The numbers are truly shocking. It is estimated well over 35 million people in the US are suffering with food allergies.
One of the fastest growing forms of allergic reactions in the US are food sensitivities and food allergies.
But food allergies and food intolerances are two very different things. A food allergy is an antibody reaction – best described as an immune system response to a food your body sees as a parasite or pathogen. A food intolerance, on the other hand, is an inability to digest a certain food usually caused by an enzyme deficiency. A great example of this is celiac disease which is caused by a sensitivity to gluten, a wheat protein. Over 20% of Americans suffer with celiac disease. Another popular intolerance is lactose intolerance. People who are lactose intolerant may experience cramping, bloating and diarrhea of an allergy reaction, however the symptoms are due to an inability to digest milk sugar due to an enzyme deficiency. Lactose intolerance affects over 30-50 million North Americans, over 75% of African Americans and over 90% of Asian Americans. I don’t recommend anyone ever drink cow milk. But, I believe these numbers speak for themselves when I say that it seems something needs to change in today’s diet… Yes?
So, how do you know if you have food intolerance or food allergy? Well, it is important to know that food allergies may be inherited. Over 3 million children in the US have food allergies. A child is twice as likely to develop food allergies if one parent has them, and four times as likely if both parents have them. Unfortunately, food allergies are common in children. Why? Because many parents are feeding babies meats and commercial dairy foods before 10-12 months of age. Parents. Listen up. Babies do not have the right enzymes to digest these kinds of foods. Feeding a child mother’s breast milk, organic soy milk, or goat’s milk for the first year will avoid food allergies and help a child’s immune system be nice and strong. Did you also know that 90% of food reactions are caused by the protein found in cow’s milk, corn, eggs, peanuts, coffee, wheat, and mushrooms? What’s the problem here? Thing is these foods might seem healthy, but most times they are over treated and heavily sprayed; and in the case of animal products, they are highly injected with antibiotics and hormones.
Here are the 12 signs that indicate you, or your child, may have a food allergy or food intolerance:
1- Do you get headaches that are cyclical accompanied by mental fuzziness or blurred vision after eating?
2- Do you find it a struggle to eat normal amounts of food? Are you nauseous or feel the desire to vomit after eating?
3- Do you suffer with CFIDS – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
4- Do you get watery, itchy eyes; a runny nose, sweating, hives, or heart palpitations after eating?
5- Do you get rashes, puffiness around the eyes, with seating and heart palpitations after eating?
6- Have you noticed unexplained weight gain although your diet has remained the same?
7- Do you experience heartburn, stomach cramps, or gas with severe abdominal swelling after eating?
8- Do you have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), low thyroid (hypothyroidism), or osteoarthritis?
9- Do you have IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, or go back and forth with bouts of constipation and chronic diarrhea?
10- Does your infant suffer with colic?
11- Does your child have constant challenges with congestion and chronic ear infections?
12- Does your child wet the bed? Is your child fussy, irritable, look flushed in the face and ear lobes, or is hyperactive after eating?
If the answers have been yes to 3 or more of these questions, consider you or your child, may be suffering with a sensitivity or allergy to certain food additives or foods.
What to do? Food elimination and natural herbal therapy programs have proven to help sufferers overcome these uncomfortable allergies and sensitivities to regain a healthy, normal life again. Click the following link to find the herbal recommendations located at the end of the article:
‘8 Powerful Natural Helps For Allergies’