Anti Allergen Diet
Food allergies are somewhat common, but they are usually not serious. Of course some people who are allergic to peanuts or shellfish may have life threatening reactions, most people will suffer unpleasant symptoms if they eat foods they are sensitive or allergic to.
The best way to diagnose a food allergy is with an anti allergen diet. Removing foods that cause most of the reactions in people (the most common allergens) and then reintroducing them slowly, one by one, and watching for a reaction, is a free and effective way of finding out which foods may be causing you or your child problems.
Anti allergen diets have been receiving a great deal of attention lately. It seems that food allergies are on the rise, or at least awareness of them is.
Some doctors of alternative medicine believe that so-called “hidden” food allergies are responsible for many of the symptoms we experience that are not properly diagnosed or treated. They cite symptoms such as headaches, nasal allergy symptoms and stomach problems as some of the ones that patients often see their doctors for, but continue to experience even after treatment. By trying an anti-allergen diet, these patients sometimes see a reduction or elimination of their problems.
Doctors often recommend a low-allergen diet to aid in diagnosing food allergies. By avoiding foods that are known to trigger allergies, one can determine whether or not a food allergy is the problem. If the diet helps, various foods are reintroduced for periods of time until the culprit is found.
Anti-allergen diets have also been used for breastfeeding mothers to alleviate the symptoms of colic in babies. Studies on the subject have found a significant reduction in fussiness in babies whose mothers adhered to the diet. While it does not cure colic, it may provide relief.
An anti-allergen diet is very restrictive. It requires the avoidance of wheat, milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and fish. Acceptable foods include:
* Herbal tea
* Freshly squeezed fruit juice diluted with water
* Oatmeal and oat bran (unless gluten is suspected)
* Puffed rice
* Bean flour
* Buckwheat flour and noodles
* Rice flour, crackers and cakes
* Black, kidney and navy beans
* Sesame, sunflower and olive oil
* Most vegetables except for tomatoes
Some doctors include certain types of fish and nuts that are unlikely to cause reactions in their recommended anti-allergen diets. These include tuna, salmon and other canned fish, almonds and cashews. Some also include soy and soy products such as tofu. If such a diet fails to produce results, however, eliminating these things may be in order.
Anti-allergen diets are much different than what the average person is accustomed to. But for those who have found no relief from traditional medical treatment, they could be worth a try. In most cases, the diet is only temporarily followed until the offending foods are identified. Then the patient can go back to his regular diet, eliminating only these foods.