This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week, and people all over the country are raising awareness about food allergies and anaphylaxis. It seems like a good time for me to share my thoughts about food allergies.
What Is a Food Allergy?
In my Future Health Now Encyclopedia, I share information I feel is relevant to understand what a food allergy is:
The predominant food allergens recognized by allopathic allergists include eggs, peanuts, nuts, fish, shellfish, and strawberries. In the susceptible individual, these foods create a surge of IgE antibodies that latch onto mast cells causing them to release histamine. A small amount of histamine produces little or no reaction but a large outpouring causes hives, asthma or severe swelling of the throat and face [anaphylaxis]. These instant reactions are easy to spot and most people identify problematic foods early in life. Also, on the list of possible allergies are numerous food additives such as: bisulphites, MSG, aspartame (NutraSweet), food colorings, dyes, and preservatives.
Additionally,[m]any alternative medicine doctors are convinced that food allergies are more widespread than just those that initiate an IgE response. While they may not be defined as food allergies in the strict sense of those defined by modern medicine, people can suffer food reactions or food sensitivities that make it impossible for them to eat certain foods. The discussion on Leaky Gut offers an explanation for the absorption of undigested food molecules through the gastrointestinal lining into the blood stream, creating allergy reactions. These food molecules, in the wrong place at the wrong time, can trigger another type of antibody –called IgG.
IgG antibodies cause delayed reactions in the form of antigen-antibody complexes that travel through the bloodstream and can settle anywhere in the body, producing a myriad of symptoms from headaches to diarrhea.
What Can I Do to Improve Food Allergies?
I suggest a three-pronged approach to improving your wellness in the face of food allergies: (1) the elimination diet (2) food challenge testing, and (3) using the detoxification drink in my Yeast ReSet.
The Elimination Diet
Your organs of digestion and elimination get a well-deserved rest when you eliminate allergens from your diet. Additionally, the inflammation and other responses allergens create subside over time, when you no longer eat them. So, I highly advocate that you eliminate the following from your food plan for at least two weeks (You can use your food diary as a guide as whether you wish to eliminate them longer.):
- processed, dyed, and synthetic food
- dairy products (except high quality, and if available, raw milk kefir and yogurt)
- fried foods
Too, keep a diary of how you feel when you eliminate certain foods. If you feel better without a certain food, then seriously consider eliminating it permanently.
Sample Elimination Diet
The nutritionist who contributed the food plans and recipes to ReSet the Yeast Connection, suggests the following high quality organic, seasonal, local foods for your elimination diet (2 weeks in duration):
- Protein (eggs, chicken, fish, lamb)
- Non-Starchy Vegetables (as many greens as you can eat)
- Almonds (almond milk and flour)
- Coconut Oil (coconut milk and flour)
- Kefir or Yogurt (1 cup a day maximum)
- Bone and Vegetable Broths
Food Challenge Testing
Of course, I would never tell you to eat a food that triggers your allergies. But, if you do want to see if certain foods can be added back to your diet, then our nutritionist suggests that on Monday and Tuesday of Week 3, you add 1/2 cup of winter squash or sweet potatoes to your menu, once that day. See how you feel when you do this and note it in your diary. Then, on Wednesday and Thursday, instead of the winter squash or sweet potatoes, add 1/2 cup of quinoa or other complex carb to your menu, once that day. Again, make notes on how you feel. Continue to test foods every 48 hours until your choices feel good to you.
You can try this with any food to build your menus with the elimination diet as the foundation. Since I am a great believer in feeding your body, I wholeheartedly suggest that you try adding various vegetables, nuts, seeds, lactose-free cheese, high-quality complex carbohydrates (if you eat them), and healthy fats to your food program and continue to avoid foods that often are allergens.
Some people experience flu-like symptoms when they begin to improve their diets. So, I developed a detox drink that I use in both my yeast and weight reset books. This is the drink I use every day:
- 1-3 tsp food grade liquid bentonite clay
- 1-3 tsp fine psyllium husk/seed powder
- 1 tsp Pico Silver
- 4-6 oz of high quality pure water
Then, I follow the detoxification drink with 8 oz of water with a small pinch of sea salt in it.
Drinking this drink on an empty stomach in the morning and waiting at least 30-60 minutes before you eat is ideal. You can also have a second drink at night before you go to sleep, if you need one.
For More Information
You can find Future Health Now Encyclopedia, ReSet the Yeast Connection, and ReSet Your Ideal Weightunder the “Books” tab at https://drcarolyndeanlive.com. These books furnish complimentary information to further your understanding of working with food allergies.
Dr. Carolyn Dean