I had plenty of goals for my New Year. I wanted to be more present with my children by putting my phone away more often. I wanted to start scheduling date night once a month. Lots of things. But watching my son swell up before my eyes was not one of them. Giving my son a shot of epinephrine and calling 911 as a treatment for food allergies was not one of them.
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Food allergies in children are on the rise. If it isn’t your child, I’m sure you know a child with food allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities. If you’re new to all this and you want to learn the difference between food allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities, click here. Every parent needs to know the signs and symptoms of food allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities. Click here for a list of the major signs and symptoms of food allergies as well as food sensitivities.
Treatment for Food Allergies
Conventional treatment for “food allergies” is actually treatment for allergic reactions to an offending food. It’s not actually treatment for potential root causes of food allergies.
Minor allergic reactions to food are typically treated with antihistamines and/or steroids. Serious, life threatening reactions, are treated immediately with epinephrine (an “epi pen”). If you have been proscribed epinephrine, you must keep it with you at all times and make sure you know how to use it!
Treatment for reactions to food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances is twofold. First, avoid or minimize intake of the problematic food(s). Next, be prepared to respond if you have accidentally been exposed. By far, the most accidental exposures occur when eating out or eating food that you have not personally prepared.
Be prepared to ask questions about ingredients. For example, some foods that you wouldn’t expect (fried chicken, french fries) are fried in peanut oil! So ask questions about the ingredients, even with foods that sound perfectly safe.
Alternative Treatment for Food Allergies
Conventional treatments are absolutely necessary if there has been exposure to an offending food. However, there are alternative treatments for food allergies that you can explore in order to discover and address the root cause of some food allergies.
Holistic treatment focuses on getting to the root cause of a symptom. Eighty percent of our immune system is found in our digestive system. Symptoms of food allergies and sensitivities often involve the digestive system. So an integrative medical approach might recommend different testing to determine whether any one of three problems exist:
- Maldigestion (problems with digestion)
- Malabsorption (problems with nutrient absorption by the intestines)
- Overgrowth of bacteria or yeast in the intestines
Urine or fecal analysis, electrodermal food allergy testing, and IgE and IgG blood testing are all methods that may be used by holistic physicians. Once food allergies and sensitivities have been identified, strategies are undertaken to heal the digestive tract.
Many of the tests performed by the holistic physician can help to identify an important condition known as “leaky gut syndrome.” Damage to the intestinal wall in leaky gut syndrome leads to increased absorption of toxins. Leaky gut is a common cause of many food allergies. Bacterial overgrowth and/or leaky gut can cause food allergies to appear more serious than they really are. In other words, what you assume to be a food allergy may actually indicate a problem with digestion, or bacteria or yeast overgrowth. WHAT???? Let me repeat: What we assume to be food allergies, and what traditional medicine diagnoses as food allergies, might actually indicate a problem with digestion, bacteria, or yeast in your gut!
Well, then – you can heal your gut! Could you therefore reduce or eliminate food allergies or sensitivities? Dr. Alan Christianson talks about food intolerances and what you can do to overcome reactions to food.
Day to Day Treatment for Food Allergies
Living in the day to day, I’m always looking for great, nutrient dense, allergen free recipes. I’ve made quite a few muffin recipes now that are terrific for grab and go breakfasts or even a quick snack. I feel like the mom in a Norman Rockwell painting when the boys come running to get a fresh muffin warm from the oven! And I know they are safe!
Follow me on Pinterest and check out my Pintrest Board devoted to recipes that eliminate some or all of the top allergenic foods. Check it out if you have family members or friends with food allergies or sensitivities.
And finally, here are some great cookbooks that eliminate most or all of the top eight allergens to help you in your treatment for food allergies. I’m sure you can find these at your local library. If you’d rather have your own copy, for your convenience, I’ve included an affiliate link for you to purchase them directly.
If you are a parent of a child with food allergies, if your child has a friend with food allergies, or even if you just have some friends over to your house – I don’t want you to ever have to feel the bone chilling fear that I felt as I called 911. Knowledge about food allergies can save your from that!