Food allergies are those types of allergies that are triggered by contact or the ingestion of certain foods. Unfortunately, not all people can eat all types of food, as there are individuals who develop negative reactions resulting in skin rashes, gastrointestinal problems and in the worst case allergic shock.
What are food allergies?
We mean food allergy, when it appears and disappears quickly, manifesting itself with skin rashes, which can also be on the face, as from food dermatitis and possible blisters due to the allergy itself, sometimes, however, it could also be an intolerance or an intoxication. There is a significant difference between the three, because the same allergy is the one that activates the immune system due to the presence of an allergen inside the food, which triggers reactions. In fact, the body produces antibodies, which release chemicals, which cause allergic symptoms such as:
•itch;
•cold;
•cough;
• little breathing.
Of these allergies only 2% of adults are affected. While, with food intolerance we mean a problem due to the metabolism, for which it is enough to stop the intake of a certain food and there will be no complications, which is not possible with an allergy, because it remains forever.
What are the symptoms of an allergy?
The symptoms of allergy that derives from a food can be various and manifest themselves immediately after ingestion, they are:
• Respirators: therefore with rhinitis, asthma, cough, sneeze;
• Cutaneous: then hives, rash, eczema, swelling;
• Gastrointestinal: hence diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cramps;
• Systemic: Anaphylactic shock, usually occurs after a few minutes.
What test to do to prevent an allergy?
In order to avoid looming in a possible allergy, it is advisable to do some tests, so as to anticipate the problem. These tests are:
• The prick test: it is done by injecting an extract of a certain food into the skin of the arm: if a reaction appears, then it could be allergy, but it is not 100% reliable;
• An exclusion diet: the presumed food to which one is allergic is eliminated and if after a certain time the symptoms disappear, it can be gradually reintroduced;
• The RAST test: blood samples of the allergic individual are mixed in a test tube with food extracts in order to check whether the blood produces antibodies to fight the protein;
• The double-blind test with the placebo control: it is done by eating a food, where the allergen is inside and the reaction occurs.
Food allergies: which are the most allergic foods
The foods that will be able to provoke this type of reactions more easily are mostly:
• milk and dairy products;
• soy;
• crustaceans;
• wheat;
•the eggs;
•strawberries;
•tomatoes;
• dried fruit;
• citrus fruits.
The symptoms that appear are mostly gastrointestinal, so there may be nausea, vomiting, bloating and abdominal pain, while in other cases also skin rashes and headaches.
What are the natural remedies for allergies?
effective in order to purify the body we find:
• Licorice, which is used to detoxify the digestive system itself and the intestine;
• Chamomile, with anti-inflammatory properties;
• Echinacea, which serves to strengthen the immune system;
• Aloe vera juice, useful for detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and stimulating the immune system;
• Royal jelly, which is rich in vitamin B5, thus helps the body to be able to defend itself from the attack of allergens.
These are excellent natural remedies to treat food allergies, but it is always good to ask your herbalist for advice and, above all, ask your homeopath for advice, who will be able to show you the products suitable for you.