Food AllergiesFood Allergies – The disease symptoms caused by food reactions are many and varied. Depending on the individual, the allergy can manifest problems throughout the entire body depending on susceptibilities.

Food allergies can cause sneezing, rashes, itching, arthritis, nervous health-issues, concentration problems, insomnia, headaches and chronic fatigue. Recently, we have seen cancer, diabetes, multiples sclerosis and schizophrenia have been linked to food allergies. Allergy sufferers find that they are allergic to the foods they eat frequently and like the most.

IgE Mediated Food Allergy – Food Allergies

In IgE mediated food allergies, the immune system triggers IgE antibodies to bind with food protein (also known as the allergen) activating cells throughout the body to release histamine and other chemicals that cause inflammation and allergic reactions throughout the body. These can be immediate or delayed, from a few seconds to 48 hours.

Non-IgE Mediated Food Allergy

In non-IgE mediated food allergies, the immune system responds directly to a food protein, causing the release of certain chemicals leading to milder reactions primarily in the GI tract. This can lead to protein-induced enterocolitis, gastroenteritis, and esophagitis. 95% of adverse food reactions fall in this category.

Standard allergy testing can only test for IgE mediated allergies, making an elimination /challenge diet very effective for determining the allergy. To effectively do this, take the suspected food out of your diet for 7-10 days, and then re-introduce it on an empty stomach and without other foods. Test your pulse before and after eating the food. If your pulse rises more than a few beats per minute, or if you have any adverse reaction, you are probably allergic to it.

The following foods are responsible for 90 percent of allergic reactions:

  • Milk
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazel, and Brazil nuts)
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

The Link Between Seasonal Allergies and Food Allergies

Oral Allergy Syndrome comes from the ingestion of pollen on certain fruits and vegetables that triggers tingling, itchiness, swollen tongue, lips or throat.

Allergy: Birch Pollen
Foods: Almonds, apples, carrots, celery, cherries, coriander, fennel, hazelnuts, kiwis, peaches, parsley, pears, plums

Allergy: Grass Pollen
Foods: Celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomatoes

Allergy: Ragweed
Foods: Bananas, chamomile tea, cucumbers, dandelion greens, echinacea, melons, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, zucchini

Cooking or peeling can help prevent this reaction.

The Animal’s Diet is Important

It becomes especially important to buy organic grass-fed beef, raw dairy from grass-fed Jersey cows (Holsteins are used in most large production American dairies and contain mutated beta-casein that converts to histidine; France has rejected these cows due to inferior milk), free range eggs and meat from chickens fed a natural diet of bugs and worms when allergies are present. What may appear like an allergy to meat, dairy and eggs may in fact be masking a reaction to the grains or soy fed to the animals, the insecticides used on the grains, or the antibiotics given to the animals.

Reading Labels

When buying anything in a package or box, be sure to read labels carefully. Wheat, corn and soy are pervasive and ubiquitous in the processed food supply, usually under other names that the average consumer would not recognize. Buy as much food as possible from the farmers market, and when possible, cook meals from scratch. The more time spent in the kitchen, the less time there is spent sick.

Adrenal Function

People with poor adrenal function are often unable to tolerate carbohydrates or digest meat very well due to suppressed or absent HCL production  in the stomach due to a deficiency of vitamin B6 and zinc, both needed for the production of pancreatic enzymes, or of insufficient chloride due to a low-salt diet.

Arthritis

Some people are sensitive to the nightshade family:  tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers – and react with sore and painful joints, leading to arthritis. Sugar, wheat, pork may also cause arthritic pain.

Asthma

Egg, milk, seafood, peanuts, chocolate, corn, and nuts are common offenders.

Autism

Autistic children may be more vulnerable to food allergies because of abnormalities in their digestive and/or immune systems.

Hyperactivity

Certain fruits, such as tomatoes, almonds, apricots, peaches and nectarines, contain aspirin-like compounds called salicylates, which have been shown to contribute to hyperactivity. Sugar and corn can be a major cause, along with artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives

Yeast Infections

Heavily yeasted foods such as vinegar, barley malt, alcoholic beverages, commercially pickled foods, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and aged cheeses, often exacerbate the symptoms of chronic yeast infections. Yeasts can actually change form, attach themselves to the walls of the intestine and grow in the intestine, causing holes in the intestinal wall that allows undigested food and toxins to enter the bloodstream. These toxins and food particles will trigger allergic reactions, especially when the body is under stress.

Bulimia

Wheat and sugar are two common cravings in bulimic individuals.

Colitis

Milk, wheat, corn, egg, chocolate, nuts, tomatoes and hard to digest starches can all be important to avoid.

Duodenal ulcer

Milk allergies are often linked to duodenal ulcers.

Eczema

Milk, fruits, chocolate, peas, beans, grains and eggs can all cause a reaction.

Headaches or Migraines

Eggs, wheat, milk, chocolate, corn, cinnamon, wine, pork and nuts are common offenders.

Hives

Peanuts, eggs, shellfish, tomatoes, chocolate, nuts, spices, milk and food additives are frequent offenders.

Recurrent Ear Infection

Almost any frequently eaten food, or a natural gas exposure, can trigger this reaction. Milk is the prime culprit, along with wheat, egg, peanut, soy and corn. All of these can cause fluid behind the eardrum. Orange, tomato and chicken cause fluid also, but to a lower extent.

Recurrent Upper Respiratory Infections

Milk, egg, corn and wheat can cause the mucous membranes to become swollen, which makes it easy for microorganisms to begin colonizing the damaged mucus membranes.

Allergy Program for Children Ages 4-12

1. Eco Laundry Detergent: Chemical free laundry that actually works!

2. Virgin Cod Liver Oil: Provides A, D and omega-3 fatty acids for immunity.

3. BioGia Probiotic Drops for Kids: Healthy flora helps the immune system stay strong

4. C-Salts Buffered Vitamin C Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine.

Allergy Program for Adults

1. Virgin Cod Liver Oil: To strengthen the immune system.

2. B-complex Plus by Pure Encapsulations: Helps the body cope with stress.

3. C-Salts Buffered Vitamin C : Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine.

4. VSL#3For improved immunity against allergens.

 

Sources:

  1. Fallon, Sally. Nourishing Traditions
  2. 2. Taylor, Krohn, and Larson. Allergy Relief and Prevention
  3. Eating Well Magazine, February 2016
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