Overcoming Food Allergies

Can We Overcome a Food Allergy?

Hello from Jonson H

In another post, I wrote about the psychological aspects of overcvoming a food allergy. Now, let’s look at other ways we might deal with food allergies.

A Survival Guide to Overcome and Recover from a Food Allergy

Selective eating… you are to undergo such a phase when you are allergic to some kinds of food and beverages. A food allergy is the body’s immunologic reaction due to the presence of food protein.

Nowadays, there are several reading materials to help you understand the things you need to know about food allergy. One such example is the book called “5 Years without Food: The Food Allergy Survival Guide: How to Overcome Your Food Allergies and Recover Good Health.” The book gives an  overview of what a food allergy is, as well as the foods which you can or cannot eat. With alternatives. Additionally, you will also learn some necessary food allergy treatment from the book. Furthermore, “a personal testimonial” from the author makes the book credible as it was reviewed by readers.

Aside from the information which can be derived from the book, here are some helpful additional ideas you might want to add in your collection of thoughts.

Commonly, adults are allergic to foods such as eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish and fish. Kids, on the other hand, are inflicted with allergies to peanuts, milk and eggs. If you are aware that you have food allergy, what you need to do is be well-informed about the allergy you have. By doing so, you will be able to overcome and recover from such allergy.

Some more common types of food allergies will be discussed for further reference:

Egg Allergy

An individual afflicted with the said allergy is hypersensitive to foods containing substance from eggs – it may be the white or the yolk. Or both.

For some time, you will be restricted from consuming foods containing eggs. These days, there are egg substitutes which you can use such as tapioca and starch from potatoes. Apple sauce can also be an alternative.

Nut Allergy

People who are oversensitive to tree nuts end up experiencing allergic attacks. Nut allergy should not be interchanged with peanut allergy. It is different from the latter, since tree nuts are considered fruits that are dry.

Types of food prepared from soy nuts are considered to be a good alternative in the absence of tree nuts in your diet. A soy nut is not necessarily a nut; it is a soybean which undergoes the process of soaking and baking to achieve its crisp end result.

Milk Allergy

There are individuals who upon ingestion of proteins from a cow’s milk develop an allergic reaction. When this happens, such individuals are considered to be allergic in milk.

To obtain optimum result from milk allergy treatment, you need to completely avoid milk allergens. In order for you to fill in nutritional gap from milk, you can choose to include soy milk or rice milk in your diet.

Seafood Allergy

If  you are hypersensitive to foods such as shellfish or flaky fishes then you are most likely allergic to seafood.

The only way to avoid allergic attacks is prevention from eating shellfish and fishes which you are allergic into. Moreover, you also need to be careful on selecting pre-packaged foods for its labeling may not declare that it contains seafood ingredients such as shellfish or fish.

There is a reason for you to undergo selective eating. It will make you overcome the allergic reaction which is happening into your system. Moreover, it will help you recover and survive. To some extent, it will help you cease your food allergy. Selective eating may vary. Some food allergies are treated on a short-term; others are not treated in their lifetime.

One final point, is that many people, myself included, are only intolerant to some foods. particularly to such things as wheat and dairy products. People that are intolerant can eat the foods but may have side effects. Weight gain that is hard to lose, for instance. A visit to your doctor may be a wise move if you even suspect that you have some kind of food intolerance.

And go for a walk.

 

 

 



What Causes Food Allergies?

Why Do We Get Food Allergies?

Hello from Jonson H

A few weeks back, I posted a series of articles about how low impact exercise such as walking is a great help for us polder people in maintaining our health. In one of those posts, I included an overview about how food allergies, can and do only show themselves later in life, then have long term effects on how we live our lives from then on.

So I thought I’d add a short series of posts about food allergies.

The Causes

The Cures

The Hidden Allergies – that affect weight

The Symptoms

The Treatments

The Diets

Some Meal Recipes

Right then. Let’s start.

Some Basic Causes of Food Allergies

In simple terms, an allergy takes place when the immune system suddenly has an abnormal response to a certain material that is usually not detrimental to most individuals. Unless those people have allergies. When an allergy is triggered by a substance or allergen, a person’s body recognizes this as a trespasser. So it subsequently releases chemicals to fight off the “trespasser”, causing symptoms that can range from a simple irritation to a fatal reaction that may even lead to death.

Food allergy is a reaction made by our body’s immune system in which antibodies are produced by the body as a result of a negative effect to some foods. Though there are many individuals who claim that they have food allergies, there are only a few who really have certain allergic reactions to food.

Most people confuse food allergy with food intolerance.

Food intolerance and food allergy are both sensitivity reactions to food, but intolerance to certain types of food does not affect the immune system and isn’t really a life threatening incident.

As of the present time, the medical world still has not found any cure for food allergies. Allergy management only involves the prevention of intake of food allergens and some diet modifications.

Looking closely, during an allergic reaction, the body’s immune system releases antibodies, specifically something called immunoglobulin E. Which subsequently causes the production of chemicals like histamine in the process of “protecting” the body. Now, these chemicals are the root cause of symptoms which may include an irritation in the eyes, skin, throat, lungs, and the gastrointestinal organs. These take place whenever the individual is exposed to the allergen.

Any type of food can cause allergic reactions to different types of individuals.

There are eight major foods out there that are often the main culprits of an allergic reaction.

These eight major allergy-causing foods are: fish, soy, milk, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish.

By and large, individuals afflicted with allergies react only to some allergy-causing foods. Sometimes, an allergy to a certain type of food may also cause allergic reaction to foods that may be related with the allergen food. This incidence is known as cross-reaction. For instance, an allergic reaction to wheat may also cause a reaction to rye. Allergy to pollens may subsequently cause an allergy to green apples, hazelnuts, almonds, and peaches. A reaction to goat’s milk may also be associated with an allergy to cow’s milk. And the list goes on and on.

So, I’m going to leave it there. If you want or need more information, please ask your doctor.

Moreover, individuals who have been afflicted with asthma and/or eczema may also be at risk of developing a food allergy. With even a little bad luck, they could probably have a reaction that is more severe than those people who only have food allergy to worry about. This is due to the fact that when an allergy takes place, the person will be under stress. Which then may lead to triggering their asthma and/or eczema thus aggravating the situation.

The intensity of the reaction will depend on some circumstances, like the individual’s sensitivity threshold to the food allergen, amount of eaten food, and the exposure scale the person has to the food.

Although, there is no cure to allergies, self-discipline and vigilance will help you, the allergy-sufferer, to overcome these food problems. There may be some medications out there that alleviate the symptoms, but a consultation to the physician will give you a better understanding to your allergy problems as well as treatment recommendations.

Just be aware that some allergies appear without warning.

The same as asthma may not appear in someone’s life until some time in middle age or later.

Don’t stop Strolling


Do Food Allergies Affect Your Strolls?

Will the fact that you have a food allergy affect daily walks?

Hello from Jonson H

At first glance you may think that, no it won’t. But is that the complete or only answer to this seemingly simple question?

In my opinion, no it’s not.

As I said, at first glance there’s no real connection between a food allergy and a good walk. Yet there are some seemingly tenuous connections that we maybe need to think about.

So let’s take a quick  lok at what food allergies are all about. Then, maybe later, I’ll include a couple of other  posts that dig a bit deeper into them. Because some people havc alllergies that they are completely unaware of. Allergies that impact their lives in ways that they don’t know about either.

Food Allergy Overview and How to Fight It

It can be annoying when you smell the delicious aroma of a meal, only to find out that it has an ingredient to which you are allergic? Ah! The dilemma of every person with a food allergy! It is no fun  watching your family, friends and others  devour food that seems so delicious. And you are forces to sit and watch. Often green with envy. Knowing that eating even a speck of it will bring you completely undone. How often  have you heard someone that the food is  great food, when you haven’t been able to even put it into your mouth. Let alone chew it and swallow it. Sometimes, life is so bloody unfair, isn’t it? You  just can’t bear to admit you are allergic to something in it. So you simply smile as if you knew how it tasted.

Then you lok around, trying to find answers to your own questions. Like what is food allergy? Why me? What are causing these annoying symptoms? What’s happens inside my body during allergic reactions? Will I really die if I eat that? do I want to tempt fate? why do I need to carry an epi-pen with me all the damn time?

Ah! Understanding ones own health condition will better help you accept and overcome whatever’s bothering you.

To start with, food allergy is an unusual reaction to certain type of food allergen. An allergen is the substance or thing that causes the allergic reactions. Exposure to the allergen sets off the alarm in the human immune system which consequently releases antibodies to fight off the invasion of what your body perceives to be  foreign body. A foreign body  that is the food allergen. It then causes the symptoms you would see when you are in a state of allergic reaction.

The aforementioned is just an overview of the whole picture. Looking more closely, allergic reactions undergo two courses of action. The initial course is the release of immunoglobulin E or IgE by the immune system into the blood stream. IgE is a food-specific antibody, and a protein that is the body’s immune defense against the food allergen.

Following the initial response is the attachment of the IgE to what are known as the mast cells. These mast cells are present in body tissues specially locations of the body where allergic reactions are common. These locations may include the lungs, skin, nasal and oral cavities, and the gastrointestinal system.

As for the food itself, you may have noticed that you are not just allergic to one type of food. There are instances that you experience an allergic reaction to oyster and then later you found out that you are also allergic to crabs and other seafoods. This occurrence is what medical professionals call cross-reactivity, wherein an individual can be allergic to closely related or similar types of foods. The seemingly crazy thing is that you can be allergic to shellfish but you will have no problems with tucking into a piece of trout.

The only way to deal with this unfortunate mishap is to try as best as you can to avoid the foods that set off allergic reactions in your body. There is no cure to food allergy but there are medications out there that can alleviate its symptoms. With the help of your doctor, you can be assisted in the ways you can avoid exposures to food allergens. Nutritionists also, may teach you alternative ingredients or foods to replace the food that will have to be eliminated from your diet. Also, you should make it a habit to check food labels for possible ingredients that you may be allergic with. Check with your host or hostess when you are invited somewhere for dinner. The same applies to when you dine out. Do not hesitate to warn the restaurant employees, like the waiter, about your food allergy to prevent any unwanted accidents.

Individuals who are highly allergic are advised to put on medical alert necklaces or bracelets which declare your condition. As for the medications, some patients who are very vulnerable are also advised to bring with them at all times a self-injectible epinephrine or epi-pen as it is sometimes known, which is prescribed by your doctor. These can be of great help during sudden attacks of allergic reactions, before seeking out for the assistance of an emergency team.

Other medications are antihistamines, bronchodilators, and corticosteroids. Antihistamines help improve symptoms of rhinitis, hives, rashes, and gastrointestinal problems. Corticosteroids alleviate the severity of inflammations of the skin and in other areas of the body. While bronchodilators are utilized to open up air passages of the respiratory tract that has become inflamed which would have resulted to breathing difficulties.

To understand more about your food allergies, you should  consult your physician. There are also comprehensive books in the market that can be easily understood by just about anybody that has complete information about food allergies and how to fight it.

Again. I have no knowledge about allergies. But I do have family members who have allergies. And I have an intolerance to some things myself. I’ll probably write a post about food intolerance later.

For now, just know that you are not alone. There are countless others swit allergies like you.

As for your walk, then you should always be careful whe  walking. But enjoy it nonetheless.