BEATING ALLERGIC DISEASES HOLISTICALLY WITH DIET

Your body knows what’s good for you which means it knows plants are good for you. This is how you can beat allergic diseases holistically!

Did you know over 60 million Americans are suffering from allergic diseases? The diseases arise in the body, producing an immune response that includes but is not limited to sneezing, shortness of breath, itchy skin, or watery eyes. On average, people are allergic to two or three different sources, typically from food, grasses, animals, or even dust mites. Lucky for us, research studies are setting the stage for holistic treatment options for these uncomfortable and sometimes deadly conditions.

Twenty patients with skin allergic eczema were placed on a predominantly low-calorie vegetarian diet for two months, and their disease rating drastically cut in half. These results are comparable to the findings after patients in the double-blinded study took 5mg of a skin inflammation drug, cyclosporin. The drug produced quicker results, within two weeks’ time; however, since the main side effect included kidney failure & cancer, the drug was considered a class one carcinogen, the dietary option is absolutely preferable. Adopting a diet limiting meat appeared to show rapid results without the harmful side effects.

Next, researchers studied a vegan regimen with another allergic disease, asthma. The patients of this study included thirty-five men and women with long-established-verified bronchial asthma within the 2–33 year time span (average of 11.9 years). The fairly advanced asthma patients were on an average of four medications, including cortisone, and some were on as many as eight and still not experiencing health improvements even with all their medications. These unhealthy individuals were placed on a vegan diet, and the results speak for themselves. Within the twenty-four patients who were able to complete the study & adhere to the diet, 71% reported improvement at four months and 92% percent at one year. They did all this with diet alone.

According to this study “Concurrently with this improvement, the patients greatly reduced their consumption of medicine. At one year, four patients had completely given up their medication. The majority had reduced their medication by 10%–50% of the original level and only two had an unchanged medicine consumption. Many patients said that their improvement was so considerable that they felt like “they had a new life.” Pretty amazing, right?!

In almost all cases the medication was reduced or decreased completely, and the patients began to regain health through the power of a plant-based diet. In addition to the asthma symptoms dissipating, the inherently healthy lifestyle produced a cascade of additional powerful side effects. Patient’s cholesterol improved, blood pressure stabilized, and they lost an average of 18 pounds per person.

 

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WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU GO PLANT BASED

The fountain of youth isn’t the myth that people think. It can be found in the healthy, clean eating of a plant-based diet! Your body says thank you!

You Protect Your Heart

In the early 1950’s, heart disease was once thought to be caused by aging; however, research is now clearly defining heart disease to be linked to diet and lifestyle through an abundance of irrefutable research. Research now shows, high cholesterol in persons with atherosclerosis is acquired by choices of the foods they consume. The INTERHEART study revealed that factors such as diet, exercise, and smoking accounted for over 90% of the risk of having a heart attack. This accounts for men and women of all ages from around the world.

  • The best way to avoid heart disease:
  • Avoid saturated fat (found in meat dairy & eggs)
  • Avoid Trans Fat (found mostly in processed junk foods & animal products)

The Intake of Cholesterol Itself (especially found in meat, dairy & eggs)

Did you know our bodies produce cholesterol on its own? Any animal products we consume adds cholesterol to the supply our bodies have already made for us. Over time, this additional cholesterol may lead to an increase in our bad cholesterol, “LDL” levels. Elevated LDL levels have also been shown to be due to a lack of fiber, found in whole plant foods. In general, all animal products seem to raise our risk of dying from America’s number 1 killer, while plant foods, greatly lower that risk.

You Have Less Inflammation & Bloating

Did you know your gut bacteria changes based upon the foods you consume on a daily basis? Intake of plant-based foods (especially fiber) from these foods greatly impacts our health. Meat and dairy contain no fiber and require different types of bacteria to break them down. Our good gut bacteria digestion of fiber yields a short chain fatty acid named butyrate, which research shows, may aid against cancer by slowing the progression of colon cancer cells & programming cancer cell death. Because plant-based diets lead to an increase in butyrate, we are now connecting the dots to why plant-based diets seem to lower inflammation in the gut. Another recent study concluded, butyrate seems to exert anti-inflammatory activities by affecting immune cell migration, adhesion, cytokine expression as well as affecting cellular processes such as proliferation, activation, and apoptosis. Let’s not forget, healthy colons and gut bacteria aid in speedy and efficient digestion, keeping bloating to a minimum!

You May Lose that Last 5–10 Pounds

Plant-based foods are less calorically dense than meat and dairy and are inherently lower in fat. Doctors such as Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, took the opportunity to collectively analyze all clinical research studies focusing on plant-based and vegetarian weight loss trials and found that plant-based diets lead to greater weight loss results, whether or not weight loss is intended. Participants lost an average of roughly 7.5 pounds when adopting a plant-based lifestyle. These findings were published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Knowing what a plant-based diet can do for you, it’s time to get started!