Many people do not realize that they have a food allergy which is causing inflammation in their body. This inflammation leads to colds, arthritis, diabetes, immune disorders and heart disease. So, take a moment and see if you may have an allergy to the foods you eat.
An allergic reaction can result in itching or swelling in and around the mouth or your joints, and in severe cases cause anaphylactic shock. You may experience hives, eczema, hoarse voice, wheezing, abdominal pain or runny nose after eating certain foods. Your face may immediately flush after eating these foods or or you may not have a reaction until the next day.
The problem lies in the protein structure of the food. Your body is not able to metabolize these particular proteins. The body tags them as invaders and sends white bloods cells after them to destroy them and remove them from your system. Not to worry, there are many sources of protein out there. Just find the one that works best for you! Your blood type and ancestry can give you clues as to what proteins you need to eat and what proteins to avoid.
How do you find out if you are allergic to certain foods? You can have a test done by your doctor, but it can be expensive. You can also stop eating one of the foods for 2-3 weeks. After the time has passed try the food again and take notice of how you feel. Do you notice a tingle in your mouth? Do you feel a pain in your stomach? Do you notice your fingers have swollen the next day? All of these are signs of a sensitivity or allergy. Then, avoid these foods if you notice signs of being allergic.
1. Tree nuts. Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, and walnuts are included in this category. Most people can easily tell when they are allergic to nuts. A common response is an itching in the mouth after eating the nuts.
2. Soy. Soybeans are a legume like the peanut. If you find you are sensitive to soy, be aware it is used as an additive in many sauces and prepared foods so be sure to read the labels! (Ex. Worcestershire sauce, natural and artificial flavorings, vegetable broths and starches, and most Asian foods. Certain brands of cereal and peanut butter also contain soy.)
3. Peanuts. These are the leading cause of severe allergic reactions to food, including food-related anaphylaxis.
4. Fish. Salmon, tuna and halibut are the most common fish people are allergic to. You may also find fish in Caesar salad dressing, Worcestershire sauce, Bouillabaisse, Imitation or artificial fish or shellfish, Barbecue sauce and other prepared foods.
5. Shellfish. Prawns, shrimp, crayfish or crawfish, lobster, or crab. Some people cannot even touch a shellfish without immediately swelling up.
6. Eggs. The whites, in particular, cause allergic reactions. Do you feel congested or tired after eating eggs? You may have an egg allergy.
7. Cow’s milk. The principal culprits are the proteins found in milk, such as lactoglobulin, lactalbumin, casein, and whey. "Approximately 75% of the world's population loses the ability to completely digest a physiological dose of lactose after infancy." * Very few adults can eat milk and milk products including milk chocolate, ice cream, cream, cheese and butter without digestive issues.
8. Wheat. A wheat allergy is separate from a gluten sensitivity. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and other grains that provides the ‘glue’ that holds the grain together. Those allergic to wheat can eat other glutenous grains without a problem. Those with gluten sensitivity cannot eat other glutenous grains without digestive issues. Does your face flush or you get congested when you drink a beer? You may be allergic to the wheat.
Take charge of your health and see if you are allergic to certain foods. Work with your doctor and get healthy!