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All-Natural Ways to Identify Your Food Allergies and Eliminate Them
Posted by Erica Montes of

Living with food allergies can be cumbersome. You have to be extra cautious, every time you go out to eat. Even at dinner parties, your hosts are always perplexed about what to make for you. 'Gluten-free' and 'dairy-free' become your favorite words. You play detective all the time, wondering if the soufflé has something you need to be wary of, while the rest gorge on it.

Yes, food allergies can be difficult to manage, especially when you strive hard to eliminate them, but nothing seems to work.

Despite of the hurdles they impose, food allergies need not take over your life. You will be happy to know that you can tackle and eliminate food allergies by making a few changes to your lifestyle. Here's what you can do:

1. Get Tested

If you frequently experience conditions like skin eruptions, rashes, belly pains, vomiting, nausea, etc. after eating, it's time you consider testing for food allergy. Maybe you are eating a few foods that do not agree with your system. Food allergy testing is the first step to overcoming the allergic reactions and intolerance. Once you have received the results and know which foods you are allergic to, consult your dietician and prepare for making a few dietary changes.

2. Avoid and Eliminate Food Triggers Accordingly

If you repeatedly experience a severe reaction to a particular food, avoid it completely. Foods that you create mild or moderate reactions can be eliminated gradually over a period of a few weeks. After a while, reintroduce them again one by one, note your body's response to them, and then progressively incorporate them into your mainstream diet. This elimination and reintroduction process is best performed under the guidance of an expert in the domain of food allergies.

3. Opt for Rotation Diets

To permanently remedy the problem of food allergy, opt for rotation diets. In this form of diet, the main allergens are cycled through the diet every 4-5 days. For example, if you are allergic to milk or wheat, you do not consume these items on a regular basis, but after every fourth or fifth day. This has dual benefits of gradually easing your body to accept trigger foods and not entirely missing out their nutritive value. Rotation diets work best for people with mild food allergies or those who have been diagnosed with it at a later stage in life.

4. Increase and Supplement Digestive Enzymes in the Body

The lack of digestive enzymes is often the cause of food allergy. Enzymes help to breakdown difficult foods and integrate them with the body smoothly. Increase your intake of enzyme-rich foods. Bromelain in pineapple, papain in papaya, amylase in mango and multiple other enzymes present in honey, all help to digest the main types of nutrients our body needs.

5. Opt for Natural Supplements

Certain natural products act as powerful anti-allergens and help in alleviating allergic symptoms, when followed with an allergy-elimination diet. Some of these are quercetin (a bioflavonoid that reduces inflammation in the gut), milk thistle (an herbal medicine that protects and restores liver function) and insulin (a vegetable fiber that promotes the growth of good bacteria in the gut).

6. Boost Acid Content in Your Stomach

Food allergy occurs due to several complex processes that go on within the body. One such process is the inadequate production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. When there is inadequate hydrochloric acid in the stomach, foreign protein molecules from food cannot be broken down properly, which triggers an allergic reaction. Most are able to address and rectify this situation by taking one or two betaine hydrochloride tablets after meals regularly. These tablets are easily available at all health food stores. It is always advised to consult your doctor prior to taking any medicine.

7. Infuse Your Diet with These Non Allergenic Foods

These foods are least likely to cause allergies and are great sources of nutrition. You must make them a part of your diet. Include lots of green leafy vegetables as they are non-allergenic and provide nourishment. Because younger children are highly susceptible to allergies, feeding them mother's milk is the best way to keep them healthy.

If you are suffering from food allergy, you probably already know that getting sufficient protein for your body is a challenge. Chicken can come to the rescue in such a case. Most people don't react to chicken, which it makes a great source of non-allergenic protein. Also, consuming bone broth made from beef and chicken stock can be a good way to heal a leaky gut. It adds the necessary amino acids and minerals in the intestines to recover from a food allergy.

To Conclude

Allergies have become much more commonplace today than they were earlier. In children, food allergies cross-react with other diseases. When children suffer from food allergies, they are much more likely to have other conditions like asthma, and hay fever as well. On the other hand, food sensitivity is becoming common in adults. In certain conditions, people outgrow their food allergies, but these sensitivities can return anytime. The above tips will help you eliminate and control your food allergies and prevent conditions such as abdominal bloating, cramps, and diarrhea that accompany them.

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