Thursday, August 25, 2011
Gluten- free, wheat free, dairy free, soy free, nuts free... When you shop at a health store or even now at a supermarket you will see many products available for people who cannot have certain foods. They are everywhere and I am sure there weren't much of those available only a few years back.
So does that mean more people are affected by food sensitivities more now than before?
Apparently food sensitivities affect more than half of the population, diagnosed or undiagnosed. Many are not aware because there are so many symptoms that can be caused by them.
The Most common sign is chronic fatigue but other symptoms include food addictions, cravings, swollen lymph glands, chronic infections, puffiness under the eyes, chronic diarrhea, intestinal malabsorption, irritable bowel, catch colds easily, eczema, psoriasis, migraine headaches, hyperactivity, ear infections......the list goes on and on.
Any food can cause adverse reactions but the main ones are dairy products, eggs, nuts, chocolate, caffeine and cereal products.
Is there anything that we can do to avoid having the food sensitivities?
there are plenty.
The foods most likely to trigger reactions are those eaten most frequently. Explore different foods that you don't normally eat. You can also try rotation diet
If your food sensitivities are caused by weak digestive system, it is important to strengthen it. You may try to supplement with inadequate levels of digestive enzymes.
Check your thyroid glad is working efficiently because most people with food allergies also have low thyroid functions
Adrenal support is important as many allergies are more pronounced under conditions of stress.
Consume organic foods to reduce the body's exposure to potential pollutants and to increase one's intake of vital nutrients.