Do You Suffer From Dripping At The Back Of The Nose, Bloating, Weight Fluctuations?
These can be some of the signs that you may be suffering from an allergy. Chronic allergies can cause a systemic inflammation which makes joint and muscle pain feel a lot worse. It’s also one of the common causes we see when people feel sore during or after their treatments and has been linked to other health conditions.
Food allergies and intolerances are fairly common and appear to likely to underly many other health problems.
Classic symptoms are sensitivity to chemicals such as perfumes and other envoronmental allergens. Here’s some more:
- Food allergies
- Irritability or mood swings
- Often feel achy like a cold coming on
- Headaches and/or migraines
- Abnormal fatigue not helped by rest
- Posterior nasal drip – often have to clear throat or sniff
- Feels queasy first thing in the morning
- Sneezing attacks
- Weight fluctuations of 4-5 lbs. in a day
- Puffiness face, fingers, ankles
- Chronic muscle aches and pains
- Asthma or breathing difficulties
- Eczema, hives, skin rashes
- Depression or crying spells
- Reduced bed wetting in kids – milk formulas or sweets
- Joint swelling
- Mouth or throat itches
- Chronic lymph glands swollen in throat – tonsils
- Sweat for no reason or hot flushes
- Kids throw off covers or won’t stay in their pyjamas
- Irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon or colitis
- Jitters, depression, ill feelings or anti-depressants
- Strong food cravings
- Mucous stools
- Pulse races after certain foods
- Recurring minor complaints
- Feel best when don’t eat
- Hyperactive kids
- Abdominal pain after eating
- Alternating diarrhoea and constipation
Other health conditions can cause these symptoms as well, so alone they do not imply a definite food allergy.
Typically a response to a particular food is thought to start if your body has difficulty digesting it – for example it is thought many people over 30 years old lose their ability to digest dairy products, if they were able to do so before.
If this is then associated with a local inflammation in the gut, which may result in the breakdown in the natural barrier of the gut wall, partially digested food particles can start to leave the gut (leaky gut). The immune system is programmed to attack particles over a certain size, assuming them to be a pathogenic invader. This then results in an immune response whenever the body encounters this kind of particle in the gut and elsewhere in the body. Repeated exposure primes the immune system which then becomes sensitised and some of the symptoms described above can occur.
What Can Be Done About Food Allergies?
First you need to identify you are likely to have an allergy and then find out what it is.
The most scientifically recognised method is food allergy testing. Generally you want to have an IgG test. The IgG response occurs for upto 5 days after you’ve eaten something you’re allergic to. Some test IgE – however this lasts only for 24 hours after being exposed and is often considered a less reliable test to find out what foods you’re having problems with. Usually these tests are a few hundred pounds, so they might not suit everyone’s needs.
A more controversial approach from a scientific view is muscle testing. In essence this can be regarded as a neurological taste test. The muscle testing approach is based on the finding that the muscular system seems to weaken slightly if a stress is detected that overloads the nervous system. The procedure is:
- The body is tested to find a strong muscle.
- Some food is placed in the mouth and tasted.
- The muscle strength is re-tested.
An even more controversial approach from a scientific view are the type of test that often appear advertised in health food shops. My interpretation of these is that the body is placed in a weak electrical circuit with different potential food alergens and the machine detects some kind of electrical resistance change. The price of these may vary.
There are a number of self help approaches which may or may not be useful. The traditional approach was an elimination diet for a few weeks, followed by a phased reintroduction of foods. Certainly a change in diet – if symptoms improve – can reveal if there is a problem. Another approach that I have heard about which seems plausible but have not experimented with is to check your self for a change in your pulse rate, when you are exposed to the food.
All of these approaches may suggest you have one or many allergies and this result will affect how you will help yourself.
Different Approaches That Might Be Suggested To Help Yourself If You Have A Food Allergy
Some of the commonest problem foods are: wheat, other grains, dairy, nightshades (potato, tomato, aubergine and pepper), citrus, soya, brassicas and preserved foods.
If you react to one food, then massively reducing your exposure to it might be sufficient. There is some suggestion that complete elimination might not be ideal.
Another approach is to try and assist your digestive system. From a nutritional approach this may be to take the correct enzymes to help you digest your food, or some probiotics to help support your gut. Sometimes simply eating a lot of green leaves with your meals is enough to help digestion. From a psychological approach – the gut is often affected by stress so some kind of relaxation counselling can be beneficial.
If you react to many foods or you’ve found in the past that your symptoms improve for a while when you change your diet, but come back again; it is best to try and help build up the gut wall. From a nutritional approach, a gut support formula such as Total Leaky Gut, which contains various herbs, vitamins and minerals to help the gut wall repair. From a psychological approach- again relaxation councelling can be effective.
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