Wear clothing from natural fibres where possible
Usually when we think of allergies we think of food allergies but we can also be allergic to the clothing we wear.
When our grandparents and great grandparents were alive and living their lives to the full, just like we are today, all their clothing was made out of natural materials - cotton, wool and linen. Some lucky young ladies had clothing made from silk and poorer people may have had clothes made from hemp or other coarse plant type weaves.
Today when we go into any clothing shop, the majority of clothing is made from synthetics.
What are Synthetic Materials?
Synthetics are fibres made from substances that are not natural. These major synthetics are polyester, nylon, acetate, viscose, acrylic, saran, spandex, orlon and rayon. Most synthetics are made from petrochemicals. What else is made from petrochemicals? Petrol or gasoline for your car. That's right, your clothes are related to the fuel you put in your car.
Synthetic fibres melt and stick to the skin if they burn. They also cause static electricity to build up in the body. This electrical charge can cause irritation of the skin. Synthetic fibres can make you overheat - remember they do not let moisture escape, and they also make you cold when they get wet.
Best Fibres to Use
Natural fibres are the best to use. These include cotton and wool worn by our ancestors. Science today has helped manufacturers refine the ways these fibres and yarns are made and so give us better end products. Other natural fibres to look out for are silk, linen, bamboo, cashmere, alpaca and leather.
Wheat and eggs are major allergens
What are the Major Allergies?
The major allergies people suffer from are cow's milk, wheat, egg, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish.
Other foods many people are affected by are soy and sesame seeds.
There are many other foods that some people cannot eat and these can be specific to a smaller number of people. Some people are affected by many foods while others are affected by only one food.
Another set of food that some people are finding they cannot tolerate are legumes. These include peanuts, soy, lupins, chickpea, lentil and peas. These have been used because they are an important source of protein. Previously they may have been the main ingredient in the diet of Indians or Mexicans.
Many people with cow's milk allergies have turned to soy milk over the last two decades. Many people are finding now that they cannot tolerate this either.
With the health food revolution of the last twenty years many foods that we would not have eaten regularly if at all, have come into our diet. This includes sesame seeds, chickpeas and lentils.
Gluten Free Flour
In the last ten years particularly many people have gone on a gluten free diet. Flours used in this cannot be made from wheat, barley or rye. Therefore other seeds and grains have been researched and used in these flours. Chickpeas are often included in Gluten Free flour. Chickpea flour is also called Besan flour. Lupin flour is sometimes included in this mix though I have not come across it myself.
So when you are buying your next batch of gluten free flour, first look at the ingredients to see what is in the ingredient list.
The Immune System
We can build up our immune system by not eating the foods that affect us. This gives our bodies time to cleanse the toxins that are created each time we ingest food that does not agree with our system. Then our body can become stronger when it is not constantly bombarded by unwelcome nourishment.
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I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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