4 Common Food Allergies that Could be Damaging Your Health

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We cannot be sure what has actually led to the increase of food allergies and intolerances, but many attribute it to global warming, the overuse of antibiotics and the careless and dangerous use of pesticides and fertilizers. While one may feel that allergies have always been present, the rise in allergies is striking, with many people not realizing that allergies are causing them to feel unwell, physically sick, depressed, or preventing them from losing weight.

When a person has a food allergy, it can be even more severe. The reaction to certain foods causes your immune system to go into a panic state, releasing immunoglobulin by the truckload. This is an antibody which releases histamine, causing swelling in the body and the need to release what appears to be toxic. This is why people with food allergies and intolerances experience swelling of the throat and/or diarrhea.

Here is a simple guide to allergies and food intolerances to give you a quick overview of what may be affecting your body.

Histamine and Other Vasoactive Amines

preview-full-Yaneff_Gluten-Intolerance_210117When people have a deficiency of the enzyme diamine oxidase, people who eat foods containing vasoactive amines will experience allergy-like symptoms. These can include headaches, flushing, itching, rashes, nasal congestion, swelling, gut issues, vomiting, and an irregular heartbeat. The symptoms can last up to 30 minutes. Foods that are high in these include tree nuts and peanuts, cured meats, tuna, coffee, chocolate, wine, beer, tomatoes, certain cheeses, and tangerines. Taking antihistamines can help the symptoms.

Gluten Intolerance

Gluten comes from wheat and can cause a variation of issues from immediate and delayed allergic reactions to Coeliac Disease. When the reaction is immediate, it is due to the production of immunoglobulins, which can cause hives, swelling, and anaphylaxis, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Delayed reactions do not involve immunoglobins, however, symptoms can be the same just at a later stage. Coeliac Disease is a reaction that damages the lining of the small bowel. This reduces the ability for the gut to absorb nutrients, which can cause a myriad of symptoms, such as all those listed above plus joint pain, hair loss, anemia, and infertility.

Alcohol allergies

While these are pretty rare, some people are allergic to some alcohols (usually not all of them). This is because some alcohol contains histamine, which causes the body to swell and to want to evacuate its contents. It can cause headaches, flushing, and even asthma attacks. Alternatively, some people are allergic to the yeast in the product, which explains why some people are allergic to beer (poor people!). Sulfites, usually contained in wine, must be listed on products as it is one of the 14 main allergens. It can cause people with asthma to go into a full attack. Equally, some of the additives in alcohol can trigger asthma and urticaria, while some people are allergic to the fruits which are used in the alcohol making process.

Yeast Intolerance

preview-full-bread-(gluten)A yeast intolerance is different to a gluten intolerance but can lead to similar symptoms as the body causes an inflammatory reaction to the proteins in yeast. Unfortunately, yeast is in everything from beer to bread to fermented foods being dusted on dentists gloves! Allergies can be set off by a build-up of yeast from an infection.

One of the best ways to combat allergies is to ensure that your immune system is healthy, so it can fight off any allergies you may develop later in life. Getting the vitamins and minerals you need will help this so try taking Ultimate Man Once a Day!