22 Sep 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Dr. Timothy Moore
Food allergies are common and often not suspected as culprits of serious health problems. Millions of Americans are being misled and wonder why they can’t maintain a good quality life. Hence, before you gulp down medication for your existing health problems, find out for sure if you have a food allergy, and then find a way to get rid of it.
The kinds of food we eat can become a double-edge sword: Food is necessary for survival, but then sometimes certain foods we eat can cause inflammation of the autoimmune system, and problems such as sluggishness, tiredness, irritability, weight gain, weight loss, irregular bowel movement, skin rashes, and a host of other ailments.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) uses a standard guideline for what it considers as healthy food choices. In my opinion, the standard first used by the USDA did not provide a healthy and balanced diet for Americans until recently, when the food pyramid was changed to reflect a more appropriate and balanced nutritional diet.
A balanced diet is one of the major weapons for controlling food allergies. You may be surprised to know that almost any health problem – from dark circles under the eyes, uncontrolled bladder, acid reflux, the common cold, and even cancer – can be triggered by food allergies or food intolerance.
According to the experts, a food allergy is “an abnormal response to food that is eaten or touched that triggers a reaction in the immune system and causes unpleasant symptoms, sometimes serious.” When this occurs, you may find yourself with a sore throat, itchy skin, Raynaud’s disease (a disorder of the blood vessels that supplies blood to the skin), itchy eyes, gastrointestinal issues, diarrhea, cramping, shortness of breath, and low blood pressure.
Severe food allergies can be life-threatening; many people have died as a result. If the body were an automobile with sensors to inform us when something is wrong, we would correct the problem right away to ensure safe travel. Our body also has internal sensors that warn us when something is wrong. We have to listen and correct the problem right away to ensure a healthy outcome.
The most common and best-known food allergens are shellfish, soy, eggs, tomatoes, wheat, milk, and peanuts. Diet and lifestyle improvements are major weapons against allergies. A healthy diet can arrest an allergic reaction and cause the body to heal itself.
Another reason why food allergies are at an all-time high is because most food is overgrown and genetically modified from its original form. Modification thus breaks down the molecules and deprives the food of any nutritional value. In turn, the body rejects it as a foreign or unknown substance just like the body would reject a transplanted organ.
Let me make a suggestion: If you want to rid your body of allergens, you’d need to stop eating food that you suspect is making you feel bad and causing your intolerance. You’d need to cut out sugar, wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, and any other food that you think may be the culprit. Give yourself at least two weeks to determine if one of the above foods is causing the allergy. If this fails, then get a food allergy test performed.
I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again: You must change your lifestyle if you want to regain your health. Try the food test for three weeks and see if you can pinpoint the problem. You’d be surprised and radiate with joy if you find the culprit. You won’t need a batch of medicine to correct the problem, either. Just eat healthy!