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Food Allergies: Here's What You Need to Know!

Posted on May 26, 2017 at 8:05 AM

Are you struggling with food allergies? Have you ever wondered why some people can have a major (or minor) allergic response after eating a certain food, but others can enjoy it with no reaction? Well, here’s what you need to know!


What is an allergy?

The term allergy is actually synonymous with “hypersensitivity reaction”. It is not the body’s inflammation reaction that is changed with allergies, but rather the body’s immune response to a certain stimulus (in this case we’re talking about food) is hypersensitive and exaggerated (Lessard-Rhead 2013).


Why do people get allergies?

The etiology behind allergies is not totally clear, but it is known that people with allergies generally have a variety of factors contributing to the cause, rather than just one. Factors contributing to the development of allergies include (Lessard-Rhead 2013):

  • “Genetic predisposition 
  • In utero exposures (things you were exposed to while in the womb)
  • Biochemical individuality (people have unique chemical composures)
  • Stress or chronic illness
  • A leaky gut” 

 As you can see, a myriad of factors can contribute to the development of allergies. And allergies can develop at any point in one’s life, from infancy to old age.


What does my gut have to do with allergies?

When it comes to food allergies, there is one thing that you must know. If you remember nothing else of this post, remember this: “when food is completely digested, i.e. broken down to the smallest particle that it was designed to break down to, it is basically rendered non-allergic” (Bateson-Koch 1994). Why you ask? Because when these particles pass through the digestive tract and enter the bloodstream, the immune system can recognize them, and it remains happy.

If your intestine is unhealthy and suffering from a condition known as “leaky gut”, then it is more permeable than it should be. This means it will let particles of food pass through before they are completely digested (FYI bad bacteria and toxins can also get through too!) (Bateson-Koch 1994). Your immune system can’t recognize these food particles, because they are not completely broken down. It identifies them as “non-self” and thinks they are foreign invaders. It then launches a full on attack against them, which is why people experience adverse symptoms when they eat a food they are allergic to.


Can I get rid of allergies?

Problems with digestion are just one of the ways that allergies can develop. Two other common causes, which are commonly overlooked in conventional medicine, include the presence of yeasts/molds, as well as parasites (Bateson-Koch 1994).


As you can see, allergies really do require a holistic approach rather than solely an avoidance one. This is why, when you heal the gut, allergies and sensitivities may also fade away. To learn more about finding relief from allergies, contact Harmony in Health today!


References:

Brenda Lessard-Rhead (2013): Nutritional Pathology

Carolee Bateson-Koch (1994): Allergies: Disease in Disguise: How to heal your allergic condition permanently and naturally

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