The 7-Day Allergy Makeover – Dr. Sara’s Book Club #14
Posted on 17 May 2014
Allergies rank high on the health misery scale. They affect about 50 million people in the United States. Even mild allergy symptoms can bring about fatigue, congestion, bloating and brain fog.People with more severe allergies can experience extremely aggressive inflammatory reactions that require hospitalization. In America, the cost of treating allergies is in the billions of dollars, further burdening an already strained healthcare system. That is why Dr. Susanne Bennett’s new book, “The 7-Day Allergy Makeover,” is so timely. A holistic physician who specializes in allergies, clinical nutrition and environmental and lifestyle medicine, much of Dr. Bennett’s expertise was necessitated by raising her young son, who was allergic to nearly everything. Even the latest treatments and best doctors couldn’t help him, so she applied her medical training and became an allergy specialist – and in the process learned to heal her son naturally. Now, she is sharing her proven method with the world. Her strategy is a slam-dunk – digestible, actionable wisdom derived from extensive first-hand experience. “The 7-Day Allergy Makeover” condenses Dr. Bennett’s 24 years of clinical experience and advanced study into a simple, straightforward plan that can eliminate allergies and restore vibrant health from the inside out. One of the many reasons I love this book is that it offers a solution that is more effective than costly doctor’s visits and prescription drugs. Instead, Dr. Bennett gives readers step-by-step, action-oriented instructions to uncover the root cause of allergies. She suggests simple and specific lifestyle changes that stop the symptoms from recurring – proof that small hinges swing big doors. Understanding, patient and supportive, she clearly explains what creates the problem, the reasons for the adverse symptoms and how to eliminate them forever! “Once you understand what goes into creating allergies,” writes Dr. Bennett, “You can modify certain aspects of your nutrition, air quality, living environment, body hygiene, and emotional stresses to create an allergy-free lifestyle.” The layout of this book makes life easy: Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of your health and environment. You will learn how lifestyle, diet, water and even the arrangement of your home and office can contribute to allergies. Dr. Bennett recommends reading one chapter each day and doing your best to carry out all the suggestions. This way, you will be able to make a real start towards an allergy-free life in just seven days. Here’s a quick look at what’s offered in each section:
Day 1: Clean Up Your NutritionThis is absolutely key to reducing allergies and strengthening the body’s defenses. In this chapter, you will find out about some of the most common and surprising food allergies and their symptoms. There are also tips for different kinds of foods to eat and how each works to alleviate allergies.
Day 2: Clean Up Your WaterThis section discusses how the water in your home may be adding to toxicity in your body. Improving your water quality means a reduction in harmful chemicals and gases, and lower exposure to these makes for a significant decline in allergy symptoms.
Day 3: Clean Up Your AirHere, you will learn how airborne allergens from outside permeate your living spaces – home, car and office. Using a step-by-step method for minimizing their staying power, you will soon find yourself breathing easier throughout the day!
Day 4: Clean Up Your Living EnvironmentTo keep allergies at bay, it is crucial that your home be as clean and allergen-free as possible. This chapter delves into the issue of dust, mold and other allergens that crop up in living spaces. You will come to understand their effects on your body and learn the best ways to minimize them.
Day 5: Clean Up Your KitchenNot surprisingly, the kitchen contains more allergens than pretty much any other room in the house. Dr. Bennett pinpoints them and explains how to keep your distance or (even better) get rid of them entirely.
Day 6: Clean Up Your BodyIt’s surprising how many allergens collect in the hair and on the body. This section educates readers about which cleaning products to ditch, and which are healthy and safe. It also outlines specific cleansing techniques that effectively deal with toxins.
Day 7: Clean Up Your StressIt’s all connected: Even emotional health plays a part in managing sensitivity to events and potential allergens. This chapter goes into detail about the body’s fight-or-flight response, how it leaves us allergy-prone, and what to do to calm the body and mind in order to restore balance.
The book also includes a number of supplemental tools to help you make the most of Dr. Bennett’s unique treatment system:
- Allergy symptoms checklist
- Body composition tracking sheet
- Allergy-free food shopping list
- Gut restore food checklist