Have you felt that you are feeling ten pounds heavier than the previous day? And to top it off, the foods that you used to eat with no trouble at all are suddenly up against you leaving you bloated and gassy?
Don’t get panic stricken! You are not the only one. There are millions of people in the world who suffer from some type of allergy, food sensitivity or intolerance. The most common symptoms associated with it are flatulence, abdominal discomfort, headaches, diarrhea, skin rashes and eczema. And all these are actually caused due to the body being unable to digest the food properly due to lack of correct amounts of specific enzymes to do so. Many sufferers are unaware that there is a difference between intolerance and allergy. However, unlike food allergy, food intolerance is just the incapability of the digestive system to digest specific ingredients in the food. It does not involve your body’s immune system. It is otherwise known as non-allergy food hypersensitivity. Food allergy on the other hand is caused by allergic reactions, where the immune system mistakenly identifies certain foods, especially proteins, as a threat and triggers an allergic reaction by releasing substances called histamines. The allergic reactions caused by histamines may vary from mild to severe, and in worst case scenario may require immediate medical attention. Therefore it is critical that the types of food that you are allergic to be identified and eliminated from the diet completely.
In theory though any food can trigger allergy, proteins are the most common culprit in food allergies. About 90% of food allergies caused is attributed to proteins. Diary products, wheat, rye, barley, eggs, soya, shellfish, fish and nuts in the diet are very often responsible for causing food allergies. Though it is true that these foods are also part of the main food staple worldwide, and is used for making a huge variety of food stuff, they contain specific proteins which trigger an allergic reaction in your body. The reason is not clear as to why some people suddenly develop allergies to certain substances while others do not. But it does seem that stress and a depressed immune system contribute to the severity of allergies.
The best way therefore to avoid food intolerance and allergy is abstinence and living a healthy balanced life. However, when avoiding certain foods from your diet, it can be hard to maintain proper nutrients in your diet as some allergens are also vital sources of macronutrients like protein and fat, and also minerals and vitamins. So you can make up for these losses of nutrients through alternate food supplements. But do keep in mind that every one is unique, so is our body composition, and one should seek a qualified practitioner’s advice before taking supplements. Coupled with this, a healthy physical fitness plan will keep your allergic troubles far away by expelling toxins, reducing stress and boosting the immune system!