Clearing your path: There are two types of food allergies: immediate reactions that can lead to anaphylaxis and delayed reactions which show up from 1-3 days later.
One of the most common causes of food allergies is a compromised digestive system. When you consume foods that irritate your stomach and intestines, the result is inflammation. This inflammation can increase intestinal permeability. When food is consumed, and is not completely digested due to the irritation of the stomach and intestines, some partially digested proteins will pass through the intestines into the blood. This causes the body to create harmful antibodies to fight off these proteins. These antibodies cause damage in the body by causing inflammation as they attack other tissues.
This is how food allergies develop. Nutritional deficiencies and parasitic infections can also lead to food allergies by disrupting digestion. Some people are predisposed to develop food allergies. Typically when one or both parents have allergies, there is a high probability that their children will develop allergies.
Treatment options may include the identification of the allergen. We work with labs that utilize ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay technique) to measure serum antibodies in the blood. We receive a comprehensive test that lists allergens and indicates the degree of reaction obtained. Next, we recommend avoiding the offending allergens for 90 days. This will support your digestive system as it heals. Nutritional supplements will be included to soothe the irritation of the digestive system and speed healing. After 90 days, symptoms will be reassessed. Avoided food allergens may slowly be reintroduced at this time and symptoms will continue to be monitored.