The Allergy Elimination Diet
This has been a particularly difficult season for allergy suffers. The Allergy Elimination Diet is one I recommed many of my patients who cannot seem to find the source of their issues.
If pollens, dust and dander are not a major source of your allergens, then by removing specific foods from your diet, you have a better sense of what the culprit is and what it is that is triggering the reaction. Even if you have allergies to pollens, dust and/or dander, food may also be an aggravating factor.
Excessive protein may irritate the immune system and keep it in a state of overreactivity. The protein in cow's milk, specifically, is a frequent offender, and for people with a genetic predisposition to allergy it may be a hidden cause. One general treatment strategy, therefore, is to follow a low-protein diet and try to eliminate milk and milk products.
Food allergies can play a major role during childhood. They are related before age 6. You can manipulate an infant's diet and do well in helping their skin. Eggs, orange juice, peanuts, corn and milk have been implicated as aggravators in children. Parents should consult with their physicians about trying elimination diets. In general, these are foods that should not be eliminated. It is only after testing them by, first eliminating them and then re-introducing them back into the diet. Such diets seem to work best in infants less than 2 years old. After age 6, it is believed by experts that food plays a minimal role in most people.
For adults, diet manipulation should be undergone by each individual. If you think there's any food you eat that has an adverse effect on your body, avoid it and see what happens, If your problem clears up,you may have a food allergy.
First, eliminate the food you feel is causing trouble for a two week period.
Second, re-introduce the food (one at a time only) back into your diet for a week. If symptoms start to recur (itchy throat, phlegm, digestive upset, nasal congestion...) you are most likely allergic or have some type of sensitivity to that particular food.
Natural, accurate ways to test for food allergies and food sensitivities that are non-invasive.
1. Take your resting pulse rate for a full 60 seconds.
2. Hold a bit of food that you are testing in your mouth. Do not chew or swallow it, just hold it there.
3. While you have the food in your mouth, take your pulse rate again. If it remains the same, you are most likely not allergic or sensitive to it. If it goes up 3 beats or more, you most likely are either sensitive and/or allergic.and you should follow up with your healthcare provider.
Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
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