How to manage your food intolerances

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by: Sandeep Godiyal
Tags: food intolerances, allergies, healthy diet

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(NaturalNews) Some people experience adverse reactions after consuming certain foods. This can sometimes be a recurring reaction when a person ingests the food. The actual symptoms may vary from person to person and depend on various factors but often include diarrhea, vomiting, skin reactions such as urticaria and eczema, severe respiratory distress, dramatic angioedema and anaphylaxis.

Some food issues are caused by naturally occurring chemicals in the foods. Mostly, the problem arises due to amines, salicylates or MSG (mono sodium glutamate). Every person has some threshold, and once that is crossed, repercussions can be harmful. For instance, some people have a much higher threshold for salicylates and amines and won't experience the same kind of reaction as somebody with a lower threshold.

In fact, all food problems are the body's way of telling you that it needs some healing. You can get the best results by conducting a food elimination diet, which allows you to recognize the foods that cause problems. You can eliminate such foods slowly from your diet. There are a number of other ways to recover from food allergies. Your doctor will be the best person to advise you, especially if your problem is a serious one.

Let's have a close look at a few tips to manage food allergies:

Consult a health professional

It is very important to identify the foods that are causing allergies. Doctors will recommend alternate diets that help provide proper nutrition to your body and avoid foods that cause allergies.

Emergency medication

As there's no medication to prevent food allergies, the best way is to avoid all allergy-causing foods. However, if a reaction does occur, you should have access to emergency medication to control your symptoms. If medication has been prescribed by your doctor, you should carry it on your person at all times. In fact, now "auto injectors" are also available that you can use with some training.

Check food labels carefully

You should carefully check the food labels before eating anything. Sometimes, processed or preserved food has certain ingredients that can cause allergies.

Understand your limits

If you experience food allergies when you eat excess food, you should try to learn your limits when eating food. Slowly, you will automatically learn how much your body can take!

Enjoy eating out

Once you've successfully eliminated your problem foods, you can easily also enjoy eating food at restaurants, but only occasionally.

Increase fiber intake

If you're suffering from IBS, you should increase your intake of fibers. It's best to include soluble fiber such as psyllium, as it is much better than insoluble varieties like bran.

Use natural moisturizers for eczema

All those who suffer from eczema should avoid hot showers. They can use natural moisturizers such as virgin pressed coconut oil to keep their skin moisturized.

Remember, having a food allergy doesn't mean you'll have to stay on the sidelines throughout your life. Millions of people with food allergies lead satisfying, healthy lives. You can too!

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Sandeep is an mountain climber, runner, and fitness coach. He shares his tips for staying in shape and eating healthy on quickeasyfit.

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