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Top 7 Home Remedies for Food Allergies

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 23 Mar 2016 - 15:58

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The University of Maryland Medical Center, food allergy is a reaction of the body's immune system to otherwise harmless substances in certain foods. Food allergies are different from food intolerance or toxic reactions. That's because food intolerance does not involve with the immune system. Food allergies can at times cause anaphylactic shock, which is a serious problem, sometimes can be life-threatening.

According to The American Academy of Pediatrics 2013's study, feeding infants solid food could encourage allergies. However, their advice is not to feed solid foods to babies younger than 4 months. The study suggests breastfeeding must be done as long as possible.

Researchers estimate that up to 3 percent of Indians may already have food allergies, most of who are below 40 years. Food allergies cause about 30,000 emergency treatments and 100- 200 deaths every year in the nation. Researchers have found that upto 3 million Indians may have peanut allergy alone. A study conducted by Professor Mahesh PA, Director at Allergy Asthma Associates in Mysore, (India), has found many other foods for allergic reactions  like cucumber,  brinjal, papaya and lady’s finger (okra) causing clinical symptoms in population samples from Mysore and Bangalore.

Foods associated with allergic reaction: According to researchers, foods that are most frequently linked with allergic reactions include:

  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Fish / Shellfish
  • Food colorings
  • Nuts like Peanuts, Tree nuts
  • Milk
  • Coconut
  • Seeds
  • Soybean·     
  • Celery
  • Citrus fruits

Although any food can cause an allergic reaction, proteins seem to be more allergenic as compared to carbohydrates and fats.

Symptoms: Symptoms of food allergy seem to begin after 2 minutes of consuming the food. However, reactions take upto 2 hours to appear, ranging from moderate to severe. The most common symptoms are the following:

  • Swelling of the lips and mouth
  • Hives and skin rash
  • Dermatitis
  • Itching
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Belly cramps
  • Runny nose
  • Itching and watering eyes
  • Chest tightness
  • Sneezing
  • Breathing problems
  • Rapid or irregular breath
  • Dizziness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Throat swelling

Seven effective and safe home remedies for millions of people, who dislike being treated with medicinal side effects, other treatment options, to treat food allergies are:

  • Cutting down allergic foods: This is the best way to deal with food allergies. Maintain a record of all the foods you consume, along with the reactions you experience after every meal. Then, slowly remove those foods from your diet one at a time for upto 14 days and observe any change in reactions by your body. Eliminating the offending allergens in the diet is the best method for food allergy. Allergy-producing foods like eggs, peanuts and milk appear in foods that are not ordinarily linked with them, for instance, peanuts are mostly found in protein supplements, milk in bakery items and eggs are used in some salad dressings.
  • Bananas: Bananas are packed with essential nutrients that are very effective in reducing the symptoms of food allergy. Bananas alleviate stomach discomfort, skin rashes and help modify the body’s metabolism. Hence, consuming bananas helps fight serious allergic reactions.
  • Elevate Stomach Acid: "Foreign" proteins make their way into the body and later cause the immune response. This is because there is no sufficient acid in the stomach to break down the food in the right way. Lack of hydrochloric acid can compromise the digestive capacity of the body and hence improving the acid amounts in your stomach is necessary to avoid food allergies.
    Solution: Betaine Hydrochloride supplement found at health food stores, if consumed pre and post meals helps improve stomach acid levels.
  • Activated Charcoal: Numerous studies have proved the benefits of activated charcoal (AC) in treating food allergies, particularly for those individuals who have celiac disease or those who are gluten sensitive. According to a study published in the Journal for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers mixed peanut (food allergen) protein and activated charcoal in test tubes and swallowed it for examination and found that the activated charcoal hinders offending proteins in the food which the body can’t break down. When the protein is bound to AC, it quickly moves out of the digestive tract instead of remaining in the body. If person suffering from food allergy, consumes food to which he/she is allergic, it is best to take AC immediately when you realize that allergen has been consumed, regardless of the symptoms appearing or not. AC is available at most pharmacies.
    Solution: I
    t is recommended that 500-1040 mg of AC may be consumed with any sweetened juice solution or water for four times each day. Adults can start by consuming 2-3 capsules and repeat until symptoms settle.
  • Carrot and cucumber mixture has anti-allergen ingredients that make it perfect for your food allergy problems. This juice is one of the best methods for treating food allergies, particularly during a breakout. 
  • Castor Oil: Castor oil has been used for eons for improving the strength and resistance of the stomach to certain food items. This oil coats your stomach and alleviates intense effects of any allergic reaction to the food you consume.
    Solution: Add 5 to 10 drops of castor oil in a cup of water and drink it daily in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture is completely safe and free from side effects. It is an excellent way to rejuvenate the immune system responses and the natural balance of the body. The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture recommends the use of acupuncture to deal with food allergies. 

Although these natural home remedies can help deal with your food allergic problems, some allergies can be life-threatening. Hence it is better to consult the doctor.  

 

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