A food allergy is an inflammatory response to the normal harmless products or food ingredients which are called allergens. Any type of food may contain a lot of allergens. As a rule, proteins appear as these irritants, but fats and carbohydrates also can be such allergens. Food allergies happen when the organism perceives harmless proteins (or other allergens) as an infected agent and the body’s immune system produces antibodies that exceed the norm.
Food allergies occur not so often as food intolerances. Mainly, the cause of an allergy to food is heredity. Food allergies among children develop during the first years of life and then they outgrow it safely. Among the adults suffering from food allergies, almost 80 percent have the food intolerance. If the immune system isn’t involved in the process of fighting with the allergen, it isn’t a food allergy, it’s a food intolerance.
The food allergy symptoms can appear in a few minutes after eating the food you’re allergic to, or even in several hours. The food sensitivity may cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, itch, hives, eczema, and flushed skin. Some people can have a runny nose, sneezing or a cough.
It happens when along with the common food allergy the cross-reactivity occurs. For example, if people have an allergic reaction to strawberries, eventually they can become allergic to other berries such as gooseberries, cherries or currants. Also, the people who have a shrimp allergy can become sensitive to crabs over time.
Practically, every product can cause the allergy but the most widespread allergens are cow’s milk, eggs, fish, wheat, mollusks, soy and nuts (especially peanuts).
Nowadays more and more people prefer a natural approach to treating the food allergy, as the medical remedies can be aggressive and they certainly have a side effect. The natural treatment can help not only to relieve the symptoms of the allergy, but it also can prevent the allergic reaction from occurring in the first place.
Natural Ways How to Prevent and Treat Food Allergies
First of all, if you’re allergic, one of your parents have the allergy to the food. If the symptoms of food allergy start appearing, the best way will be to avoid all potentially allergenic foods for a period of time (usually for two or three weeks). This method is an effective one, as you feel better after avoiding the allergenic food without a medical cure.
Lime is a citrus fruit and its juice is very useful if you have food sensitivities. Lime juice mixed with honey and water can work as a powerful detoxifying substance. Drink this mixture for a few weeks and it can eliminate toxins from your body. This special drink can influence the sort of toxins that can confuse your body’s immune system and cause the problems with your protein digestion.
Food Rich in Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a strong anti-allergenic component and it boosts the immune system strength. The foods rich in this important vitamin such as spinach, sunflower seeds, tofu, broccoli, olive oil, avocados, almonds, and rainbow trout, do not falsely recognize acceptable proteins as irritant substances. Eat such products regularly to prevent any allergic reactions.
A mixture of Carrot and Cucumber Juice
This drink is known as a very effective treatment for different food allergies, as both these vegetable juices contain anti-allergenic components, and help to relieve food allergy symptoms like watery or itchy eyes, sneezing and runny nose very quickly.
One of the useful herbal ways to treat and prevent food allergies is butterbur. This herb can relieve abdominal pain, facilitate breathing and stop coughing.
Acupuncture belongs to the alternative healing. It is a very effective way to restore the natural balance of the body, regulate metabolic functions and strengthen the immune system. The best thing in using acupuncture is that there are no side effects in contrast to the medical treatment.