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Identifying And Relieving Food Allergies

You should seek immediate  medical attention if serious symptoms of allergy develop after eating.  These include severe hives, itching, swelling, light headed, wheezing,  shortness of breath, and difficulty swallowing.

Identifying  and Relieving FOOD ALLERGIES.

In the past it was thought that food allergies are relatively uncommon, occurring in less than 1  percent of the population and mainly in children.

Further,  they feel that most people with food allergies are allergic to one food, or maybe two or three at the most. The allergic symptoms – mostly skin,  respiratory,  and digestive problems –  are obvious, they say, and often start within an hour or two of eating the offending food. The immune system reacts to the food allergen in the same way it might react to other allergens such as pollen or mould:  It immediately produces an antibody that causes a release of histamine, one of  the many chemicals that trigger classic allergy symptoms.

There’s one problem with this description it is for only about  5  to  10  of all cases.  Here’s what you need to know about the other  90  to  95  percent.

Food allergies aren’t  rare,  and they don’t occur mainly in children.  In fact,  the majority are adults as well as children –  are allergic to certain foods.  No one knows why so many people are allergic,  but the major causes are excess stress,  inadequate rest,  a toxic environment,  and an unnatural diet.

In addition,  food allergies don’t affect just the skin or the respiratory or digestive system.  They can affect any system,  tissue,  or organ in the body and often,  they do.

Many health problems are either caused or complicated by food allergies. These include anaemia, high blood pressure, fatigue, eczema,  asthma, migraines, ear infections, sinusitis, hearing loss, thyroid disease, hay fever, kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, gallbladder disease,  irritable bowel syndrome, and heartburn as well as many others.

Moreover, allergic reactions to foods don’t always occur immediately. Your symptoms may show up anywhere from 2  hours to  3  days after eating the food, so you may never suspect that the cause of your discomfort has anything to do with food. And you may be allergic to many foods, not just    1  or  2,   ( 3  to 10  is not uncommon,  and sometimes it may be as many as 20 ).

Immune system reacts to food allergens  (usually, undigested proteins that pass into the bloodstream through a gut wall that’s been made permeable, or  “leaky”  by many lifestyle and biochemical factors ) by producing many different types of antibodies that attach to the allergens. These food-antibody complexes trigger an  array of inflammatory reactions that create various symptoms and diseases.  There’s one more thing you need to know:  Food allergies can be minimized, corrected, or eliminated.

DISCOVERING the CAUSE

Finding out which foods or food proteins you’re allergic to can be complicated. Many people need the help of physicians to identify their food allergies and then avoid the foods that are making them sick. But here are some steps that you can try on your own to start identifying the source – or sources – of your problems.

FOOD DIARY: Your Personal Guide

You need to know which types of foods you’re eating all the time,  that is,  every or almost every day.  One ( or more ) of these is most likely to be your allergic food.

When you continually bombard the body with the same foods containing the same nutrients, especially in the context of a leaky gut, it eventually cries ‘uncle’.

So it is recommended that you keep a food diary. Write down everything you eat  ( including the ingredients in processed foods )  for a week.

If you find you’re eating any food or ingredient three, four, or more times a week, eliminate it from your diet  for 10 days and see whether you feel better. Then eat it again and see whether you feel worse. If not eating the food improves your symptoms, and eating it worsens them, it’s very likely that you’re allergic to that food.

ELIMINATION DIET: Round up the Usual Suspects

Most people with food allergies react to one of a small number of commonly eaten foods.  The usual suspects include dairy foods, eggs, grain, ( especially wheat, rye, barley, oats, and corn), soy beans in any form (from tofu to soy milk), citrus fruits, and peanuts.

Thus, another strategy is to eliminate all of these foods from your diet for 10 days, then reintroduce them one by one to see if anything happens. Reintroduce only one food every 4 days,  since it takes that long for your body to clear itself of a food allergen.

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Harish is an international development specialist and author of several publications on socio economic development. Harish is a regular contributor to online article sites on the topics of on line education, underserved peoples, scholarship and educational excellence.