I don’t want to brag. But I have no discernible allergies. Except maybe draught beer (yet I continue to drink it).
I can predict with reasonable certainty that this situation will change. My diet cannot be helping my digestive system. And as we all know, bodies have a habit of slowly falling apart.
With that, I would like to discuss food sensitivities. How do we deal with them?
Patch tests and blood tests must be the worst (this is pure conjecture, having never been through the process myself). While I understand that these procedures are some times necessary, there are other methods of deduction that can be useful. Let’s get started, alternative medicine.
(With my obvious expertise, you might assume that I have a well founded opinion on alternative or Western medicinal practices. This is not the case. For the purposes of this blog post I am simply a rube who wants to talk about choices and feelings as they relate to bodies).
First of all, I take issue with the stigma that surrounds alternative, holistic medicine. While some practices are more controversial than others, most are common sense and designed with the intent to limit stress on the body.
Everyone can agree that refined sugar, caffeine, and alcohol are no good for your system. Cut them out and you will feel better. Add in regular meals, lots of water, and getting enough sleep and you could be golden.
Holistic medicine seeks to widen the net on those pollutants. Environmental factors (hormones in meat, pesticides on food) and lifestyle choices (stresses at work and home) can affect physical symptoms just the same as and in tandem with food sensitivities. Not to sound trite, but it’s all connected.
Put simply, external stress and pollutants leave you ill equipped to deal with food sensitivities and vice versa.
Even more simply, no one can live at that speed; give yourself a break.
I won’t make any grand pronouncements about the potential of alternative medicine to combat serious health problems. But in preventative terms, why not? Control what you can.
Everything I know, I’ve learned from my parents. You can thank them for all this unsolicited advice.