Back in 2010 I had allergies… BAD!
I had a runny nose or a stuffy nose nearly 24/7. I had itchy, red, watery eyes nearly all the time.
I thought I was doomed to suffer allergies forever. I thought that was my fate in life and I accepted it and went about living life with allergies.
But then a funny thing happened…
In 2011 I moved to China and within a week my allergies had went away. They just disappeared. Poof.
No longer did I have a constantly runny nose or itchy eyes.
Was there something wonderful in the Chinese air that cured my allergies?
Don't make me laugh, Chinese air is poison.
So how did my allergies seemingly cure themselves?
My allergies did not go away because I was in China, my allergies went away because I started doing something new with my diet.
What did I do?
I fasted for 2/3 of the day, every day.
Specifically, I started eating all of my meals inside an 8 hour window and for the remaining 16 hours per day I would eat NO FOOD.
The diet that cured my allergies is called Intermittent Fasting.
I started intermittent fasting as a way to boost energy and burn fat. I had no clue any health benefits, I was simply doing it to be shredded.
I would eat all of my food in an 8 hour window and for the remaining 16 hours per day I would not eat any food at all, I would fast for most of the day.
Miraculously, the intermittent fasting diet routine is what cured my allergies forever. And quickly, too.
By giving my system a break from non-stop eating, my allergies healed themselves in a matter of 7 days.
Those allergies that I thought were there to stay simply went away when I started eating less food and by fasting through a large part of the day.
I have not followed an intermittent fasting program in 6+ years, but my allergy problem has never returned.
People who have allergies think the situation is hopeless, but they're wrong.
I certainly thought it was hopeless.
I thought nothing would work, no medicine would help, I just thought I was doomed to suffer allergies forever.
Allergies were just “out of my control.”
But that's not really true…
Allergies are like anything, they do not control you, they are in your control.
It's up to you to decide to control them or to let them run wild and control you.
For nearly 30 years I lived with runny noses or stuffed up nose, watery, itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing.
The excuse was “I have allergies” which is a PATHETIC thing to say.
If you have allergies it is because YOU caused them.
The allergies are not a mystical outside force, they are directly caused by something you are doing. Specifically, they are caused by the food you are shoveling into your mouth.
You are eating something that your body doesn't like and you are paying the consequences.
This world is based on cause and effect, there is nothing random.
So when you eat the wrong food, the effect is that your body reacts against the food you are eating and you call it “allergies” but it is really your body talking to you.
What is your body saying? It's saying:
STOP EATING THAT!
I stopped eating whatever caused my allergies accidentally and my allergies went away inside of one week.
Yes, ONE WEEK and my LIFELONG allergies went away forever.
Within 7 days my lifelong allergies went away forever. I have never again suffered allergies.
I don't have any food allergies now, eating any food is no problem.
All my body needed was a small break from eating so frequently. Once I gave my body a break, it fixed itself.
Fasting not only cured my allergies, I have direct evidence it helps others…
I had an intern who was constantly sneezing. First thing in the morning it would be “ACHEW!”, in the middle of every meeting it would be “ACHEW!”
He was sneezing absolutely non-stop. His excuse was “allergies”.
I made him go on a 5 day juice fast where he ate no food, he drank nothing but water, fresh fruit juice and fresh vegetable juice and guess what?
His sneezing WENT AWAY in 5 days.
His sneezing didn't slow down or be less frequent, his sneezing absolutely went away in 5 days.
Why does intermittent fasting cure some people's allergies?
I don't know why fasting cured my allergies.
I don't know why it cures other people's allergies, I just know that it worked for me and for other people I have observed.
Here are some quotes from other people who have cured their allergies via fasting…
This was a wonderful experience for me because it shined new light on my perspective of human needs, willpower and the value of pleasures. Fasting for 3 days straight had made me feel absolutely wonderful mentally, as if I was clear and happy, focused and calm. It was like I took an Adderall except I felt very healthy, light and free. Symbolically, I felt as if I should appreciate little pleasures in life more than always looking forward to my next meal.
There’s so much more out there to focus on and appreciate than food or other substances that you put in your mouth to make you feel good. This was true focus.
As for my allergies, my oral allergy syndrome completely disappeared. My food intolerances to legumes and tree nuts subsided tremendously. I can now eat all raw fruits and vegetables and some tree nuts.” (source)
The best benefit, though, at least for me, is that my allergy symptoms have noticeably lessened since adopting the IF lifestyle. IF has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body (a benefit largely supported by scientific literature), so that certainly plays a key role in my feeling better on the allergy front. While studies point to IF’s benefits with seasonal or environmental allergies, especially its role in improved pulmonary function (which is great news for asthma sufferers — again, due to IF’s anti-inflammatory effects), I’ve personally noticed a marked improvement in my food allergy-related symptoms, as well. It really makes sense when you think about it. When I’m limiting the hours of food intake, I’m giving my body a full 14 to 15 hours to calm itself and not have to constantly engage in a food-histamine tug of war. As a result, inflammation dies down and my symptoms (headaches, joint pain, gastrointestinal troubles, itchy/swollen mouth) subside.” (source)
THE 7 DAY FAST
If you want to cure your allergies, you may want to try intermittent fasting for 7 days.
During these 7 days you should eat all of your meals in either an 8-hour window. The remaining 16 hours of the day you should drink only water.
What are you allowed to eat if you intermittent fast?
Chicken, rice, potato, sweet potato, all vegetables, all fruits.
Basically, you are allowed any natural food to eat. It is best if you avoid any unnatural, man-made foods as these foods are likely the culprit of your allergies.
Do not drink milk or eat yogurt! Dairy is a very big cause of allergies.
After 7 days you can go back to eating processed food and dairy again if you want, but give yourself 7 days to see how well you react to not eating it so frequently.
Guess how you're going to feel when you're not sick all the time…
In 7 days your allergies are going to feel a lot better and you're going to feel pretty damn good.
Is intermittent fasting a good long-term diet?
Let me make this clear: I do NOT recommend you follow a fasting or intermittent fasting program year round because it does have negative health consequences.
Eating in an 8 hour window means you will be eating less calories, this will ensure your hormones are not functioning optimally.
You need food to survive and thrive.
When I was following an intermittent fasting plan I had year round abs, but I was also freezing all the time and my testosterone levels plummeted.
I like fasting only as a temporary purge to cure allergies or to purge some other affliction. I don't like it as a year-long plan and that is that.
It's a great strategy when you need it, but it is not mean to be done always and forever, every single day.
Fasting is good for 1-7 days, or periodically throughout the year, but then it's time to eat.
But always remember…
Your allergies are caused by the food you are eating and, in my experience, allergies are caused by eating too much food too frequently.
What about doctors and medicine?
In my experience, doctors will not try to cure you, they will try to give you medicine and pills instead of results.
MEDICINE WILL NEVER CURE YOU OF THE FOOD YOU ARE EATING.
Go see a doctor if you want medicine and don't want to do any work to actually fix your allergies.
If you want to fix your allergies, well, you may want to do a small fast.
I am not promising that it will work for you, all I am promising is that it worked for me.
- For a good resource on fasting, check out Paul Bragg's The Miracle of Fasting (you can read the PDF for free right here).
Good luck and godspeed.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice.