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Healing From Food Allergies

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“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”Galileo Galilei

It was early 2002 and my sixteen year old daughter climbed out of bed and stumbled into the kitchen. “How do you feel this morning?” I asked. Her response broke me. “I never feel good anymore mom. I feel bad all the time. My stomach hurts after everything I eat.” What had happened to my daughter that caused her to become allergic to the foods she would eat? What was causing all the pain in her gut? Doctors couldn’t help me except to suggest the removal of her gallbladder, hoping this would help. I was in pain because she was in pain, and I was on a mission to help her. I had just started making cultured foods the previous year and found that these foods helped with her digestion. That morning I called someone who had sold me coconut oil and was, in my opinion, a health expert. What happened next changed not only the course of Maci’s gut but my whole life as well. I told this person I was making cultured foods, which she also believed in, and she said something to me that I will never forget. “You should feed your daughter a cultured food at every meal since it helps with digestion, and see if it makes a difference.” So I did.

Cultured Food at Every Meal

Stopping the Pain

Maci had a cultured food with each of her meals and within a month her stomach stopped hurting. Within three months her food allergies started evaporating, and a year later she could eat anything she desired. She was no longer allergic to the mass of foods she had been allergic to. It felt like someone had casually handed me the keys to the kingdom of food allergies. I am so glad I heeded that casual advice because it changed everything for me. I began telling my friends about this miraculous method of healing food allergies and fixing their guts, and they began to heal too. Before I knew it, people were coming to me in droves and my life began to change dramatically. I started researching everywhere trying to find evidence of what I was witnessing and none was to be found. Since this message of eating cultured foods at every meal was given to me to help my daughter, I decided I would share it with anybody who needed help.

I had no research and no proof besides the lives I was helping and witnessing – until now.

They Were No Longer allergic

A study, 1 published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has discovered not only a possible cause of food allergies but a probable cure. The team found that young children overexposed to antibiotics were at greater risk of developing food allergies. They were able to identify a naturally occurring bacteria in the human gut that keeps people from developing food allergies. The bacteria, called Clostridia, is a big class of bacteria which includes hundreds of members. This strain of bacteria diminishes with frequent antibiotic use at a young age — making children more susceptible to food allergies later in life. Maci was given antibiotics every year when she would get her yearly sinus infection, and now I can see how this affected her.

The research team administered antibiotics to young mice 2 and found they were more likely to develop peanut allergies than the control group. Then they were given this special and diverse group of bacteria called Clostridia. This is a good bacteria that naturally occurs in mammalian guts — and like magic, the mice’s sensitivity went away. They were no longer allergic. I got chills when I first read this study and felt myself well up inside and I shouted out loud, “I KNEW IT!” even though nobody was around to hear me. I believe that cultured foods are so effective at healing the gut because they contain many different strains of good bacteria and good yeasts and they are predigested foods that help us digest the foods we eat with them. The special group of super cultured foods called the Trilogy (kefir, kombucha and cultured veggies) were the ones I used to heal my daughter and help many others. They have many different strains of bacteria and will colonize the gut and repair it.

More Studies

Another study done on peanut allergies in children was published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. This study was done on children who had peanut allergies and were given a probiotic strain of bacteria that over time eliminated their peanut allergies. 3  A follow up study on the children done four years later confirmed the findings that they were still free of peanut allergies.

The use of probiotics for food allergies is growing and even being used to treat babies and pregnant women. Supplementing with probiotics, specifically B. lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Lactobacillus rhamnosus has been found to help prevent food allergies in infants whose families have a predisposition to food allergies. (These species are in milk kefir as well.)4, 5

Reasons for Food Allergies

Food allergies rose a whopping 50% between 1997 and 2011,6 and I saw this in my own home. My daughter, who had no previous food allergies, had suddenly developed them and I wanted to know why. The reasons include:

  • A rise in antibiotic use that kills the bacteria we need to digest our foods.
  • A diet devoid of fiber (prebiotics) and nutrients to feed the microbiome.
  • A lack of probiotic foods in our diet has wreaked havoc on our 10 trillion microbes that keep us well.
  • Chemicals that flood our environment that disrupt our inner flora. (A common ingredient in antibacterial soaps called Triclosan 7 has been linked to food allergens. The FDA  issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter consumer antiseptic wash products containing the active ingredients Triclosan can no longer be marketed.)8

These common occurrences in everyday life have unknowingly led to a decline in gut bacteria and we have suffered the consequences.

If we give the bodies what they need, our bodies can do the job they were designed to do – heal us! It’s how it works and when you are confused and feel afraid and in pain there is always help for you. You are not alone. I was struggling to find answers to heal my daughter’s gut pain – if I can heal and find the answers, so can you. The answer came to me when I needed it. It wasn’t a billboard, it was in a conversation that felt really important, and I just had to act on it, trusting that the power that made the body can heal the body if we give it what it needs. So if you are reading this, I urge you to heed the call and start eating a small amount of cultured foods at each meal. As things continue to evolve, there will be more evidence of what I am telling you. Restoring the gut with good bacteria that has been stripped through antibiotics is one of the keys to restoring our health and our lives. When you are healthy, you can’t help but show others the way too. The exciting part? This is just food, not drugs, which makes this accessible and easy and for everyone to do.

What She Ate

Maci had a cultured food at every meal.

  • Kefir for breakfast, (one to two cups)
  • Cultured veggies at lunch and dinner. (one to two tablespoons)
  • Kombucha or coconut water kefir to drink at every meal. (4 to 8 ounces)
  • She also had a lot of bone broths made into soups. The collagen in the broth is very healing to the digestive tract. (a few times a week)
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil a day. Coconut oil kills candida and is a medium chain triglyceride which is very healing to the digestive tract. 9

Prebiotics Were Key

Maci also began drinking a tea (which tasted like coffee) that she said soothed her gut. She drank this every day, sometimes several times daily. I later realized this special drink actually had several prebiotics (food for bacteria) in it which were feeding the good bacteria in her gut. The combination of cultured foods consumed with every meal along with this prebiotic drink made her gut heal and her food allergies became a thing of the past.  This particular tea Teeccino had a blend of prebiotics – barley, dandelion root, and chicory root, along with just a touch of carob, coconut, and cinnamon – and was delicious. Dandelion root, chicory root, and barley are all prebiotics that helped her flora grow, flourish, and heal. Prebiotics are very healing to the gut. Check out more about Prebiotics!

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25 Responses to "Healing From Food Allergies"
  1. My 10year old girl has had a stomach ach for a year and doctors still dont know what’s wrong they said maybe she’s stressed,but she was fine,till she’s been having stomach ach so long,I don’t no were to start with the food thing

    • I would recommend small amounts of kefir or any of the cultured foods. the gut can heal really fast and especially in children. Be easy about it it will be ok. My daughters stomach hurt her too and cultured foods were just what she needed.

  2. I have heard that people that have issues with candida shouldn’t ingest fermented foods. Is this true? I have Lyme disease, POTS, as well as a lot of food intolerances (gluten, dairy, soy, nuts/seeds, even certain fruits and vegetables), and I would do anything to get well. I considered the GAPS diet, but then after reading your site I feel that what you said about fermented foods healing your gut made more sense. Your input is appreciated. Also, can people with intolerance to casein in dairy eat kefir, or is there a good way to make coconut kefir?

  3. Hello– I have had problems with digestion and passing my solids for 3 years and doctors are clueless and just keep telling me to eat fiber and drink lots of water, and I am still really constipated. Did your daughter have similar problems??

    I want to give cultured foods a try for sure but was wondering if your daughter suffered from more than just the stomach aches and pains…

    Thank you!!

  4. Hi I was woundering is there any place I could buy cultured foods I don’t really have a setup to make it myself

  5. Thank you for a nice story on how you succeeded to treat health problems. My wife had food allergies and an autoimmune disease that rapidly developed. So we decided to move over to a plant based diet and fermented foods. This saved her health. Now she is free of allergies and the arthritis is under control. Just amazing!

    Thanks for the inspiration you give and the many nice suggestions.

  6. Any suggestions on how to get a baby (14 months old) to eat cultured veggies? He has a lot of allergies… Milk, eggs, most nuts including coconut. I’m sure there are many more, but those are the ones we know for sure. He can’t even have the starter cultures because they have traces of dairy. Should I puree the veggies first and then ferment them with just salt? He only has 3 teeth and the veggies I make are way too crunchy for him.

  7. Hi Donna, a big THANK YOU for the life-enhancing lessons and tips that you offer! For decades, I have been sensitive to a lot of foods and also to chemicals in the environment (this is a big one because I usually cannot control it). Several doctors have told me that ‘sensitivity is not a disease, so there is no cure for that’. But I had understood on my own that some damage must have been done to my immune system (antibiotics? ddt exposure? toxic exposure of my mom during pregnancy?) and this ‘sensitivity’ was in no way a virtue. Last year, I developed Lyme disease and, finding no better way of `treating’ it, I reluctantly took antibiotics (oh, dear… ). While I was on the antibiotics, I noticed something interesting: my very poor tolerance to chemicals had reduced to zero! And after the antibiotics, I could not eat even an apple without feeling nausea and heaviness. So then I knew that the antibiotics taken in my childhood (yearly, like in Maci’s case) had altered my intestinal flora to the point that it could no longer protect me against certain foods or environmental toxicity!
    That’s when I stumbed upon probiotic foods – and your webpage – and indeed it was due to the fermented veggies that I began to recover, slowly but steadily (the other members of the Trilogy do not work for me, unfortunately).
    Your post on Clostridia adds an exciting piece to the puzzle. I am grateful to you for this piece of information as well.

    Warm regards,
    Didi AS

  8. Hi Donna,
    I bought this eBook back in October 2013 but am not able to get receipt and I am one with a lot of allergies and intolerant to food. I bought this eBook through Amazon.
    Thanks for all that you do,
    Dodie

  9. Donna I purchased your book last year when it first came out. Got my kefir grains from you too! Love them! But I didn’t get how to heal… Can I please get it still?

  10. When my daughter was in 6th grade, she started having frequent stomach aches at night. Since it wasn’t immediately after a meal, I didn’t connect it to her food. A pediatrician diagnosed acid reflux and wanted to put her on Prilosec and my intuition told me that wasn’t right. Why would a 12 yr old who eats basically whole, organic foods develop acid reflux? After research, I took out gluten, dairy, soy and tomato (her triggers) and added lots of the trilogy plus some other healing foods (aloe, vit c, chia, cod liver oil.) It took 1.5 yrs but she eats EVERYTHING now. THANK YOU!!!!

    • They wanted to put my 3 month old on prilosec! Shameful. But instead I changed my diet because she was breastfed and her reflux started going away 🙂

  11. So, what do you suggest if Brewer’s yeast is one of the foods that we are intolerant of? I took a food safe allergy test that tests the IgG (immune response) and I am allergic to shellfish, corn and brewer’s yeast! So, I stopped drinking my water kefir and milk kefir and kombucha…. and actually feel BETTER. ????

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