Get natural relief for your food allergies.
How many times have you seen a NUT ALLERGY or NUT FREE SITE warning posted at daycares, schools and in other public places? If you like to read food labels when you shop, you’ve probably noticed that most products you pick up now include a warning that nut traces may be present in their production facility. Allergies are on the rise and gone are the days of sending Jack and Jill off to school with a peanut butter sandwich!
Conventional immunologists see food allergy as only one very specific type, namely IgE mediated acute hypersensitivity. An example of this is an allergy to peanuts, where acute reactions can result in severe anaphylaxis or death. There are some blood tests that look for specific IgE abnormalities but no other food testing is available under most healthcare systems.
Signs & Symptoms
There is however, a much broader immune system and there can be dysfunction in all of these areas. This can result in a variety of food reactions or allergies, varying from symptoms occurring shortly after the food is eaten to those developing after many hours.
Almost any symptom can be attributed to food allergies which makes this a complicated area to assess. The most common symptoms include skin rashes, abdominal cramps, loose stools, joint pain, headache, fatigue and ‘brain fog’. And to complicate things, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, eczema and several other medical conditions have also been linked with food allergies.
Identifying Food Allergies
Testing for food allergies is not highly accurate as there are many parts of the immune system that are involved. Some of the better tests are perhaps 85% accurate and can be used as a valuable guide in the management of food allergies. One example is the ALCAT test which involves a patient’s white blood cells being mixed with each of 100 foods. Another is the IgG test, measuring one particular long-term antibody directed against foods.
Allergies and Diet
A more accurate “test” is an elimination diet in which potential allergenic foods are excluded from the diet for 2 to 4 weeks followed by a gradual reintroduction of those foods, one day at a time. During the elimination period you may experience withdrawal symptoms for a few days. These might include headache, abdominal cramps and a feeling of malaise.
Over time, most people have become somewhat tolerant of their food allergies, however, after a period of elimination, this tolerance is lost and you will become more sensitive to a small amount of that food. So during the reintroduction phase, your allergy symptoms will be more pronounced on the days that food is eaten. This is useful in helping to identify foods that are a problem for you.
Does this feel a bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack? It is! But if you’re one of the millions of people world-wide who have food allergies, there is a way through.
Natural Supplements for Food Allergies
Treatment involves excluding the identified allergenic foods from the diet. For those with multiple food allergies this can be quite challenging, therefore a rotation diet works best. This involves eating some of the less problematic foods every four days or less. This can reduce the cumulative effects of these foods over time. Once you’ve identified the allergenic foods, exclude them from your diet.
There are medications available to reduce the allergic effect, but these must be prescribed by a doctor. They can have unwanted side effects and unfortunately, not many physicians are familiar with these treatments.
A much better alternative in the treatment of food allergies involves nature’s remedies. There are very effective natural supplements to support digestion, reduce inflammation in the gut, help restore normal bowel bacteria and reduce unhealthy bacteria and yeast overgrowth.
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To your health,
Dr. Chris Dawkins, BM, MRCGP, LMCC
Chief Nutrition Optimizer at Natural Health Publishing