I am reading this book entitled, The Unhealthy Truth- How Our Food Is Making Us Sick. It states:
“Increased levels of environmental toxins/pollution (diesel exhaust, cigarette smoke, heavy metals, etc) are throwing our immune system out of balance. A severe imbalance in the immune system brings on more T helper cell 2 (TH2) instead of T helper 1 cells (TH1). T helper 1 cells protects cells from viruses, fungi, and cancer. But T helper 2 cells attack any substance that the body considers a toxic invader (bacteria, allergens like dust, pollen, food).(Remember, T1 cells also go into hiding when you are very stressed). So, instead of accurately reading the potential dangers in the environment, these skewed immune systems are far too quick to overreact. An allergic reaction is your body overreacting to something that is should not react to. These extra toxins create an immune environment that is more prone to overactivity.
Sign of allergies= dark circles under eyes, eczema or rashes near mouth, especially after a certain food or beverage is consumed. Runny poops are sign that a person is not properly digesting food ( food allergy ).
Dairy allergies= eczema, diarrhea, ear infections
A key aspect of the immune response is known as inflammation, characterized by one of four of the classic symptoms: redness, heat, swelling, and pain. Inflammation does not occur only in allergic reactions; it flares up whenever your body feels threatened, in response to a cut, bacteria, or virus, etc. Much of our immune system is found in our digestive tracks, where many of these inflammatory reactions occur in the form of stomachaches, cramping, nausea, and bloating. Ironically, the immune system’s inflammatory reaction – meant to heal and protect the body- often causes more problems than the invader.
Inflammatory reaction= redness, warmth, swelling, and pain.
First, blood rushes to the affected part of body, desperately trying to bring protective white blood cells to the battle zone. All that blood makes the area turn red and feel warm.
Then, the white blood cells release their protective chemicals meant to heal. But these chemicals may leak into surrounding tissues, causing them to swell. And the whole process, often stimulates the nerves, which causes pain."