Is one of these deficiencies causing your food allergies?

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Food allergies can be miserable. They can cause stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, and worse. But studies are finding that it is possible to reverse many food allergies. I showed you on Saturday how taking the right kind of probiotic can reverse some cases of food allergy. However, as I mentioned, I don't think that's the only cause of food allergies.

Surprisingly, some doctors are starting to suspect that certain nutrient and enzyme deficiencies are to blame for food allergies. Unfortunately, medical science hasn't caught up to this theory yet, so we don't have a lot of studies proving the cause and effect. But there's plenty of evidence that particular deficiencies could be at the root of many food allergies.

Many of these deficiencies cause allergies because they negatively impact your adrenal gland. I've told you about adrenal fatigue in the past. It can cause all sorts of allergies, from seasonal allergies to food allergies.

In fact, specific deficiencies can cause specific allergies. For instance, when you're stressed, your adrenal gland uses up a lot of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). Many people become allergic to citrus fruit during times of stress. That's because of the B5 deficiency the stress uses up. The more stressed you are, the more B5 your adrenals burn up, and you develop a citrus allergy. Some patients have found that taking 1,000 mg of B5 and two capsules of the amino acid phosphatidylserine are quite helpful. Take them one hour before eating citrus and it may be all you need to avoid the allergy symptoms. If not, add a little calcium as well (no more than 500 mg daily by supplement).

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But that's not the only deficiency that can affect your adrenals. A sodium deficiency also can lead to adrenal fatigue and allergies. While most people think of sodium as table salt, that's not organic sodium. You'll find organic sodium in celery (and other vegetables) and sea salt. If your adrenals are fatigued and you suffer from any food allergy, you may need more sodium. If you have episodes of falling blood pressure, resulting in dizziness when you stand, you may not have enough sodium.

I told you about sodium a few weeks ago. Donald Lepore, ND writes about this in his book The Ultimate Healing System. He writes: "When there is a sodium deficiency, a person may become allergic to almost everything. That is why on hot sweltering days (when sodium is lost through perspiration) people will lose their appetite, but may desire to eat things such as salad which is usually high in sodium." Don't just start eating more table salt. Remember, this is organic sodium.

Other nutritional deficiencies that can affect your adrenals include vitamins B6 and B12, vitamin C, and magnesium. In his book Let's Eat Right, Dr. Lendon Smith says a vitamin B6 deficiency can cause "brain allergies." These are food allergies that can cause brain fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, depression, and other mental issues. Some of these issues are common with adrenal fatigue as well. Vitamin B12 can help reduce stress-related allergies.

Vitamin C deficiency is a common cause of seasonal allergies. And magnesium is a powerful antihistamine. It also helps maintain your sodium/potassium balance, which can affect allergies. While these deficiencies won't always result in allergies, they do open you up to fatigued adrenals, which can lead to allergies.

As you can see, there are many possible causes to food and even seasonal allergies. Many of these relate to your adrenal glands. In addition to alleviating any nutritional deficiencies, there's another way to strengthen your adrenal glands. You can take Advanced Adrenal Factor, which will help restore your adrenal glands to health.

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