even bigger response to keep him out.

This is why all allergy medication leads to worse allergies.

The top five over-the-counter (OTC) drugs used in America are associated with leaky gut. Ignoring symptoms of leaky gut is akin to ignoring your car’s low oil light or smashing it because the red beeping color bothers you.

Top 5 OTC Medications:

  1. Antihistamines, or cough/cold medications (771m units)
  2. Analgesics, or pain medications (443m)
  3. Anti-gas products, or antacid medications (173m)
  4. Laxatives (114m)
  5. Diarrhea medications (22m)

How to Effectively Heal Your Allergies

The key to fixing allergies begins with first eating real food and eliminating processed “enzyme-less” foods. Then, by increasing digestive enzymes, we stop the inflammation and mucus build-up caused by undigested food in the intestines.

Here is my recommendation, if you are currently in good health (perfect digestion, no gas, no allergies), take one tablet of enzymes any time you eat a meal that isn’t comprised of raw food. If you are relatively unhealthy, or are having any allergy symptoms, take three enzymes with every meal. Do this until all bloating, gas and allergy issues are gone and then go back to taking enzymes with only non-raw food. There are simply not enough enzymes in food anymore to have a chance at ‘catching up’ from the existing deficiency.

It will probably take several months of eating like this, and taking enzymes, to catch up with the toxemia. But by taking enzymes and avoiding dead food, your allergies will soon become a distant memory.

1 Redfern, Robert, “The ‘Miracle’ Enzyme is Serrapeptase” pg. 13

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