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FOOD ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

Did you know…
..that a food allergy symptom could cause you to experience?

  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Eating binges 
  • Food cravings
  • Weight issues
  • Indigestion and bloating after meals
  • Attacks of diarrhea or constipation
  • Chronic sinus congestion and postnasal drainage
     

Here is an important unknown and easy test that may indicate a food allergy symptom to eggs. If you eat a hard boiled egg, Do you…

  • Feel ill?
  • Nauseous?
  • Feel bloated?
  • Have trouble breathing?
  • Experience a mood change?


If you said "yes" to any of these questions, then you may be reacting to a food - resulting in a food allergy symptom.

Of course, any symptom can come from causes other than food sensitivities. However, most people are unaware that these symptoms may be caused by a reaction to a food. Since we tend to eat the same foods day in and day out, we are never off them long enough to recognize the connection of the food initiating the food allergy symptom.

The most common hidden food allergens include:

  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Eggs
  • Table sugar
  • Peanuts or tree nuts


If you read labels of processed food, you will find that all of these foods are often hidden in the foods you are eating. A lot of people think they are avoiding dairy products because they are not eating milk or cheese. However, if you read the label, you will find dairy products in many items including bread. For instance, milk protein is called casein.

Therefore, the label may not say milk, but it may have casein listed as one of the ingredients. Milk and dairy products commonly cause chronic sinus congestion and postnasal drainage and a nagging cough.

So, if you stop drinking all milk and eating cheese and yogurt and the other obvious dairy products but you are still eating the bread with the casein in it, you will most likely still have the symptom.

Even very small amounts of a food hidden in a product you are eating can trigger your food sensitivity reactions and result in a food allergy symptom. The reaction is not related to the quantity of that food you are eating. That is because even small amounts of a food will trigger the abnormal reaction in the immune system that is causing you to have that food allergy symptom.

I also had a lot of different food allergy symptom and food sensitivities at one time and have been able to add certain foods back into my diet.

But my reaction to sugar (table sugar, sucrose) acts just like an addiction. If I eat some, then I want more and more and more and feel worse and worse and worse. In the body food sensitivity reactions act just like alcohol and drug addictions. That is probably because of the way food sensitivities stress the balancing systems of the body. The message here is to pay attention to any food allergy symptom, even if you only suspect a problem.

When you eat a food that you react to and experience a food allergy symptom, it over stimulates the adrenal glands. The adrenals are involved in gearing you up to deal with stress, so they pour out a lot of hormones that make you feel hyperactive. Therefore, initially, when you eat a food, you may be happy-high and feel really good.

However, the body cannot sustain that level of hormones all the time, and so, after four to six hours, you may start feeling:

  • Tired
  • Sluggish
  • Irritable
  • Brain fog
  • Bloating


Often, subconsciously, you know if you eat that food again, you will feel better again and go into the happy-high phase again. The difficultly in identifying a food allergy symptom - it can make you feel good and bad.

Whether you are in the happy-high or in the unhappy, depressed phase of the food addiction cycle, you are overstressing your glands and causing wear and tear on your body.

This food addiction cycle is why some people have to suck on a certain brand of soft drink, coffee, chips, etc all day long.

A reaction to a food will upset your body chemistry and cause you to excrete minerals you really need. Therefore, any food reaction can cause upset mineral balance in the body, as well as:

Digestion: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, belching, passing gas, stomach pain, cramps, heartburn.

Emotions: Mood swings, anxiety, fear, nervousness, anger, irritability, aggressive behavior, depression, binge eating or drinking, cravings for certain foods.

Energy: Fatigue, sluggishness, lethargy, drowsiness, lack of energy, apathy, hyperactivity, restlessness.

Eyes, Nose & Throat: Watery or itchy eyes, blurred or tunnel vision (does not include near or farsightedness), itchy ears, earaches, ear infections, ear drainage, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, sneezing attacks, runny or stuffy nose, excessive mucus formation, hay fever, sinus problems.

Heart & Lungs: Irregular or skipped heartbeat, rapid or pounding heartbeat, chest pain, chest congestion, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing.

Mind: Poor memory, coordination, concentration, mental dullness, lethargy, confusion, inability to make decisions, stuttering, slurred speech, learning disabilities.

Muscles & Joint: Feeling of weakness or tiredness, pain or aches in muscles, pain or aches in joints, arthritis, stiffness or limitation of movement.

Skin: Hives, rashes, dry skin, swollen, reddened, or sticky eyelids, flushing or hot flashes, bags or dark circles under the eyes, excessive sweating, acne, hair loss.

Throat & Mouth: Coughing, gagging, need to clear throat, sore throat, hoarseness, loss of voice, swollen or discolored tongue, gums, or lips, pain or sores on tongue, gums, or lips, canker sores.

Other: Excess weight, overweight, underweight, compulsive eating, faintness, dizziness, frequent illness, frequent or urgent urination, genital itch or discharge, water retention, insomnia, headaches.

Digestive Enzymes for Food Intolerance:
Many people with food allergies have impaired digestion. There are several things you can do to improve your digestion. The most basic is to pay attention to how you eat. Try to be in a relaxed frame of mind when you eat. Chew your food very thoroughly. Chewing breaks the food down into smaller particles that can be acted on more easily by your digestive system, starting in the mouth. When you chew well, you begin the process of starch digestion by mixing the food with the enzyme salivary amylase.
The presence of undigested food in the stool indicates a deficiency in the secretion of hydrochloric acid by the stomach, of digestive enzymes by the pancreas, or both. These deficiencies can be helped by supplementation. Digestive enzymes are available as supplements in several forms. For further details about digestive enzyme supplementation check out Factor Seven: Digestin
 


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