One of my main goals is to get rid of asthma and allergies with a dog in the house. I know, it is like trying to get rid of a headache while someone hammers you in the head. He is a Shih Tzu, which are totally hypo-allergenic except when they’re not. Like mine. I got him because I have two friends that are allergic to dogs but had success over time curing their allergy to their dog. I guess it is like allergy shots. For one friend it was fairly quick, for the other it was a very difficult 6 months and then things started to improve. Me – 3 years! However, I do sneeze less then when we first got him. I try not to pet him and if I do I wash my hands. Plus, he was going to be put to sleep because he is an older dog with deformed legs. That just couldn’t happen.
So on to some highly technical details. Apparently, one of the most important foods to give up with allergies is dairy. My understanding is this:
inflammation = lots of mucus = allergies = sad pet owner
With asthma there is inflammation in the airways and excess mucus. However, I also have some at the back of my throat (post nasal drip), my ears are plugged often and my nasal passages are blocked occasionally. It is somewhat well accepted, except by the dairy industry, that dairy products can cause both inflammation and excess mucus. One theory is that because they are acidic extra mucus is created to protect the body from the acidity. All I know is that I am loaded with the stuff. So I have gladly set aside my celery juice to have lemonade. Citrus is great at eliminating mucus, and although citrus fruits are acidic they are alkalinizing in the body. Plus, who doesn’t love lemonade?! I juice one apple with one half lemon. I don’t know if you are supposed to do this but I just throw the lemon in, peel and all (they are organic). This is really yummy and thirst quenching.
Anyway, not much new today. My back is much better and my energy gets better all the time. One week baby! Three more to go. Tomorrow we are having a celebration dinner with (gasp) cooked food. I can’t wait.