Allergies

Some people are afflicted with seasonal allergies from pollens and other plants in their surrounding area.  Others are allergic to certain foods or components of foods.  Sometimes people are born with allergies and other times they develop them over time.  In the overall scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter how or when you got allergies, the fact remains that they can make you quite miserable!

Below are the top 8 food allergens.

Obviously, if you are allergic to a particular food item or component of food, you need to avoid it completely if you are anaphylactic, meaning that your allergic reaction is life-threatening.  Sometimes a rotation eating program can help if your allergy is very mild.  This is where you would consume the food only every 4 days.  This can sometimes allow you to enjoy the foods you love while reducing or eliminating reactions from those foods.  Sometimes you can take enzymes to assist your body in dealing with a food that it has a difficult time digesting.  If you suspect a food allergy, you can get a blood test done at some holistic nutritionists which will determine your level of allergy to particular items.  The results will also indicate which foods you need to avoid completely as well as which foods you can enjoy in moderation on a rotational basis.  One thing to note is that allergies can change over time and so it is helpful to have the blood test done periodically to determine if you can go back to eating particular foods.

Another way that you can determine if you are allergic or intolerant to a food is to do an elimination eating protocol where you avoid the food completely for a period of time, often several weeks to several months, depending on the item, and then introduce it back and watch for reactions.  It is helpful to journal what you’re eating during this process to watch for patterns and reactions over time.  Some foods do not cause an immediate reaction, but you can see a pattern emerge when you journal over time.

The different ways in which an allergen can be introduced to the body include:

There are some things that you can do to support your body during allergy season as well as when you have other allergies.  Some of these things include ensuring that your body gets enough of some key nutrients to help support your immune system as well as inhibit the inflammatory response.  These nutrients and some sources for them are in the table below.

Nutrient Source

 

Vitamin C Bell peppers, citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes, leafy greens
Vitamin D Cod liver oil, salmon, tuna, mackerel, and egg yolks
Folate Spinach, asparagus, broccoli, green peas, avocadoes, peanuts, bananas, and oranges
Vitamin E Dark leafy greens, legumes, nuts, brown rice, cornmeal, eggs, and oatmeal
Quercetin Citrus fruits, apples, onions, parsley, red wine, olive oil, grapes, dark cherries, and dark berries
Resveratrol Grape skins, red wine, grape juice, peanuts, and berries
Vitamin B5 Eggs, fish, chicken, cheese, nuts, and potatoes
Essential Fatty Acids Olive oil, nuts, flaxseeds, and fish

Some people use over-the-counter allergy mediations.  The trouble with these is that they just mask the symptoms and do not get to the root cause.  They also become ineffective over time.

Steps that you can take to help eliminate allergies include:

  1. Remove the offending food(s) from your diet.
  2. Keep windows and doors closed, especially at night when trees and plants release pollen, and use an air conditioner.
  3. Increase water consumption and stay away from muco us forming foods such as dairy products.
  4. Preservatives, food colouring, and other chemicals in processed foods are a common trigger for people so avoid these.
  5. Avoid moldy and yeast containing foods such as beer, mushrooms, and aged cheeses.
  6. Work with a holistic nutritionist to determine if you have leaky gut and to begin to heal it.
  7. Take probiotics to help re-establish the beneficial bacteria in your intestinal tract.

If you have enjoyed this information and would like more or if you would like to work with me to find your path for healing, please contact me at tracy@pathsforhealing.com or 613-540-4515.