ALLERGIES – Can the Cure Be In The Cause?

What if I told you that you don’t need to feel like garbage all the time; that those allergies that have been plaguing you can be helped. Would you believe me?

The truth is your body has an incredible ability to heal, repair and replenish. It is absolutely possible; you just have to put the work in.

Allergies in all shapes and forms

Allergies come in many forms, shapes, and sizes; some can be life threatening, while others just register as annoying inconveniences. All health problems can be traced to the bowels, and allergies and their derivatives are no exceptions. The unique part is that everyone’s symptoms or allergies can express itself in different ways; where one person may have a food allergy their sibling or parent could get rashes and sneezing from animals. Yet, we each have the same organs and internal makeup. What is different is how we interact with our environment both internally and externally. The place where this meet is our bowels. This is why the bowels are always at the root of everything!

Understanding an allergy

When your body is impacted with excess and undue toxins, then this directly affects the bowels. This residue is like a layer that hinders everything between your internal body and the outside world. (Imagine trying to communicate through a wall, it’s not easy.) Allergies occur when your body is processing something and it experiences a misfire or miscommunication.

When someone who has an allergy to animal dander goes into a home with cats, something that for many causes no reaction, in that person they may start to cough, sneeze, get itchy eyes or hives. The item or allergen causes a release of histamine strong enough to be felt. A siren is going off internally and all systems engage on defense.

“What if I told you that you don’t need to feel like garbage all 
the time.”

From Mild to Severe

Depending on the trigger, the response can be as mild as a couple sneezes here or there, to a full on anaphylaxis shock where the person’s airways begin to swell up and close and their entire body can be covered in hives. What’s important to remember is that these are immune responses, and the immune system can be helped.

It stems from the bowels…

It should be at the back of our mind that all things stem and build up from the bowel out and thus can be helped by ensuring proper health of your internal organs. By creating or establishing clearer communication between the inside and outside of the body, the body finds ways to assist and improve. For example products like Avena’s Herb Cocktail or Probiotics can help from inside the gut; the Herb Cocktail works to promote healthy bowel movements and patterns while the healthy bacteria repopulate and colonize to set up a natural immune barrier.

A New Approach To Allergies

Another option is to approach from a different angle, one that can intercept earlier. Enzymes can take effect before the items reach the inner levels of the body. During many allergic reactions, there’s still a response time. If you come in contact with something that it cannot process, or sends a signal of warning through the body, there is always a time difference. For some, this is gradual and not obvious for hours, for the unlucky few this could be mere minutes. Enzymes are at the front line when it comes to breaking down stuff inside of your body that originates outside.  Because of this, if you have higher levels of enzymes that deconstruct your trigger or allergen, then there will be less reaction and response by the body.  (If you had dairy reactions but rebuilt and resupplied your body with plenty of natural enzymes that break down fats and lactose, the next time you encounter this trigger there should be a reduced response.)

Healthy proteins can turn into Histamine which is a toxin
responsible for many allergies!

Allergies Can Be A Bowel Problem

The foundation of our digestive tract and elimination shouldn’t be overlooked. A prime example that directly ties this to allergies is tryptophan. An essential amino acid found in proteins scattered throughout our diet, and critical for life. Yet, when tryptophan goes undigested through the gut and bowels it can react to produce histamine instead of something more desirable like serotonin. This increase in histamine circulating the blood can make it more difficult for those people when they do encounter a trigger; above average levels mean that even though anti-histamines are produced, the negative histamine reactions are still felt. **

Internal Histamine Poisoning

Weighing down the body with excess histamine because of undigested proteins is thankfully something that can be helped! That’s exactly why Avena always recommends a diet loaded with fresh and raw foods, loaded with natural and full proteins. This is going to cause the least amount of body-stress with the highest return. If you’re not digesting the proteins from your food, you could be slowing down or hindering other processes; just like those with high tryptophan levels show undigested tryptophan, which contributes to greater histamine responses. Factors like these are exactly why when Avena created the RP3 we knew it had to include only raw, plant-based proteins as well as protein digesting enzymes and probiotics! If there’s a way to deliver the protein without adding digestive stress why wouldn’t you? Especially if you already have allergy symptoms or problems, there’s no need to further burden your body while trying to rebuild.

Naturally Managing Allergies

Variations and combinations can always be tweaked and modified for the individual. No two of us are completely identical. Through food and supplements like these, you can help to establish greater pathways and networks for communication within the body as a whole (which is the goal!) If you know that fats or proteins are causing you physical distress it’s important to counter that and rebuild.

The biggest reason to address these problems is the chances that if you’re not reacting to milk specific properties (like casein or lactose) but rather to the fat or protein in general, chances are this is system-wide, and not happening internally with just milk consumed. A problem digesting fats would include the fats from avocados and coconuts the same as it would from other sources.

What message are symptoms trying to tell you? 

Now, these reactions while annoying are sending the system a clear message – this is not good. There is something foreign that is unknown and possibly harmful being detected. If you’re exposed to something harmful, this should be the message your body hears; but, if it’s something minor, then a five-alarm bell could be creating an exaggerated response. In the same way, pet dander rings a bell internally, we need to decrease the level, from a five-alarm to maybe a one or two. For those animal lovers with allergies, even a few hours can make a massive difference! **

Improving Your Allergic Response

It’s great when you have a clear answer and indication from your body that something isn’t so great to be around. The problem isn’t that these triggers shouldn’t be creating such a strong reaction, in other words, they’re bad, it’s just they shouldn’t be classified so strongly. An outcome like this is not necessarily in relation to food-based allergies, but more so environmental ones. It’s normal to have an allergic response to an insect bite or sting (like a mosquito bite).

An over-response would be for the inflammation response to be enough that breathing becomes laboured, body wide hives pop up and blood pressure drops; all of these signaling a major alarm. Warning signs are great, in the proper situations, not in all.

This cycles back to the higher circulating values of undigested tryptophan and higher histamine. If you can reduce these levels through different approaches, the next time you interact with these items there should be a smaller response (ideally). Now for those who have life-threatening allergies, please don’t go eating shrimp or walking through a bee farm; a change like this would take time and may be fluid.

You can improve and work with the body when and where possible, but if you have an honest intolerance you can’t reproduce what your body can’t make, and that’s okay. For the rest of us, we just need to keep it simple and do what we can and where.


LIPASE: breaks down fats, and most people who have difficulty with dairy are reacting to the higher fat content of the food, along with lactase and casein. Additional Lipase can help reduce the digestive ‘stress’ caused by these.

AMYLASE: breaks down carbohydrates, but it also lowers histamine in the body. Those who have many air or skin based allergies will find that reduced histamine levels result in fewer allergy symptoms.

PROTEASE: breaks down proteins and greatly reduces the amount of undigested tryptophan circulating the body and thus decreasing the potential for excess histamine to be found in the body on an ongoing basis.

CELLULASE: breaks down cellulose, an ingredient found in foods. It’s also responsible for the reduction of fibre. An enzyme not produced by the body but has to come from outside sources. Generally, those with food based allergies have low levels of cellulase.

You Can Heal Yourself From Allergies

The power is in our hands and in our daily choices. Choosing to eat better foods with greater digestion and limiting the excess histamine is the answer for most. Making changes can make all the difference in the world. Allergies shouldn’t create a stranglehold on those who suffer from them. There needs to be a balance and a happy medium. If we can, then why shouldn’t we tip the scales on the sides of lower histamine and greater immune support? The body is capable of so much more than we give it credit for, but sometimes we can control on what side we add value too and where we take it away. It is possible to improve these allergies, we just need to put in that work.

Allergies vs Intolerance vs Sensitivity

These are almost always food specific or related; when you eat a food that your body reacts to you can have distress such as stomach pains, cramps or diarrhea. The differences between these three reactions are which result occurs because of the trigger. During an allergic response, the immune system answers the call, flushing the body with histamine and creating discomfort and unease in its wake. For people who have an intolerance, the body lacks the ability or enzyme required to break down the product. So for those who have gluten intolerance, their body does not produce the specific enzymes that break down gluten.

Meaning anytime or any way they encounter gluten will be painful, whether it’s by food or topical. For those who fall into the sensitivity category, they are generally wary of items and their effects that occur because of a trigger; this can produce a reaction in the body, or it may not. A person sensitive to dairy may not have all the symptoms of an allergy or intolerance, yet could improve their quality of life by removing it.