Allergies can affect virtually every part of the body: every organ, system, hormone and acid and base levels. Allergies are the result of your immune system attacking an everyday substance or the body itself.
Allergies have an enormous impact on the brain and central nervous system and can cause disruptions in the way these systems develop. There is a relationship between allergies and learning behaviors and diagnosis. Medical definitions of Autism, for example list allergies as a trait in these children.
Types/Symptoms of Allergies
You can be allergic to foods including additives, preservatives, vitamins and minerals, environmental elements including everything from pollens to plastics, and to your own body’s hormones, proteins and chemicals. The symptoms can be food cravings, aches and pains, concentration, learning difficulties, anxiety, fatigue, depression, mood swings, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, restlessness, weakness, hyperactivity, low muscle tone, behavioral outbursts and many more. Some of the most common allergies are dust, molds, pollens and foods like milk, sugar, and wheat which are foods frequently eaten by our children.
Stress and Allergies
Today our hectic lives are full of stress as we try to balance work and home life and school work. The stress of a school day on a child with learning disabilities can be enormous. There is a strong connection between this stress and fatigue, headaches, hyperactivity and an endless list of symptoms. Stress often makes many allergy related symptoms appear or worsen and may work in combination resulting in increased symptoms or behavioral issues. When we are under stress is also when allergies tend to develop and you can accumulate more allergies in times of stress as your body’s immune system goes into overdrive trying to fight against foreign invaders.
Testing for allergies can be done by an Allergist.