Food allergies and food sensitivities (also referred to as intolerances)
are terms often used interchangeably. Technically, a food allergy is a
measurable immune response to a normally harmless food. Symptoms include
itchy hives, lip swelling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, and
difficulty breathing. Common food allergies are to peanuts, wheat, milk,
eggs, MSG, and shellfish. Scientists are not sure what exactly causes food
allergies. Since many allergies tend to run in families, there apparently
is a genetic component. There is also evidence that some allergies are the
result of exposure to a certain food or foods too early in life before the
immune system is fully developed. Many infants who are given cow's milk
instead of breast milk in the first months develop an allergic reaction;
the same goes for children who are fid wheat, eggs, peanut butter, or other
products before they are ready. At any age, the over-consumption of food is
thought to lead to allergies. Wheat, for example, is a common allergen in
the United States, because most people eat it at every meal and snack.
Food sensitivities are reactions to food where there is not necessarily an
immune response, as measured by standard lab tests. These symptoms are not
life-threatening but are bothersome. These include, but are not limited to,
abdominal cramps, bloating, headache, mood swings, reoccurring infections,
joint pain, runny nose, skin rashes, dark circles under the eyes, and
fatigue. Symptoms may occur up to thirty-six hours after ingesting the
offending food. Common food sensitivities that we see with patients are to
cow's milk, wheat, corn, soy, chocolate, citrus fruit, and artificial
sweeteners and preservatives. Most food sensitivities are acquired
throughout life. A lack of variety in the diet, poor digestion and
detoxification, and genetics are often the underlying causes. Most people
who have multiple food sensitivities have an underlying condition known as
a leaky gut syndrome. This means that foods are not being broken down
effectively (especially proteins), and once absorbed, they cause a
heightened immune reaction. The key to these cases is to heal the gut
lining and improve food breakdown, something that natural medicine is very
effective for. Many cases of food sensitivities can be eliminated or
improved with natural therapies.
Food allergies and sensitivities can sometimes be difficult to identify.
Immune responses to food may take hours or days to develop, and they may be
mistaken for seasonal allergies or for other disease associated with their
symptoms: colds, flu, skin problems, chronic fatigue, and many others. And
allergies aren't just triggered by the consumption of large quantities of a
problem food: you can have a reaction from a minute quantity or even from
simply touching or inhaling an allergen. Use the elimination diet to
determine which food or foods, if any, you are allergic to.
Also, specific testing with blood, electrodermal, skin scratch, or applied
kinesiology by a holistic practitioner or a doctor can help you quickly
identify your problem foods. They can then be avoided or you can
desensitize yourself to them.
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Food allergies can produce a number of symptoms. The most common are listed
· Red, itchy, or watery eyes
· Dark circles or puffiness under the eyes
· Hives, rashes, eczema, or other skin eruptions
Nausea or vomiting
· Swelling of the throat and the tongue
Common symptoms of food sensitivities:
· Abdominal cramps and bloating
· Dark circles under the eyes
· Over-consumption of a certain food
· Introduction of food too early in infancy or childhood
· Stress, which depresses the immune system
· Poor digestion and detoxification
If you experience difficulty breathing developing, hives that spread
rapidly, get emergency help at once. Allergic reactions like these can be
quickly fatal. If you know you have severe reactions to certain substances,
talk to your doctor about emergency adrenaline kits you can keep on hand.
Obviously, the most important step in treating allergies is identifying
them. Once you've identified the offending substances, adhere to the
following suggestions to keep them out of your diet and to reduce your
chances of having a bad reaction, should you be accidentally exposed. Food
sensitivities can generally be improved or cured by rotating foods in the
diet, improving digestion and detoxification, and using the desensitization
techniques described in this chapter.
Fortify your immune system with a healthful, wholesome diet. Eat foods that
are high in immune-building nutrients: seafood, beans, and nuts for
magnesium; green leafy vegetables and brewer's yeast for B vitamins; and
plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for vitamin C.
A varied diet will discourage the development of allergies, so try to eat
different foods every day.
Breast milk is best for infants. If, for some reason, you are unable to
provide your baby with mother's milk, use a cow's milk alternative or a
predigested, hypoallergenic formula.
Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours to flush allergens out
of your body and to encourage overall health.
Foods to Avoid
Of course, you must avoid the foods that trigger a severe allergy response.
In general, it is best to buy whole foods and prepare them yourself, so
that you are aware of their content, but if you must buy packaged food,
learn how to read labels and scrutinize them carefully. Food preservatives
and artificial colorings or flavorings can be at the root of food
Food sensitivities can generally be rotated in the diet until you become
desensitized to the offending food.
If you have recently suffered an allergy attack, go on a short,
twenty-four-hour juice fast to cleanse the body of allergens. For chronic
allergies, undertake a one- to three-day cleanse every three months.
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