Saturday, February 19, 2011
Many people crave the foods they are allergic to.
Having a food that you cannot give up is a strong indication of an
unrecognized food allergy. Most people associated an allergy with a
full-blown immediate reaction, like breaking out in hives after eating
shellfish. Hidden allergies usually take longer to manifest with a
reaction taking place anyway from 24-72 hours later. This makes it very
difficult to identify the offending food.
for certain foods can also be an indication of certain nutritional
deficiencies. For instance people who crave people chocolate are very
often magnesium deficient and craving fatty foods can indicates an
essential fatty acid deficiency.
with hidden allergies have many chronic health problems that they
probably do not associated with any particular food. One thing we have
to look at is the reason or cause of the sensitivity or allergy in the
first place. The answer lies in the digestive tract.
dysfunction often causes mal-digestion of food. Large food particles
are left undigested and form substrate for bacterial growth. Over time
the villi, the large absorptive surface of the intestines, becomes
irritated and inflamed, which causes it to become less dense. These
large particles, especially proteins, can then penetrate the intestinal
mucous membrane. Once in the bloodstream, the body’s immune system will
recognize the small protein or part of a protein as foreign, and
produces antibodies against it. It is the reaction of the
antibody/antigen complex that produces the classic allergy symptoms.
These allergens are usually identified and destroyed by the liver,
however, if the liver is not functioning at optimum, it allows the
allergens to circulate in the body.
should focus on addressing the underlying cause of the allergy by
thoroughly assessing the digestive and liver system. Moreover,
identification and avoidance of the offending foods is crucial.