Food Allergy

Naturopathic Causes & Treatment of Food Allergy

food allergiesFood allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body's immune system. In adults, the foods that most often trigger allergic reactions include fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts, such as walnuts. Problem foods for children can include eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat. It is generally accepted that the prevalence of food allergy has been increasing in recent decades, particularly in westernised countries, such as the UK, United States and Australia. Recent reports that children of East Asian or African ethnicity who are raised in a western environment (Australia and United States respectively) have an increased risk of developing food allergy compared with resident Caucasian children suggest that food allergy might also increase across Asian and African countries as their economies grow and populations adopt a more westernised modern lifestyle. 

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Histamine Containing & Releasing Foods

hitamine foods

Histamine is a compound found in all cells of the body and is a natural component of many foods. It is an important component of the immune and neurologic systems and is involved in the process of inflammation. Histamine causes a variety of symptoms depending on where it is released and what receptors it binds to. Some food contain histamine and some foods cause histamine to be released and may need to be addressed in your diet. Seek professional help with this one. Book a consult

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E-Numbers What They Mean

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Many food additives including all artificial colours, flavours, and preservatives have adverse reactions including anything from causing hyperactivity to airway restriction, to promoting genetic mutation and cancer. Many studies indicate that certain food colorings and preservatives may increase hyperactive behavior in some children. We simply are what we eat and when it comes to our children if we love them we don't feed them junk. Please use the following list to help identify exactly what you are eating.

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Are Food Additives Driving Your Child Crazy?

food additives

Recently there has been a lot of media attention on food additives and how they affect mood. Food additives are used to preserve, colour and flavour foods. Some are harmless, in fact some are even beneficial. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is used to preserve food and lecithin, which is involved in fat metabolism and the conduction of nerve impulses, is used as an emulsifier. Many however are not only harmful but some are actually carcinogenic, i.e. promote cancer. Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) conducted a study into people’s diets and found that Australian pre-schoolers are consuming almost double the amount of preservatives and additives than the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends. These are linked with asthma, eczema, hay fever and other allergic disorders and behavioural disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Irish kids have a similar diet.

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Food Allergy & Food Intolerance Explained

top 8 food allergens

Recently there has been a lot of media attention on the rapid increase in food allergy and everyone nowadays is gluten free, lactose free, vegan, late soy dandies. Unfortunately, many undertrained nutritional therapists are (deservedly) getting a bad rap for restricting people’s diets to the point that patients are becoming underweight or even worse, developing an eating disorder known as orthorexia. Much of this occurs because of incorrectly diagnosed food allergy and intolerance. The only way to diagnose food allergy or intolerance is to conduct a low reactive diet and oral food challenge. This is the Gold Standard Test

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Salicylate Sensitivity Food List

salicylate food list

Salicylate sensitivity, also known as salicylate intolerance, is any adverse effect that occurs when a usual amount of salicylate is ingested. People with salicylate intolerance are unable to consume a normal amount of salicylate without adverse effects. Salicylates are derivatives of salicylic acid that occur naturally in plants and serve as a natural immune hormone and preservative, protecting the plants against diseases, insects, fungi, and harmful bacteria. Salicylates can also be found in many medications, perfumes and preservatives. Both natural and synthetic salicylates can cause health problems in anyone when consumed in large doses. But for those who are salicylate intolerant, even small doses of salicylate can cause adverse reactions.

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