Food Allergies are perhaps the most widespread and universal medical condition that people suffer from. There are common food allergies that millions of people suffer from, as well as strange or unusual allergies that people often don’t even think of as allergenic foods. If you have a food allergy, your body’s immune system reacts in a negative way, usually due to one of the proteins in the food that the body identifies as harmful. A food allergy is different than food intolerance, or any other medication-related reaction, or toxicity reactions. Depending on your body and your specific digestion system, some proteins won’t be digested properly. This means that they will be tagged by Immunoglobulin E, which means that the immune system will then be activated to eliminate the protein.
Symptoms of Food Allergies
It is important to identify which foods you are sensitive to, so you can avoid them or be aware of what is happening when you body has a reaction. For that reason, you need to recognize the symptoms of a food allergy reaction. Again, ranging from mild to severe, they can include the following:
- Hives and Skin Rash
- Itching of the mouth, lips, tongue, and gums
- Runny nose and sneezing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal Pain and Gastrointestinal distress
- Headaches or lightheadedness
- Hoarse voice, breathing difficulties, and wheezing
- Throat swelling
- Death by a number of complications, including respiratory and cardiopulmonary failures.
In Addition, Following Are Some Effective Home Remedies For Food Allergies:
Apple Cider Vinegar:
With a number of beneficial compounds like Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Acetic acid, Ascorbic acid and Malic acid, Apple Cider Vinegar is No. 1 choice for combating food allergies. These compounds function to bring body’s PH to normal levels thereby boosting immune function and providing allergy relief.
Take 1 to 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar in a day. If you cannot handle its taste, mix 1 teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey and then dilute it in half glass of warm water. Consume this tonic at least twice a day.
Raw honey has a number of intriguing properties. Honey bees secrete a special protein called ‘bee defensin-1’ that intermingles with flower nectars that these bees use to prepare honey. This specific protein is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral effects. Honey also contains phyto-chemicals such as flavonoids and anti-oxidants. Raw honey therefore works like a vaccine against local allergens, effectively casting off food allergies and boosting immunity. You can take 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw organic honey and mix it with one to two drops of onion juice for best results.
Lemon juice increases alkaline level in your blood. It is also a great source of ascorbic acid that boosts immunity and provides allergy relief. However, if you have ever suffered with an allergy to citrus fruits, you should not use lime juice for treatment.
Mix juice of one lemon and a teaspoon of honey in lukewarm water and consume it. Repeat this for a couple of months.
Oatmeal can be quite helpful if you are suffering from hives that is often an allergy symptom. You can prepare a soothing ointment using a tablespoon of oatmeal that has been soaked in a cup of boiled water for a minimum of 30 minutes. Strain any excess water and make a paste. This paste can be carefully applied over hives with help of a cotton ball. This paste can also be refrigerated for future use.
If you are suffering from stomach disorder or skin rashes due to some allergy, try treating it with banana. Banana is an excellent option for reducing symptoms due to allergic reactions. Some people may be sensitive to bananas also. In that case eating of bananas should be avoided.
While these home remedies can help with your problems, food allergies can be extremely severe, and even fatal. You should speak with an allergist so you can get all of the information about your condition. Depending on the severity of the allergy, avoiding the food altogether is probably the wisest choice. As always, prevention is better than treatment.