Sometimes fitness will have unexpected side effects. For the past five years I have been developing multiple food allergies, out of the blue. I’ve never been allergic to anything, and nothing like this runs in my family. I have to travel everywhere with antihistamines and an Epi-Pen, just in case. I rarely go more than a couple of days without having to take medication, despite careful dietary restrictions.
Since I began preparing to teach Zumba classes by doing Zumba for an hour a day, every day, something unexpected has happened. I noticed a couple of days ago that I haven’t needed any allergy medications in nearly THREE WEEKS!! No itching, no hives… nothing! To make sure that it was not just my imagination, I tentatively ate a few things that I know I have allergic reactions to. Nothing happened! Then, I bravely gave myself the Diet Coke Test during lunch on Sunday. (There is something in Diet Coke that makes me itch severely, and we can’t figure out what it is.) On Sunday night I noticed very mild itching, and it went away on its own without the need for meds.
For me, this is HUGE!!! The only lifestyle changes I have made has been increasing the intensity and duration of my workouts, and focusing exclusivley on Zumba. I’m not one to sweat much during exercise, but I am soaked by the end of my Zumba hour. I’m not a doctor, but perhaps it’s true that sweating released toxins and impurities from the body!
Whatever the cause of this extroardinary change in my health, I am very grateful!!! ~Anne-Marie