A diet that is too rich in simple sugars causes blood sugar levels to fluctuate dramatically. Shortly after ingesting simple sugars the level rises sharply, resulting in a condition known as hyperglycemia. This triggers the release of insulin, which lowers blood sugar levels, resulting in hypoglycemia, and a renewed craving for more sugar.
This vicious circle may be a cause of food allergies, the result of the fermentation of excess sugars in the intestines.
Many people are allergic to various foods like peanuts, chocolate, eggs, celery, fish, rice, seafood, etc. Symptoms of a food allergy include:
– burning sensations
– vomiting accompanied by diarrhoea
– respiratory problems
– sudden drop in blood pressure
– suffocation 10% to 20% of the general population suffer from some type of food allergy.
Strangely enough, many people are allergic to the foods they crave the most. Don’t be surprised to see your skin turn red and start itching after eating only a dozen peanuts, even though you’ve been eating them all your life (peanuts are the third most common food allergen).
If a food protein enters the bloodstream without being properly digested, your immune system will produce antibodies designed to attack that particular protein every time it enters your system. As you may know, ingesting too much sugar inhibits digestion.
Antibodies trigger the release of histamines, which in turn cause gastrointestinal, respiratory and skin problems. These kinds of reactions can occur from a few minutes to up to five hours after absorbing the food in question (or allergen).
Once it detects a potential aggressor, in this case a protein, your body reacts in an extreme way every time the same substance enters your organism, mobilizing your entire immune system in an attempt to destroy the allergen.
Various fruits and vegetables (especially when eaten fresh) can trigger an allergic reaction, notably celery, parsley, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries and exotic fruits like kiwis.
Sometimes the list of foods you are allergic to keeps growing, even though you do your best to avoid foods that cause a reaction. In addition, symptoms can worsen over time, as attacks of asthma or eczema become more prolonged and intense.
In some cases a simple solution consists of dramatically cutting down on the amount of simple sugars you absorb. Doing so often alleviates symptoms, and can even eliminate the problem completely.
Manganese can also help fight food allergies. A deficiency of this mineral often aggravates existing allergies.
Dairy products and products containing gluten can, in some cases, trigger allergies that cause inflammation of the mucous membranes, notably ear, nose and throat infections, and digestive or skin problems.
Allergies and Hi-Tech Foods
Many of the new hi-tech packaged foods appearing on the market these days contain chemical additives and synthetic ingredients.
For example, one easy-to-prepare creamed mushroom mix contains only 3.1% real mushrooms. The rest is composed of an ingenious chemical solution that tastes like mushrooms, but makes no guarantees as to how healthy it might or might not be.
A well known orange-pulp soft drink contains only 2% pulp and 12% orange juice.
The eggs you buy may have been produced by chickens who are fed antibiotics, medication, and other substances designed to protect them against disease. Fish farm products can easily become contaminated by antibiotics and antiseptics.
If you have a food allergy problem, it would be a good idea to avoid ingesting chemical additives and/or synthetic foods as much as possible. The best way to do that is to take the time to find out where your food comes from, and to buy the most natural products available, even if they are slightly more expensive.
– green leafy vegetables
– black radish
Foods to avoid
– soft drinks
– dried fruit