Anyone can develop a food allergy at any time, often appearing to arise overnight, a situation of “the straw that broke the camel’s back”, because we tend to become allergic to those foods that we eat the most of, and those foods that we crave are usually the offenders.
The origin of particular food allergies is considered to be the too early introduction of large varieties of solid foods into a little baby’s diet, ie before 6 months of age. Children younger than this have immature, inefficient digestive systems that leave large molecules of food which can enter into the blood stream and cause the body to react and identify and record them as an allergen (producing an allergic reaction).
Below are the most common allergens in Western society and some of the symptoms they cause.
MILK PRODUCTS – eczema, congested nasal passages and sinus’, sore throat, puffy eyes, abdominal distension, stomach cramp, alternating diarrhoea/constipation, excess flatus.
WHEAT – nausea, stomach pains, inflamed bowel, itchy-red eyelids.
EGGS – nausea and vomiting, hives, use egg-replacer from Health Shop.
CITRUS FRUITS – hives, rash, stomach pain and diarrhoea.
SHELLFISH – violent reaction, swelling of throat, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, elevated temperature.
YEASTS – groin rash or vaginal aggravation with discharge, abdominal bloat, excess flatus, loose bowel action, inflamed nail beds. Purchase yeast-free bread, avoid sugar, malt and vinegar.
SUGAR – abdominal pain, low energy interspersed with hyperactive behaviour and muscle and joint aches and pains.
NIGHTSHADES – capsicum, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes all cause arthritic pain.
GLUTEN – wheat, rye, oats, barley. Use the following cereals and flours – soya, potato, whole rice, cornflour. Allergy to gluten causes damage to the intestines and consequent pain, foul smelling, large, frothy, pale colored stool.
Anyone can develop food allergies if liver and pancreatic function is failing, foods are then incompletely digested and ascertained by the brain and immune system as “foreigners” and allergens; then an inflammation begins.
Eliminate suspect foods from the diet for two weeks, then add back in one food at a time, testing for three days, if however, symptoms return Day 1 or 2, consider that food as an allergen and avoid for at least twelve weeks before testing again.
Supplemental digestive enzymes are usually a necessity, I keep good supplies of these in clinic. Self prescribing of digestive enzymes can be harmful to your health.
Yours in Health,
Carolyn White. www.carolynwhitenaturopathy.com.au