Why and How do We Get Allergies?
Allergies have been rising in frequency in the last 30-50 years. Nowadays, nearly everyone seems to have some kind of Allergy – Food Allergy, Skin allergy, Environmental Allergy……
But did you ever think about how we get Allergies in the first place? And why are they more common nowadays than before?
The answers lay in our modern lifestyle.
Allergies develop when our immune system forms antibodies against substances that are normally recognized as harmless.
But how does that happen? How does our body learn what is harmless and what is not (and what it needs to “fight” against?
We learn that in our mother’s womb and shortly after birth. During that time our immune system “learns” what are normal parts of our body and our environment and what is safe.
If that process is disturbed in any way, by harsh medications, environmental toxins or undue stress on the mother, the immune system of the child may malfunction.
And yes, there is a genetic disposition to allergies, and that is why allergies tend to run in families. But that doesn’t explain the rise in allergies in the last 50 years.
What is the real cause?
In my opinion, there are 4:
- Environmental toxins: Toxins like Glyphosate, GMO foods, and others
- Medications like Antibiotics, Steroids, and more
- Certain Infections
All these can cause what is called a “leaky gut”. What is a “leaky gut”? In a nutshell, it means that the cells lining our intestines are no longer tight one next to each other, but they have “leaks” or spaces between them. This causes food and bacterial particles that are never meant to go below the surface to react with our immune cells below this crucial cell layer. They do not recognize these particles as harmless and react with an immediate-type or delayed-type Allergy. Sometimes these reactions lead to cross-reactions against our body’s own tissues – an autoimmune disease develops.