2% of People: Food Allergies Can Be Frustrating and Deadly
If you want to practice healthy eating, it is important to
do what is best for your specific body. Although some food may be extremely
healthy for most people, if you have a food allergy, these foods can be deadly
About 2% of people in the United States suffer from true
from allergies, and many, many more suffer from sensitivities to certain foods.
It is important to learn about food allergies and sensitivities in order to
prevent them and treat them in both yourself and your children.
Many people who suffer from food allergies and
sensitivities do not know that this is their problem. They may experience things
like fatigue after meals, spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome, rashes, mood
swings, depression, muscle soreness, weight problems, or sleep disturbances,
among other symptoms.
In most people, these conditions are attributed to things
like stress or seasonal allergies, and cannot be defines because of the constant
ingestion of allergens in foods.
Doctors can test for food allergies in a number of ways.
First, you can one by one remove certain foods from your diet in order to see if
you symptoms may disappear. However, clinical test like the RAST of skin prick
test can also help point doctors to specific food allergies.
In your own like, if you have unexplained symptoms, you
should keep a food record and note when these conditions occur. This is the
healthiest way to define which foods are right for you.
If you discover that you have a food allergy, it is best to
simply stay away from that food, no matter how much you like it. About 5% of
food allergies are immediately toxic and so can result in throat-swelling and
other conditions that cause death. You may not always experience these food
allergies from birth.
For some people, they come at later times in life, such as
with you go through puberty, menopause, or a pregnancy. In fact, sometimes they
can just show up for no reason at all. Our bodies change constantly and it is
important to continually gage the foods you eat in order to make the best
Remember, a doctor can help you control your symptoms and
rework your diet so that you are still getting the proper nutrients you need.
When you find out that you have a food allergy, whether it be to wheat or to
seafood or to anything in between, it is not the end of the world. Healthy
eating is about making good choices in order to avoid those foods.
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