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At health food stores around the world customers are complaining more frequently about food allergies with statements like, “I can’t eat this” or “I can’t eat that.” Why do so many people, particularly shoppers at health food stores, assume that they have food allergies? You never really hear people say, “I’m allergic to coffee, sodas, cookies, cakes, popcorn, pizza or candy”, and yet these are things that many scarf down repeatedly without a second thought. So, what’s up with all these patrons at health food stores who insist they have food allergies?
Food allergies occur when the immune system is effected by a protein molecule in the offending food. This has been known to happen even to those who stick with a narrow health food diet. The body runs into a problem when attempting to break down that particular protein molecule, so it reacts by expelling the offending molecules as quickly as possible. A chemical called ‘histamine’ is generated and symptoms appear in the form of rashes, inflammation, itching, panting, respiratory problems, and lots of mucus being expelled through the nose and mouth. More acute reactions from food allergies are vomiting, loss of consciousness, or even death.
Intolerance to certain foods and food allergies are all too often misjudged by customers looking for help at health food stores. With food intolerances similar to lactose intolerance, where the digestive system has problems breaking down the sugar in the milk, the symptoms are much milder. One could experience gas and bloating or diarrhea and cramping. While food intolerance is bad, it is not normally life threatening like food allergies in severe cases. The common distresses are intolerances to wheat, soy, dairy, and all too often anything that shoppers at health food stores feel is too pricey.
The quintessential question consumers should raise at health food stores is not, “What foods am I allergic to?” But more accurately, “Why is my immune system adversely effected by food, especially items usually thought of as health food?”
When determining particular food allergies and intolerances, some factors to be concerned about are: Which food triggers the allergic reaction? When is the food that triggers the reaction being eaten? Is the trigger food being improperly combined with other fruits, vegetables, grains, meats or dairy products? Merely studying labels at health food stores is not necessarily a reliable way to proceed.
It can be quite exhaustive to discover the offending trigger food and how it is being consumed. In fact, most experts on food allergies will recommend keeping a chronicle of all you consume, and when the trigger food is nailed down then just avoid eating it. While that sounds clear-cut, if you react to numerous ingredients including those found in health food stores, it’s not so easy. Of course, you can attempt to remove the most common triggers to food allergies like corn, wheat, eggs, dairy, and peanuts, but if that doesn’t work, then what?
The problem is that the immune system can overreact when confronted by a number of substances. The ideal method to address food allergies is to bolster the immune system while balancing all the systems of the body equally. Uncover special health food products that feed the five key systems of the body synergistically: immune, endocrine, digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems. Searching online health food stores rather than typical health food stores for these formulas will supply greater results.