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Food Allergies

Immediate Food Allergies (IgE)

Food allergies are an abnormal immune system reaction to food. The most widely known food allergies are Immediate Food Allergies (IgE), also known as Type 1 toxic reactions. These are typically easy to identify, with immediate and obvious reactions. As each person’s body chemistry is different, IgE reactions vary, possibly producing skin reactions, digestive problems, or even anaphylactic shock. Type I food allergies occur most commonly in children, but occasionally display in adults as well. The most common allergies include:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Hen’s eggs
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Tree nuts
  • Soybeans
  • Wheat

If you are suffering from an immediate food allergy, your body will display a change in IgE levels, which can be easily identified by a simple blood or skin test. Here is a list of additional commonalities in relation to immediate food allergies:

  • Generally, only one or two foods cause allergic symptoms.
  • Even trace amounts of the food can trigger an intense allergic reaction, up to and including anaphylaxis, which is fatal reaction that can occur within minutes of exposure.
  • Allergic symptoms commonly appear two hours or less after consumption of offending foods.
  • Primarily affects the skin, airway and digestive tract.
  • Commonly a permanent, fixed food allergy.
  • Except with infants and young children, the offending food is most often self-diagnosed.

Anaphylactic Shock

A tingling sensation, itching, or a metallic taste in the mouth often precedes an anaphylactic shock. It is important that if you think you are experiencing an anaphylactic shock to see a doctor right away. Symptoms can worsen over several hours, and anaphylaxis can lead to death. Other symptoms of anaphylactic shock include:

  • Hives
  • Sensation of warmth
  • Wheezing or other difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Swelling of the mouth and throat area
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramping
  • A drop in blood pressure
  • Loss of consciousness

Food Sensitivities or Delayed Onset Food Allergies (IgG)

Unlike Immediate Food Allergies, the symptoms of Delayed Onset Food Allergies will begin to display after a few hours or days. These are food sensitivities, also known as Type 2 toxic reactions. In the case of delayed onset food allergies, it is very difficult to judge which foods cause which reactions and when, without a laboratory test to identify the problematic foods.

Symptoms of Delayed Onset Food Allergy or food sensitivities include:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Asthma
  • Bowel problems such as colitis, diarrhea, or constipation
  • Canker sores
  • Chronic headaches (migraines)
  • Chronic indigestion or heartburn
  • Chronic respiratory symptoms such as wheezing or bronchitis
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Failure to thrive
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Joint pain or arthritic-like symptoms
  • Migraine
  • Nocturnal enuresis (bed-wetting)
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent abdominal pain (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Skin problems
  • Sinusitis
  • Yeast infections

Food Allergy Testing

For the Immediate Food Allergy (IgE), there are two food allergy tests that people can take to help them make a proper diagnosis:

  • Skin test. A skin prick test can determine your reaction to particular foods. In this test, small amounts of suspected foods are placed on the skin of your forearm or back. Your skin is then pricked with a needle, to allow a tiny amount of the substance beneath your skin to surface. If you’re allergic to a particular substance being tested, you develop a raised bump or reaction.
  • Blood test. A blood test can measure your immune system’s response to particular foods by assessing the amount of allergy-type antibodies in your bloodstream, known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. A blood sample is then sent to a medical laboratory, where different foods can be tested.

For the Delayed Food Allergy (IgG), there is one primary test that you are recommended to take:

  • ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test analyzes IgG Food Antibody Profile measures levels of IgG antibodies for commonly offending foods. It clearly identifies those foods that may be causing health problems, helping to achieve positive outcomes sooner, even when combined with elimination/provocation testing.

The first and most important thing to understand about food allergies is that laboratory testing is important. Especially with delayed onset food allergies, self-diagnosing is nearly impossible. You need to get the laboratory testing done so that you know what the real culprit is behind your health problems and how to address that allergy.

Causes of Food Sensitivities

One of the most common causes of food sensitivities is Leaky Gut, caused by stress and inflammation. The greatest source of inflammation comes from a poor diet. Snack and “comfort” foods produce an acidic environment.

Acidity = Inflammation
Inflammation = Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal Fatigue=Leaky Gut
Leaky Gut=Food Allergies

Hyperpermeability (Leaky Gut) is thought to be a contributing factor in the development of food sensitivities. The resulting immune activation, hepatic dysfunction, and pancreatic insufficiency set up a vicious cycle. Leaky Gut/Intestinal Permeability is often overlooked.

Testing for Leaky Gut

Take an Intestinal Permeability Test. These tests will check for intestinal leaking. It is a simple urine test you collect at home, and then send in to the lab.

Helpful Digestive Supplements

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA fight inflammatory processes that drive degenerative joint, circulatory, digestive, and brain diseases.
  • Adrenal Fatigue Formulas help to reduce the negative effects of stress and fatigue and may aid in stimulating the body´s immune system.
  • G.I. Integrity supports gut integrity, promotes a healthy mucosal lining, stimulates immune defense and helps neutralize free radicals for healthy GI comfort and function.
  • Fiber Supplements help keep intestinal lining healthy

 

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