ALLERGIES (Food)

Acquired abnormal immune responses to substances not normally causing a reaction, collectively called allergens. Allergies cause the production of antibodies by the immune system, and this is how food allergies are distinguished from food intolerances, which do not. Food allergies are best managed by diet control and supplements to strengthen the immune system. Causes include heredity, weakened immune system, toxic load, drugs, stress, dental fillings, hormonal imbalance, and menopause. Symptoms that manifest from food allergies include, acne, arthritis, asthma, colitis, conjuctivitis, dark circles under eyes, depression, diarrhea, duodenal ulcers, ear problems, fatigue, headaches, hyperactivity, insomnia, intestinal problems, overweight, sinus problems, tinnitus.

Diet:
Elimination diet to diagnose food allergies and intolerances. Suspect substances often include wheat and dairy products. Eliminate suspect foods from diet and see how you are doing without them. Reintroduce them, one at a time and see reaction. Another approach is to rotate foods every 4-5 days.

Nutrients:
Enzymes, vitamins B complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, calcium and magnesium.

Herbs:
Dandelion, milk thistle, echinacea, scutellaria, Siberian ginseng, nettles