Maximize Exposure to PREVENT Allergies
by Dr. Emil Tompkins, a family chiropractor in Marana, AZ with a passion for family health and wellness.
We’re talking about the E in the SAFE system for allergy relief. Although it may be too late for some of us adults to incorporate this portion, it’s not for our kids. If we’re going to help them be allergy free then we’re going to want to expose them to things. So E stands for Exposure. Studies show that children who are exposed to common allergens early means they’re 40% less likely to develop an allergy. So go outside! Outdoor play is healthy exposure to common allergens.
You don’t need to expose children to substances that they’re dangerously allergic to without supervision from a doctor. What we’re saying is get the kids outside, let them get dirty, let them be around animals. You don’t have to have everything so completely sanitized that your kids don’t get sick. Their bodies will then identify some of those items as just normal things that your body will come in contact with and is not a problem.
If your body doesn’t think it’s normal it’s going to try and fight it. I have a daughter who we adopted when she was a baby and we had a lot of issues with drug exposure when she was born. The withdrawals were really a rough time for her, and her body was developing a severe reaction to wheat. Our assumption is that when she was born she was dealing with a lot of reflex and it was a tremendous amount of reflex. She would eat her food and she would spit it up and that formula would have wheat in it, but it wouldn’t come up instead it would go into her lungs. Then her body starting developing this amazing immune response – this T1 response to the wheat that was going into her system.
So whenever she would eat wheat she would then be unable to breath or she would start having really severe asthma symptoms. It’s something that even though we live in a way to try to help our children be healthy and not have allergies, I won’t be exposing her to wheat anymore because of what happens. So you have to be smart about this, but it’s okay to get our kids dirty. It’s okay to have them come in contact with things that are kind of gross, it’s really okay and it will help them. However if they’re allergic to peanuts and they have anaphylactic shock, you don’t have to test that without definitely being supervised. The other thing is to kick the cleaning bucket. Stop cleaning as much. When I say that, I don’t necessarily mean have a filthy place of living but a lot of times we keep things way to sanitized so that our kids never come in contact with anything. You can also substitute traditional cleaners for natural products like white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and olive oil. Also avoid dangerous volatile organic compounds such as triclosan, ammonia, and bleach. Those are things that can make you sick by themselves. In our home we use a lot of essential oils and thieves is one that we commonly use for cleaning. It’s safe and effective and it smells good. So, pay attention to the E of the SAFE allergy relief system and be okay with exposure.
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