Would it surprise you to learn that up to 90% or more of the US population suffers from food allergies? . . . that many health practitioners believe that food allergies are a leading cause of most none diagnosed medical symptoms, and that they play a role in most disease?
Would it interest you to know that most food allergies can be eliminated?
It’s not a quick fix, like taking a pill, but it can be done, and we’ll explain how.
First though, there are two kinds of food allergies: “fixed,” and hidden, or “delayed.”
Classical food allergies, where you eat something like peanuts or shellfish and immediately break out in hives or start sneezing or go into anaphylactic shock, account for only about 3% of all allergies. You’re often born with these “fixed” allergies and are generally stuck with them for life.
But about 97% of food allergies are acquired . . . and they can be eliminated! Because these allergies produce symptoms hours, days, and even weeks after you’ve eaten the offending food, they’re called “hidden” or “delayed” allergies.
Three of the most common problems caused by delayed food allergies are fatigue, indigestion and weight gain, but they’ve been linked to a very wide range of symptoms and medical conditions. All body systems can be affected, and symptoms include gastrointestinal complaints, musculoskeletal pain, autoimmune disease, neurological problems, respiratory ailments, rashes, heart arrhythmias and blood pressure irregularities, kidney issues, blood-sugar imbalances and more.
How do you acquire delayed food allergies?
- Poor digestion leading to accumulating large, undigested food particles in the small intestine is the first step.
- Add to that a weak gut-immune system. (A more robust immune system might be able to attack and break down large food particles.)
- Finally, you must have a “leaky gut.” The function of the lining of the small intestine is to allow nourishment into the bloodstream while keeping extraneous material out. When toxins, poor diet, stress, infections (especially candida yeast overgrowth after taking antibiotics) and some medications weaken the intestinal lining, large spaces develop between its cells and it can no longer perform this function properly. Instead, it will allow foreign particles, like large, undigested food particles, directly into the bloodstream.
- In the bloodstream, the immune system identifies the food particle as a foreign intruder that must be fought off as if it were a toxin or a pathogen, and it stores this information in its memory for future use. Each time it encounters that same type of food in the future, even in appropriately tiny amounts, the immune system will mount a full scale attack against it. In other words, you have become allergic to that food.
- Stress hormones and toxins, which overload your immune and detox systems, make this more likely to happen by making your immune system more reactive and hypersensitive and both systems less effective.