Food Allergies – When Good Foods Cause Bad Moods

When it comes to the topic of food allergies, many of us think of young children and peanut allergies. After all, the sometimes-fatal reactions of those with peanut allergies are responsible for warnings on food, in restaurants, and other establishments where one may come in contact with peanuts or peanut residue. You should know, though, that food allergies go well beyond peanuts, young children, and physical reactions.

In addition to health risks such as heart disease, diabetes, and a host of obesity-related illnesses and complications, have you ever made a connection between food and mood? Not alcohol or other drugs, but foods. More specifically, food allergies may be responsible for a significant number of mental health related issues!

There are actually four different types of food allergies (IgE ,IgG, IgM, and IgA) that can have an effect on your digestive system and, in turn, your mental healthfulness. IgE allergies are the type of food allergies that get the most attention. Occurring in roughly 2-5% of the population, mainly children, these are the allergies that present in frightening suddenness. Delayed food allergies, IgG, or food sensitivities can show reactive effects up to several days later, so often the connection between an ailment and the food(s) eaten isn’t even made by the sufferer or perhaps even any medical practitioners with whom they consult. Shockingly, 45-60% of the population suffers from delayed food allergies, many of them never being aware of it.

These delayed food reactions have been linked to over 100 different allergic symptoms and 150 different medical diseases. The mental health issues associated with delayed food allergies include: ADHD, anxiety, autism, chronic fatigue (which can go beyond just physical feelings and affect mental health, as well), depression, dizziness (often associated with anxiety), hyperactivity, lethargy, PMS, tension, weight gain and weight loss (both of which tend to have an effect on self-esteem).

So how exactly do these food allergies and reactions contribute to the mental health issues named above? Quite simply, studies have already shown a connection between stress, inflammation, and disease. If you ever eat as a result of feeling stress, your chances of developing inflammation and food allergies is increased. This then leads to the effects on mental and physical health.

The most common food sensitivities include: peanuts, cow’s milk, eggs, sugar substitutes (aspartame, saccharine), soybeans, fish, shellfish, and wheat. For most of us, many of these are foods we eat frequently. And with a statistic like up to 60% of Americans have delayed food allergies, it is cause for concern.

There are different ways to test for food allergies. You can ask your general practitioner to test, you can ask for a referral to an allergist, there are even home blood and saliva tests. They can cost up to several hundred dollars but the investment in your health is well worth it, even if insurance does not cover them.

IgE Food Allergy Test

o Skin test. A skin prick test can determine your reaction to particular foods. In this test, small amounts of suspected foods are placed on the skin of your forearm or back. Your skin is then pricked with a needle, to allow a tiny amount of the substance beneath your skin surface. If you’re allergic to a particular substance being tested, you develop a raised bump or reaction.

o Blood test or BloodSpot A blood test can measure your immune system’s response to particular foods by assessing the amount of allergy-type antibodies in your bloodstream, known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. A blood sample is then sent to a medical laboratory, where different foods can be tested. IgG Food Allergy Test

o ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test analyzes IgG Food Antibody Profile measures levels of IgG antibodies for commonly offending foods. It clearly identifies those foods that may be causing health problems.

Other things you can do at home, to decrease your food reactions, are: exercise, take appropriate supplements, and avoid foods you think or know are problematic for you. If you find that eliminating certain food from your diet increases your wellness, it’s entirely possible you were suffering from delayed food allergies!

Some of the most common supplements food allergy sufferers use include omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA), and probiotics. It is always a good idea to check with your family doctor before adding supplements to your diet, especially if you are on any other medications, prescribed or otherwise. There can be interactions and other effects that will end up just adding to your problems. Better safe than sorry, as they say.

Learn to Avoid Foods That Trigger Lupus Flares – With an Easy, at Home Food Allergy Testing Strategy

A food allergy is an immune response to a particular food or beverage, similar to the immune response against the body itself in a lupus patient. Don’t confuse food allergies with food intolerances; they are different. When you experience food intolerance, it is not caused by the immune system, and is simply an adverse response by your body to a particular food (like lactose intolerance).

You’ve got to take care of yourself; having lupus or any auto-immune disease makes you especially susceptible to food allergies and these allergic reactions can instigate flares.

There are many ways to determine food allergies and the symptoms they produce. According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, you should watch for the following 7 symptoms up to two hours of eating.

Food allergy symptoms to watch out for:

o Tingling sensation in the mouth

o Swelling of the tongue and the throat

o Difficulty breathing

o Hives

o Vomiting, abdominal cramps, or diarrhea

o Sudden drop in blood pressure

o Loss of consciousness

If you suspect you have a food allergy, it is important to work with a health professional, because while simply cutting that food out of your diet may alleviate your symptoms, it won’t address the potential allergy itself.

Allergy testing is easier than it sounds. You might be afraid of needles, but in most cases you don’t even have to see them!

Common allergy testing methods:

Pin Prick allergy testing

In the pin prick skin test the doctor places a small drop of the substance (in this case food) that you may be allergic to on your skin and then pricks you with a tiny needle. He or she will then wait for a few minutes to see if you develop a reaction, which is usually localized in the form of redness and swelling.

RAST Allergy Test

The RAST test is another allergy test that requires a blood sample sent to a lab, where specialized tests are done to determine your allergies.

The At-Home Allergy Pulse Test

Another easy way to get an indication of a food allergy is by using the at-home allergy pulse test. This is done by checking your pulse rate before and after eating. When you maintain a close watch over your pulse rate while you challenge different foods, you can often determine possible food reactions. However, it is important that you do not use or rely on this test if you have a history of strong allergic reactions, especially anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reason which results in swelling of the throat).

To perform the pulse test on yourself, simply take your pulse before eating a meal to establish your base (or control) pulse rate.

It’s best to eat a single food, and then re-check your pulse rate at 15, 30 and 60 minutes afterwards. If you see an increase in elevation of more than 10 beats faster than your base pulse, it means you are likely allergic to that food.

An obvious problem is that you may want to eat more than one food at a time. Go ahead and eat that meal, and again do your pulse test before, and after your meal as above. In this way you’ll be able to determine if the foods don’t have any effect, or if there are foods creating a reaction with an elevated pulse rate.

To start testing your food reactions, a simple natural diet is the way to go. Stick with meals that don’t require a lot of work and include just a few simple ingredients.

If you do find an increased pulse, it’s a good idea to test each food separately in order to narrow down which food ingredient is the culprit from that meal.

Be sure to keep a diary with you at all times, so you can keep a proper record and learn to identify which foods, if any, are triggering a flare. Be cautioned though, food triggers and their reactions can change, therefore be tricky to catch. However, this test is a great start to taking control of unnecessary flares that result from food allergies.

It is best to work with an experienced wellness specialist to help you maintain your health program and get further support to answer your health questions when necessary.

90% of all food allergies are caused by only eight foods!

Yes, it’s true. Only 8 common foods are the culprit for most food allergies. These are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, cashews, and pistachios), fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. You should also avoid spicy foods, processed foods (such as American cheese), alcohol, chocolate, and caffeine if you have Lupus. I know this sounds like no fun at all, but all of these have the potential to mess with your immune system and have unexpected effects on your body. That’s the last thing you need to worry about with lupus!

One way to recall these foods is by remembering the term ‘DONGS’, which stands for:

Dairy: Cow’s milk and related products, goats’ milk and related products, eggs

Ocean: Fish, shellfish

Nuts: Peanuts, tree nuts

Grains: Soy, wheat, wheat, rye, oats, barley, anything referred to as “gluten”

Spices: Paprika, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, cola, liquorice, mustard, oregano, peppers, poppy seeds, and sage

Now that I’ve told you all the no-no’s… we can go over some of the foods you can eat and enjoy without fear of stimulating your immune system. Foods like brown rice, sweet potatoes, and veggies can make up delicious dishes full of energy and carbs to keep you going through the day. For a refreshing drink, why not reach for some fresh fruits or veggies and make a nice juiced smoothie or drink that will support your immune system and energy as well (just avoid asparagus, eggplant, onion, zucchini, raw olives, and peppers).

It’s important to keep your strength up so you can fight the lupus all day, not just after eating, so try and have several smaller meals throughout the day versus 2 or 3 heavy meals that will rob you of precious energy you don’t have to waste.

General Food Allergies Testing For Candida Sufferers

This article will discuss about general food allergies testing, which is also known as Serological tests for immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4). This is based on the question from a friend of mine, candida sufferer. She wanted to know whether I am familiar or knowledgeable about IgG4 testing for food allergies.

She’s having trouble finding anything for the layperson on this test on the Internet. Her ND (Naturopath Doctor) did the test on her and it shows that she’s allergic to several foods, such as eggs, dairy products, tomatoes, oranges, Candida Albicans, wheat, and gluten.

After reading that list, she is wondering what she is going to eat, because she loves pasta and she loves nothing better than to throw some tomatoes on noodles. She’s been on the list for a bit but has not started any dietary changes because she wanted to wait to see the blood test. She said that she’s not very symptomatic compared to most people so it is difficult for her to accept that she has a yeast allergy, although now she is quite convinced she does.

In my opinion, if you are like her and really like pastas, there are pastas made from soy, corn, quinoa and other wheat-free products. I tried a rice pasta the other day, and it tasted quite good. So you may want to try it.

About the general food allergies test, I read somewhere that testing for IgG4 against foods is not recommended as a diagnostic tool because food-specific IgG4 does not indicate food allergy, but rather a physiological response of the immune system after being exposed to food.

Food Allergy Tests – Two Basic Types of Testing For Food Allergies

Testing for food allergies is best done under the care of a specially trained physician, also known as an allergist. These doctors are able perform various tests to determine whether a person is allergic or intolerant to foods or other substances. Often a referral is necessary to make an appointment with them which can be obtained from a family or general practice physician.

There are generally two types of food allergy tests – blood work and a “scratch” test. The scratch test is more commonly performed as it is less expensive and more substances can be tested at once. To perform this test, the skin is prepared with small ink outlines and a tiny amount of the substance or substances being tested for are either placed on the skin or just under it then left alone for at least 15 minutes.

Blood tests for food allergies examine for IgE antibodies and can help to determine whether it is a food allergy or intolerance. These tests can be expensive so they are often used after a scratch test has been performed and the field has been narrowed to only a few foods. Blood tests are not always 100% accurate and many allergists will caution that even a negative result should still be treated as a positive if it is already known that the patient reacts to the certain substance.

After the testing has been performed, an allergist will discuss the results with you and explain any allergic reactions that they found as well as what they recommend for a course of treatment. The most common treatment for food allergies is to adhere to a total avoidance diet of the food in question to prevent any problems.

YorkTest – Food Allergy Testing

The view of YorkTest and indeed other such professionals is that, a food allergy or intolerance can massively inconvenience your life in today’s hectic world. Luckily, though, you don’t have to take the time and expense of a visit to an allergy specialist, instead, you can test yourself at home to see if food is upsetting your body’s natural way of functioning and your overall well-being.

What is a food allergy?

A food allergy is an adverse reaction to the foods eaten. The big eight of food allergies are egg, dairy, tree nut, peanut, seafood, shellfish, wheat, and soy. Symptoms may include nausea, hives, itching, swelling, and congestion among other symptoms. Food allergies may affect as many as 1% of a country’s population, make it somewhat common.

How does home food allergy testing work?

YorkTest, the premier laboratory for at home medical testing, provides the First Step Food Intolerance Test allergy test. The process for using this test is incredibly simple. YorkTest sends you the simple to use FoodScan 113 Home Test. You simple prick your finger with the included lancet and collect your blood with the blood collection kit. The amount required is very small and it leaves you with only a light scratch. The kit includes detailed instructions on how to accomplish all of this with ease. After collecting the blood, you simply package the kit into the included prepaid return envelope and ship it back to YorkTest for analysis.

What sort of results will I get from YorkTest?

You will learn what foods to avoid, ways to avoid the foods you are allergic to, and a consultation with a qualified nutritionist. In addition to this, you get a one year free membership in Allergy UK. YorkTest not only serves as your counselor for testing and results but also makes every effort to make the transition towards a healthier, allergen-free diet as simple as humanly possible. YorkTest operates on the belief that you have already been through enough, and they want to aid you with your life changes as much as possible.