Do you have a food allergy? Most likely you have a food intolerance and don't know it!
By Daniel C Riedel: BA, D.Div, SPN
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Food Allergies are somewhat rare, as only 2% of the population suffer from food allergies. Do you have a food allergy or food intolerance? It may be affecting your ability to lose weight too.
Body Solutions Rx is aware that symptoms usually start within minutes to hours of ingesting the offending food. Symptoms may include a runny nose, sneezing, skin rashes, intestinal discomfort, nausea, eczema and rarely anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction.
What Causes a Food Allergy?
As with pollen and dander allergies, food allergies are caused by the immune system producing increased levels of the antibody IgE. The IgE then starts a reaction on the cellular level in your body that produces histamine and other chemicals that result in allergy symptoms. Sometimes, although rare, the allergic reaction can be life threatening.
What is food intolerance?
Food intolerance is caused by the body not being able to break down or digest a food due to lack of a digestive enzyme. A good example of this is lactose (milk) intolerance. This is where the enzyme lactase is not produced by the body, and the digestive system cannot break down the sugars in products. This may cause diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramping and boating. This is not life threatening, as a food allergy can be.
How do I know if I have food allergies?
If you suspect a food allergy, you can get a skin test for a definitive answer. Also a blood test, called a RAST test, may be ordered, but it may not be as accurate as the skin tests.
Are there foods more lilely to cause allergies?
YES. 90% of all food allergy reactions are due to peanuts, shellfish, and tree nuts. Other common food allergies are eggs, milk, soy, wheat (and wheat gluten), and fish. Any food can potentially cause allergic reactions.
Is there a cure?
Not at this time. The absolute best treatment is to avoid those foods. This can be difficult, especially with soy, wheat and peanut allergies because they are in so many prepared foods. Thorough label reading skills are a must!
What if I accidentally eat a food I am allergic to?
You should have a food allergy actions plan in place provided by an allergy clinic or doctor. This may include oral medications and/or epinephrine (adrenaline) self-injecting pens. If you are unsure of your action plan, ask a doctor immediately!
Will I outgrow my food allergies?
About one third of adults and children become free of their food allergies eventually. People who have experienced food related anaphylaxis to peanuts, shellfish or trea nuts usually do not outgrow those allergies.
For more information, use the following resources:
And of course if you suspect you may have a food allergy, always contact a medical professional for advice and treatment!
Keep in mind that the PRIME fast weight loss protocol does consist of a specific dietary regimen. Substitutions can be considered in cases where a customer may have a food allergy, or has an aversion to some of the items on the menu, like red meat. Body Solutions Rs is here to help all customers who have any of these concerns.
Daniel C Riedel: BA, D.Div, SPN, CEO
Body Solutions Rx LLC