Food Allergy Treatment

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Food Allergy and Intolerance Treatment

Food allergies and intolerances can not only manifest in uncomfortable digestive symptoms, they can also manifest as skin issues, mood/mental health issues, hormonal issues and hay fever type symptoms.

Allergies and intolerances can become overwhelming and make a person feel like they have limited choices around their diet, especially when they react to healthy foods. However, with some guidance, it is still possible to eat a healthy diet despite allergies and intolerances. It is just a matter of pinpointing exactly what foods cause a reaction and what foods don’t. This can easily be done by elimination diets (i.e. eliminating the correct food groups by understanding the common denominator between the foods a person is reacting to – a practitioner can help you identify the common denominator between reactive foods). If eating a food doesn’t cause a reaction, then there is no reason to remove it.

In saying all of this, allergies and intolerances can be treated and after effective treatment a person may be able to add modest amounts of foods that they once reacted to, back into their diet.

How is this possible you might ask? Well, allergies and intolerances are driven by imbalances of the bacteria that reside in our gut. Our gut is lined with billions of bacteria with thousands of different species. There is both good and bad bacteria in the gut. The good, in the right amounts keep the bad in check. Sometimes, due to diet, lifestyle and environmental factors (e.g. antibiotics), the bad can overgrow because of lowered amounts of good bacteria. In the gut, it is all about balance.

These good bacteria play crucial roles in the overall health and function of our digestive system as well as our overall health. Because 80% of our immune system is located in our gut, these bacteria also play a role in regulating the function of our immune system.

 

 

When the amounts of good bacteria become lowered and bad bacteria become more prominent, due to diet, lifestyle and environmental factors, the overgrown bad bacteria increase inflammation in the gut, which prevents digestion and absorption of food leading to food intolerance symptoms. Also, since 80% of our immune system is located in our gut and gut bacteria play a crucial role in regulating our immune system, especially in response to food, an overgrowth of bad bacteria can disrupt immune function causing hypersensitivity and immune reactions to certain foods, which manifests in allergy symptoms.

Therefore, improving your diet and lifestyle habits through practical and sustainable interventions, as well as using evidenced based herbal and nutritional supplementation, it is possible to rebalance the gut flora (i.e. increase good bacteria and decrease bad), which is vital to treating allergies and intolerances. Once we have done this, we may be able to add foods a person once reacted to, slowly back into their diet. At particular amounts, they may be able to tolerate them again.

If you suffer from symptoms relating to food allergies and intolerances, and they are impacting your quality of life, call Oak Health today or book an appointment online to find out how you can be helped.

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