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Food Allergies and Infertility - The Allergy Co

Food Allergies and Infertility?

There is nothing more upsetting for a couple who have decided it is time to start a family than to fail to conceive. There are many reasons why conception may be challenging.

In order to optimise the chances of conceiving and having a healthy, successful pregnancy we need to be at our best, physically, nutritionally, and emotionally.

One possible cause of infertility, food allergies, is often overlooked when addressing infertility in both men and women.

Inflammation

Food allergies trigger the immune system and, therefore, increase inflammation and histamine levels.

The hormones involved in the reproductive system are very finely balanced. The presence of inflammation will have an impact on that balance, disrupting the cycle. Histamine has been shown to stimulate ovulation, however, too much will cause the egg to be immature when released.

Inflammation also affects the quality of the mucous in the vagina and around the cervix. The mucous contains a carbohydrate based food to fuel the sperm and is essential in providing an environment that is the correct pH for the sperm. Along with this the fallopian tubes can become damaged affecting the ability to conceive.

Gut Health

The greater part of our immune system, around 65%, is found in the intestinal tract. When our microbiome, the gut bacteria and other microbes, are out of balance, and we have gut dysbiosis, Histamine can be elevated. There may be an excess of histamine producing bacteria, or SIBO (Small intestine bacterial overgrowth), a condition where the bacteria from the large intestine migrate up into the small intestine. SIBO will impair the effectiveness of the enzyme Diamine Oxidase, DAO, which destroys histamine.

Auto-immune response

When the body is reacting to allergens in food our immune system is over active. A fetus is effectively a foreign body, the immune system perceives it as threat, an invader, and will be triggered to attack. To counteract this, the uterus secretes cells to interrupt this immune response, however, they will be less effective when we have an over-active immune system which is being stimulated by allergies.

In addition, Celiac can trigger what is called Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS). This is occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks some of the normal proteins in your blood. During pregnancy APS may result in blood clots forming in the placenta affecting blood flow and nutrients available to the developing baby. This can result in a miscarriage.

In men with celiac it has been found that sperm shape can be altered, causing them to be less mobile and viable.

Nutrition

As mentioned above, food allergies impact the health of our digestive tract. They damage the structure of the gut lining and change the type and number of bacteria present, some of which disrupt or inhibit digestion and absorption.

For some people symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation are evident, in others there may be few or no obvious digestive symptoms. In all cases though, they will affect our ability to digest and absorb nutrients from food. In particular B12, fats, and fat soluble vitamins such as A, D and E. It is also important to ensure enough selenium, zinc, folic acid (Vit B9). Talk to your Nutritionist or Naturopathic Doctor about testing for nutrition and advice on any dietary supplements you may require.

Allergy medications

Allergy medications are usually anti-histamines. If you are trying to conceive it is important to know that there is a growing amount of evidence to suggest that they reduce fertility and the ability to conceive. A certain amount of histamine is required to ensure that the fetus implants into the uterus.

In addition, some research seems to indicate that anti-histamines reduce blood flow to the embryo. In addition, Research is still being conducted into whether allergy meds are related to birth defects. Some studies suggest there is a link.

Do You Have Food Allergies?

Food allergies can manifest in many ways, and affect almost any system in the body so it not always easy to identify them as causing health issues. Just some of the health concerns that can be triggered by allergies include:

Digestion: Stomach pain, Diarrhoea, Constipation, Gas, Bloating, Canker sores
Skin: Rashes, Eczema, Itching, Dryness, Cracked heels
Pain: Headaches, Muscle or Joint Pain, Cramping, Stiffness
Respiratory: Post nasal drip, Chronic cough, Sore throat, Tonsillitis, Sinus problems, Ear infections
Emotional / Mental Health: Attention Deficit, ADD / ADHD, Memory loss,Depression, Anxiety
Weight gain / loss
Immune system: Frequent Illness, difficulty getting over illness
Hormones: Menstrual cycle disorders, Infertility, Thyroid issues, Fatigue

 

Conclusion

If you are trying to conceive, it is worth investigating any food allergies that may be holding you back. For both men and women, addressing food allergies in your diet will increase your chances of successful conception and pregnancy.

Book a Free introductory meeting with me or talk to your Naturopathic doctor or Functional Medicine Practitioner to find out more.

 

A Cure For Seasonal Allergies - The Allergy Co - Centretown Ottawa

A Cure For Seasonal Allergies?

Many of us suffer from seasonal allergies. Allergies can be of a physical nature or associated with underlying emotional issues.

The medical profession will provide testing to identify your allergies but is of little use when offering solutions. They are limited to meds to control symptoms and allergy shots (immunotherapy), both of which can bring relief but do not tackle the underlying issues.

Using the meds is a little like taking your car to the garage because a warning light shows up on the dash and the mechanic only turning off the light without fixing the underlying problem.

And the shots are painful, time-consuming and usually need to duplicated over many years.

The only other option is to avoid the allergens; easier said than done if you react to dust, moulds, pollens etc.!

So, is there a better way?

There are many natural allergy treatments available, some more effective than others. NAET is one of them.

My personal experience with this modality began in 2003. I had suffered from various allergies for many years and was ready to try anything. Despite the mixed reviews of this method I decided to give it a go. I was impressed to find that having been treated and pronounced clear of the allergens I no longer reacted to any of them.

I still don’t react, 12 years later! My clients have the same experience – once they are cleared for an allergen, it does not become a problem again.

The treatment uses the principles of acupuncture and works with your body to switch off the reaction. The body learns that it can be in balance, harmony, and nonreactive when exposed to the allergen. This treatment has even been proven effective for severe and anaphylactic allergies.

The first step is to identify which of the environmental allergens you are reacting to, then to treat them until cleared.

The traditional NAET protocol has a strict order for managing allergens and will only consider one at a time, however, for seasonal allergies I have found it most effective to be guided by what your body wants and to treat as many of the environmental allergens as the body requests in one group. This group of allergens then takes 2 – 3 sessions to clear. The total cost to treat seasonal allergies is typically less than $400, and you will no longer need to be paying out for meds.

One of my clients writes:

“I was always short of breath, increased difficulty just going up the stairs. I was tested for allergies, and it ended up I was allergic to multiple things. I was treated, and now I started playing hockey and running again. I barely use my puffers, and I am rarely sick even though I work in a hospital setting.”

Book a complimentary session with me to find out more about this truly life changing treatment.

Disclaimer

This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Now I would like to hear from you. Do have seasonal allergies? What have you tried to help with their symptoms? Let us know in the comments below.