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Food Allergy

Naturopathic Causes & Treatment of Food Allergy

food allergiesFood allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body's immune system. In adults, the foods that most often trigger allergic reactions include fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts, such as walnuts. Problem foods for children can include eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat. It is generally accepted that the prevalence of food allergy has been increasing in recent decades, particularly in westernised countries, such as the UK, United States and Australia. Recent reports that children of East Asian or African ethnicity who are raised in a western environment (Australia and United States respectively) have an increased risk of developing food allergy compared with resident Caucasian children suggest that food allergy might also increase across Asian and African countries as their economies grow and populations adopt a more westernised modern lifestyle. 

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Food Allergy & Food Intolerance Explained

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Recently there has been a lot of media attention on the rapid increase in food allergy and everyone nowadays is gluten free, lactose free, vegan, late soy dandies. Unfortunately many undertrained nutritional therapists are (deservedly) getting a bad rap for restricting people’s diets to the point that patients are becoming underweight or even worse, developing an eating disorder known as orthorexia. Much of this occurs because of incorrectly diagnosed food allergy and intolerance. The only way to diagnose food allergy or intolerance is to conduct a low reactive diet and oral food challenge. This is the Gold Standard Test

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Salicylate Sensitivity Food List

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Salicylate sensitivity, also known as salicylate intolerance, is any adverse effect that occurs when a usual amount of salicylate is ingested. People with salicylate intolerance are unable to consume a normal amount of salicylate without adverse effects. Salicylates are derivatives of salicylic acid that occur naturally in plants and serve as a natural immune hormone and preservative, protecting the plants against diseases, insects, fungi, and harmful bacteria. Salicylates can also be found in many medications, perfumes and preservatives. Both natural and synthetic salicylates can cause health problems in anyone when consumed in large doses. But for those who are salicylate intolerant, even small doses of salicylate can cause adverse reactions.

Please consult a naturopath or your doctor before taking natural remedies if you are on medication or if symptoms persist. Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu. Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.

Histamine Containing & Releasing Foods

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Histamine is a compound found in all cells of the body and is a natural component of many foods. It is an important component of the immune and neurologic systems and is involved in the process of inflammation. Histamine causes a variety of symptoms depending on where it is released and what receptors it binds to. Some food contain histamine and some foods causes histamine to be released and may need to be addressed in your diet. Seek professional help with this one.

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