A food allergy affects over 11 million Americans. An allergic reaction to food or a food ingredient, such as a colouring or preservative, is known as a food allergy. When an allergic food (antigen) provokes an antibody reaction, IgE binds to white blood cells (mast cells and basophils) and releases histamine, causing swelling and inflammation. The majority of food allergy symptoms appear within minutes to hours of eating the meal. A food allergy can cause irritation in the mouth, as well as problems swallowing and breathing. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort might then occur during the digestion of the meal in the stomach and intestines.
When allergens are absorbed and enter the bloodstream, they can cause hives or eczema on the skin, and when they reach the lungs, asthma. Lightheadedness, weakness, and a reduction in blood pressure can occur as allergens pass through the blood vessels. Even if the symptoms are minimal, such as tingling in the mouth and throat or abdominal discomfort, anaphylactic reactions can develop and be serious. If not treated promptly, they can be fatal. Food allergies should be avoided at all costs.
Food intolerances and sensitivities are two further forms of food reactions. These reactions are less severe than food allergies, yet they can still cause people to experience unpleasant symptoms and issues. A food intolerance, such as lactose intolerance, develops when the body is unable to digest a specific meal. A delayed immune response involving immunoglobulin G is known as food sensitivity (IgG).
It may be beneficial to avoid or rotate meals that you are sensitive to. Dietary supplements that assist the body’s capacity to digest or handle food intolerances and sensitivities can be beneficial in taking a natural approach to food allergies. Gut-healing minerals, digestive enzymes, and probiotics are frequently advised. Please contact a health care practitioner before taking any supplement to ensure that it is the proper fit for your needs.
What Does Allergic Reaction Mean?
Food allergy symptoms usually emerge between minutes to two hours of the allergen being consumed. Allergic reactions can include the following:
- tingly or stinging sensation in the mouth flushed skin, or rash
- swelling of the tongue, lip, throat, or face
- abdominal cramps
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- coughing or wheezing
- breathing problems
- consciousness loss
People with a confirmed allergy who develop symptoms while or after consuming food should seek immediate medical attention, and if symptoms worsen, they should visit a local emergency department.
Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially fatal IgE-mediated food allergy that necessitates the use of self-injectable adrenaline. This can cause constricted airways in the lungs, significant blood pressure drops and shock (anaphylactic shock), and asphyxia due to throat enlargement.
When you have an undiagnosed food allergy or sensitivity, your body constantly produces inflammatory responses that can hurt you in a variety of ways. Food sensitivities and allergies are linked to a higher risk of developing:
- persistent discomfort
- nutrition shortages
- mood disturbances
- skin problems
- autoimmune conditions
- cognitive problems
- Disabilities in learning
- migraines and weight gain
- difficulties with the kidneys and gallbladder
Home Remedies for Food Allergies
Boost Stomach Acid
Because there isn’t enough acid in the stomach to adequately break down the food, “foreign” proteins find their way into the body and trigger an immunological reaction. A shortage of hydrochloric acid, for example, can limit the body’s digesting functions. As a result, increasing the amount of acid in your stomach is critical for removing food sensitivities. Many health food stores sell betaine hydrochloride, a supplement that can be taken before and after meals to increase and maintain a healthy amount of stomach acid.
Foods Rich in Vitamin E
Vitamin E is believed to be anti-allergenic and can help strengthen your immune system so it doesn’t mistakenly identify safe proteins as hazardous “foreign” things. Tofu, spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, avocados, shrimp, rainbow trout, olive oil, and broccoli are all high in vitamin E.
Exercise increases circulation, digestion, immune system stimulation, and detoxification, all of which help to reverse and avoid food allergies.
Various yoga asanas have been connected to lowering allergy reactions in the body, as well as the sensitivity of overly sensitive stomachs. Using a skilled yoga instructor, like acupuncture, is typically a better option than attempting them on your own, at least at first.
Omega-3 fatty acids, present in salmon, halibut, haddock, flounder, cod, trout, and red snapper, aid to counteract the body’s capacity to overproduce inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes, which make the body more susceptible to allergies and inflammation.