Allergies are often inherited, meaning it can be passed down by parents to their children through genes. But just because you, your spouse, or one of your kids may have food allergy doesn’t mean all of your kids are going to get them. So someone doesn’t normally inherit a specific food allergy, just the risk of getting allergies. Many children have food allergy even if no member of the family is allergic, and those allergic to one thing are likely to be allergic to others.
Someone is likely to have a food allergy if one or both parents are suffering from the same allergy. Although, various other factors can be responsible for the same.
The human genome contains a vast amount of information and data to do with everything about a person, the key lies inadequate research being done so genes can be understood in more detail.
As this field of science expands, becoming relatively new, knowing the connection between the atmosphere and genetics and what it does to the individuals it affects will allow us to expand our awareness of how to avoid, manage and perhaps one day eliminate food allergy/ies that have a detrimental effect on the lives of those who have them.
Other factors linked to Food Allergy include the surrounding environment and lifestyle habits including:
- Exposure to other children with allergies
Although, it is not necessary that these factors definitely cause allergies, and here, an individual lifestyle along with various environmental factors could be responsible.
Symptoms of food allergy include:
- Trouble breathing
- Throat tightness
- Itchy, Watery, or Swollen Eyes
- A drop in blood pressure
- Lightheadedness or Unconsciousness
Allergic reactions may be complex. Occasionally, a person may have a mild reaction that affects only one body system, like skin hives. The response may other times be more serious and affect more than one part of the body. A strong reaction in the past doesn’t mean future reactions are going to be mild.
How the Food Allergy Test is Done?
The diagnosis of food allergies can be as difficult as the actual medical condition. Symptoms of a food allergy may vary from person to person and during each reaction, a single person may not always experience the same symptoms. Allergic reactions to food may influence the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and/or cardiovascular system, and people of different ages can develop food allergies. If a food allergy is suspected, it is highly important to visit an allergist who can determine which food allergy checks to perform, decide whether there is any food reaction and educate you on the treatment of food allergy after the diagnosis is made. Allergists usually do skin checks for the most common food allergens to find the cause of an allergy.
A skin test should work one way or the other:
- A drop of the purified allergen liquid form is dropped onto the skin and a small pricking tool scratches the area.
- This injects a small number of allergens just below the skin This test stings somewhat but is not painful.
If a lump surrounded by a reddish region (like a mosquito bite) appears at the site after about 15 minutes, then the result is positive.
Blood tests, which are less sensitive than skin prick tests, measure the amount of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody detected for the particular food(s). Usually, tests are available within about one or two weeks and are published as a numerical value. While both of these diagnostic tools can indicate an allergy to food, neither is definitive.
Oral food tests can also be done to check whether an individual has outgrown an allergy to the food.
Allergists are professionally trained to help you manage your allergies so that you can live the life you want. Consult an allergist to help diagnose any food allergy that you might be suffering from.
Can Food Allergy be Cured?
Food allergies have become a significant burden of heath as prevalence continues to rise, affecting 6%-13% of the global population. We would never have had to think twice in the usual scheme of things about replenishing the bacteria that help us to digest the food. But since we deal with antibiotic medications and chlorinated water and antibacterial soap, and all these influences in our contemporary lives that I would put together as an ‘ attack on bacteria, if we [good bacteria] don’t replenish, we won’t get nutrients from the food.
Nonetheless, problems include long periods of treatment, high rates of adverse reactions and a lack of desensitization permanence and proven protocols. Adjunctive allergen-specific immunotherapy, vaccination, and non-allergen-specific therapies (eg, monoclonal antibodies) are being studied to overcome such weaknesses. With a variety of surgical therapies, the future of food allergy treatment is promising.
Our forefathers were smart people. They understood that fermented food was the key to healthy digestion and thus a healthy body.
Food Allergy Treatment
Elimination diet after being diagnosed with food allergy many people would like to see a dietitian. When food needs to be removed from one’s diet, it must be done in a way that doesn’t compromise the well-being of the patient.
For example, if the reaction is only to peanuts, and if the person never eats peanuts again there will be no health consequences. Elimination may not simply mean not eating the particular food, it may also include never inhaling, touching it, or eating foods containing traces of it within. Cutlery, crockery, surfaces for cooking, and chopping boards must be allergy-free.
If you are allergic to certain foods then you should take some time out and read food labels carefully. Even certain soaps, pet foods, glues, and adhesives may have traces of an allergic food.
It can be particularly difficult to be careful when dining out.
AVOIDING THE CULPRIT IS NOT THE CURE.
Today I’ll give you three surprising ways to get rid of those food allergies:
1. Eat Homemade Fermented Foods/Beverages
You’ve probably heard of probiotics before. Although probiotic yogurt helps improve your digestion it isn’t superior to store-bought varieties. Two things the body needs: Prebiotics and Probiotics. Without these nutrients, the body will not be able to perform successful digestion.
Probiotics help colonize your gut with essential bacteria whereas Prebiotics help feeds that good bacterium. Together they help you have a superhero system.
Some good sources of probiotics include Natural Yeast/Sourdough Bread, Raw aged cheese, Milk Yogurt, and Milk Kefir, Kombucha, Water Kefir (a.k.a. Homemade Soda Pop), Fermented and cultured vegetables, Fermented condiments and Probiotic supplements.
Some good sources of prebiotics include jicama, Chicory, Endive and dandelion greens, Artichoke, Onions, Asparagus, Garlic, Wheat.
2. Eat Gelatinous Foods
It is equally important to include gelatin fed to wheat. Gelatin protects and seals the mucosal lining of the intestinal tract, which assists in food assimilation. It’s also an easily digestible protein that works as an anti-inflammatory as well. Gelatin is VITAL to heal a damaged gut.
There are a few ways to incorporate gelatin in your diet, such as these:
- With home-made bone broth, you can get gelatin, eat whole-fat meats, and use the drippings to make gravy.
- Gelatin powder with grass may be perfect for adding to other foods.
- Grass-fed gelatin powder also comes in a formula with hydrolysate. An easy way to take gelatin as a daily supplement as it doesn’t congeal in liquid.
Above all, anyone suffering for any food allergy should remember that while it takes time to completely heal and seal your gut, you can notice some benefits fast by incorporating the principles we discussed earlier. Good luck on your gutsy adventures!