The Reason of Food Allergies

If you suffer from food allergies, you know the havoc they can cause. A food allergy is a hypersensitivity to a substance that doesn’t affect most people. The problem isn’t the food, it’s the immune systems’ reaction to that food. Your immune system mis-identifies the food as a toxin, virus or fungus and does whatever is necessary to eliminate it from the body. When this happens, a whole set of chemical reactions are initiated.

What Causes Food Allergies.

Heredity Heredity can be a factor in food allergies. Defects in the genes can cause food allergies which can be passed on to your children.

Incomplete Digestion Allergies can cause more allergies. When you’re allergic to a food, the body can’t digest the food properly and the food sits in the digestive tract longer than necessary. More acid is created to break down the food. As the food sits in the gut it putrefies and causes heartburn and acid stomach. This irritates the intestines and leads to gas.

When the digestive tract becomes inflamed, even the foods that you’re not allergic to, can pass through tiny pinholes burned into the intestinal wall and can lead to a condition called leaky gut. Acid from the poor digestion actually burns tiny microscopic holes in the digestive tract and allows food particles to pass into parts of the body that are forbidden. Food in the digestive tract is good but food in the bloodstream causes more food allergies.

When food is encountered in the bloodstream, the body does whatever it can to eliminate it. It is not supposed to be there. Yes, the nutrients are supposed to be in the bloodstream, but not food particles and causes allergies the next time the body encounters that food.

Environment Another hypothesis is that ‘stress while eating’ can cause an allergic reaction to foods that are eaten at that time. Stress at the dinner table over and over again is the culprit. How many times has an argument happened while eating. In my family, too many times.

Gene Modified Organisms GMO foods or foods that are changed genetically can cause food allergies. In the United States, foods that have been modified don’t even have to be labeled. To the contrary, if you say that your food product is free of GMOs it is against the law.

More and more foods are modified for profit. We are now finding these modified foods detrimental to our health and can cause food allergies or worse.

Food has a particular vibration, a way so the body can recognize that food. When you change the genes of the food, the vibration and structure also changes. Let me give you an example.

Lets look at a barcode. Let’s compare a barcode to stand for a food. Every food has a vibration and this vibration is represented by this barcode. The immune system looks at this food the same way that the scanner looks at the barcode to identify what kind of food it is.

If we change the barcode (food) in any way by manipulating the genetic makeup, there’s a high chance that the scanner (immune system) will not be able to identify what food you are eating. When this happens, the body doesn’t have a clue what the food is and tries to protect the body from this unknown substance in every way possible. Kind of like a price check at the supermarket. Everything stops when that happens as you know.

What causes the allergic response? The Immune System Is the culprit. The immune system is the protector of the body and uses a similar system to the barcode mentioned above. If it cannot identify the food, it considers it a poison and does whatever it can to rid the body of it.

The immune system is like the Border Patrol. It’s job is to let what’s good enter the body and keep out the undesirable bacteria, viruses, fungus, mold, toxins and anything that it cannot recognize. The Border Patrol agents have a list that if you are not on, you cannot come in.

Even if the food does get past the checkpoint, the immune system sends out its army of agents to fight it, kill it, and dispose of it, depending on what it is. The problem arrises when foods “that should be on the list” are not, or worse, wind up on the bad list of those enemies of the state, the state of well-being. Then an allergy is formed. Wanted, dead or alive.

Food allergies are the beginning of all allergies. They cause the immune system to respond to foods that are good for you. These foods have nutrition that you need, and cannot harm you, “unless the immune system gets confused.” This confusion causes allergies.

Allergic foods, rather than nourishing the body, now weaken the digestive track and the immune system. Since this allergic response stops the normal intake of nutrition, allergies create a form of nutrition deficiency. This nutrition deficiency decreases the immune systems ability to understand and do it’s job properly.

Whether your allergic reaction is strong or not hardly noticeable, this reaction is the impetus that starts the allergy ball rolling for all allergies. Even if your major allergy is from the environment, it starts with the foods you eat that lessens the nutrients that can be absorbed, causing the immune system to make more and more mistakes over and over again.

 

Choosing Better Food For Your Child

When faced with this question we all automatically and emphatically answer “Yes”! We love our children, right, so of course we are all making the right choices to provide them with the healthiest life they can have, aren’t we? But if we think about it carefully, are we really?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I regularly give my child fast food or takeaway food?
  • Do I rarely give my child meals that are fresh and cooked from scratch? So no pre-packaged foods like fish fingers or tinned foods.
  • Do I give my child sugary food or drinks most days? This includes ‘fruit straps’, ‘muesli bars’ and poppers.
  • Do I give my child dairy desserts (ice cream, etc.), grain desserts (cookies, cake, doughnuts, etc.) or whole milk most days?
  • Do I give my child the same food every day for breakfast, lunch or dinner?
  • Does my child often see me eating unhealthy foods?
  • Does my child eat alone or at a separate time from me?
  • Does my child hear me talk about dieting because I want to lose a few kilos?
  • Do I give my child antibiotics immediately when they are sick rather than waiting to let their body fight the illness?
  • Do I give my child medication when they have a mild temperature?
  • Do I drive my child from A to B when we could easily walk instead?
  • Did I wean my child early?
  • Did I eat high-fat or sugary foods when I was breast-feeding?
  • Is my child exposed to environmental contaminants i.e. pesticides on fruit and chemicals in their shampoo and soap and laundry powder?
  • Do I feed my child predominantly organic food?
  • Have I ever had my child tested for food intolerances?

Of course we don’t intend to make you feel inadequate as a parent; what we are trying to do is to raise your awareness of some of the things that will have an outcome on your child’s long-term health! What you feed your child will not just affect their health in the short-term but also in the years to come. Diets high in processed foods, fat and sugar result in children with lower IQs, and set the scene for obesity, behavioral problems, asthma, eczema, inflammatory conditions, and auto-immune diseases like arthritis plus illness like diabetes and cancer.

You need to be conscious of what you feed your child because the types of foods that you regularly give them when they are young will influence what they choose to eat as they get older since repeated exposure builds taste preferences that will stay with them. Also be aware of the impact your behavior around food will have on your children. You will not create children who enjoy healthy food and have a balanced mindset around food and health if they see you eating unhealthy food, doing fad diets, or even talking about diets, self-image and food in negative ways.

When your child is sick try to delay the antibiotics unless it is absolutely essential! The same applies to all medications – obviously you must use them if essential and if directed by your doctor but do not get into a habit of using them routinely for a mild headache, sore throat or fever. Remember, medication just deals with symptoms but does not ‘kill’ the bug. Antibiotics and other medications increase the likelihood of your child developing food intolerances. Repeatedly feeding your child the same foods further adds to this risk. If your child suffers from unsettled sleep, frequent regurgitation of food, colic, hiccups, excessive crying, poor appetite, flatulence, stuffy nose, frequent ear infections, watery eyes, frequent colds, noisy breathing, scratching, diarrhea or constipation, eczema, ADHD or concentration problems or stomach aches, then you should get them tested for food intolerances.

Take on board the fact that food intolerance is a rising problem in our world and it is no coincidence that it is rising fast alongside rates of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Why? Because most of us aren’t making great choices in terms of nutrition, lifestyle and medications taken. This leads to leaky gut syndrome which is basically a damaged gut which allows food proteins to get into the blood stream and food intolerance then occurs.

As a parent, one of the best gifts you can give your child is a strong nutritional start. Your child will not know which foods are healthy unless you teach them. Give them a varied diet, based on fresh whole foods, where meals are cooked from scratch. Don’t beat yourself up over the occasional treat. To truly look after your child’s health your must first value your own health! Lead by example to help your child develop a love for whole fresh foods that will last them a lifetime.

I recently visited with a friend who I always thought was a healthy eater and she openly states that her children eat a great diet. However, I realized that she, along with a lot of other people, have the wrong idea about what is healthy. For instance, wheat is not a health food. It is highly processed no matter what the weetabix box says or how strong your muscles will be if you eat Nutrigrain. Dairy is not a health food – the calcium molecules are too big to be absorbed by the human body and pasteurization has killed any nutrients left in the liquid. Orange juice is not a healthy drink. Pasteurisation has killed the vitamin C and it’s usually got a lot of sugar in it. Even natural sugars are not great in large amounts. That’s not to say you can’t consume wheat or dairy sometimes, but many parents will give their children wheat 6 or more times in a day – cereal, muesli snack bar, sandwich, flapjack afternoon tea, pasta dinner, cheese and biscuits pre-bedtime for instance. These foods are all processed and unhealthy and eating them so regularly triggers food intolerance. The usual culprits are wheat and dairy but once food intolerance starts, the body can become intolerant to healthy foods like broccoli and pineapple.

Her children suffered from regularly blocked sinus, stomach aches and eczema. I’m certain that they have food intolerance which, when cured, would reverse the symptoms.

Here’s an example of what my family (children under 10) regularly eat:

Breakfast of Scrambled egg with ‘hidden’ zucchini & cauliflower, organic yogurt (probiotic) followed by apple pieces (remember protein is what fills them up, not carbohydrates)

Snack of gluten free crackers with cashew nut spread

Lunch of organic, wholemeal sandwich with tuna and lettuce plus a mango hedgehog

Snack of frozen grapes, almonds and cucumber dipped in homemade avocado dip

Dinner of organic chicken casserole using pureed carrot, broccoli & red peppers as the ‘sauce’ over a bed of mixed brown and basmati rice (yes, they find pure brown rice a bit chewy still).

I promise you, armed with advice and recipes, you can do it too! But first, check for food intolerance because if it’s left untreated, you or your child’s current symptoms will remain and more severe symptoms will develop over time.

Disclaimer: The use of this information is not a substitute for health advice. Please consult your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider for specific medical advice. The information should be used in conjunction with guidance from your medical practitioner as he/she will be aware of your unique personal medical history.

 

Benefit Of Organic Food

The benefits of eating organic foods are numerous. With it becoming more and more popular to eat organically, it is becoming easier and a little more affordable to purchase organic foods. Local farmers’ markets, health food stores, and even Walmart cater to those who eat organically.

Organic crops mean the foods are grown in safe soil, without any additives or alterations. Organic livestock means that the meats you eat have been fed organic ally and have had lived naturally (i.e., outdoor). While many foods are deemed “organic,” only those which meet the above criteria are stamped with the USDA approval for organic. In stores, you can be assured that foods with the USDA Organic sticker are at least ninety percent organic.

Support local farmers

Because most organic foods are grown and sold locally, it promotes and supports farmers in your surrounding area. With a drastic drop in people living on farms, this helps keep the remaining farmers in business. Supporting local farmers also encourages less government intervention in the foods you eat. By purchasing foods from organic farmers, it sends a statement that you are willing to pay a little more in order to be healthy and refuse to have interference on what is sprayed on fruits and vegetables and fed to animals.

Environment

Organically grown foods also benefit our environment in many important ways. One is it helps keep our water safe to drink. Water is the most important liquid on the earth, and it is vital to ensure its purity. When pesticides sprayed onto plants and medicated animals defecate, these harmful chemicals make their ways into the water system. With organic farming, this does not occur, and plays an important part in keeping water clean for our ecosystem.

It follows if our water is affected by chemical processes, then the soil is as well. If the soil is contaminated, then whatever feeds off of it or is grown in it has the likelihood of being polluted. This also means organic foods make it safer for wildlife.

Higher nutrient levels

Whether or not organic foods have higher nutrient levels than treated foods is a highly debated topic. However, many treated foods give the appearance of being more nutritious because they are bigger. Do not be deserved by size, though. Most treated fruits and vegetables are larger due to a higher content of water. While organics are smaller, they still are packed with nutrients-just minus the deceptive water size.

Absence of food colorings

Many treated foods have vibrant, healthy-looking colors. However, you bite into them only to find that they are either over-ripe or under-ripe. In these cases, food colorings have been added to the fruit or vegetables to make them appear healthy and convince you to purchase them. Organic foods do not have food colorings. What you see sitting in front of you is exactly what you are getting.

Better taste

If you are only going for taste, organically grown foods have a much richer taste than treated foods. Most organic foods are fresh because they are usually locally grown. The majority of people will agree that fresh foods are hands down significantly more lush and tasty than preserved foods. Plus, because organic foods do not have all the additives and are instead grown as they were originally meant to be, they taste better.

No pesticides

Even after you have washed or even peeled foods which have been previously treated with pesticides, there can still be a remnant of pesticides left which can affect you. The Environmental Working Group has studied the effect of pesticides on foods and has determined the top twelve fruits and vegetables which are the most effected by pesticides. In order from highest, they are apples, bell peppers, carrots, celery, cherries, imported grapes, kale, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, and strawberries.

Pesticides build up inside your body and create health problems, which can progressively grow as you eat more and more non-organic foods over the years. Problems which can occur include birth defects, and headaches. Babies, children, and pregnant women are especially prone to pesticide-related health issues. Because pesticides add stress to already weak immune systems (such as in babies or pregnant women), the chance to get sick is much easier. Pregnant women also need to be aware that pesticide-treated foods which they eat can also be transmitted to their child while pregnant or nursing.

By eating organic foods, you can rest assured that they are free from pesticides.

No antibiotics

Antibiotics are commonly injected into animals. These antibiotics can then be transferred into your body when you eat the meat. A bombardment of antibiotics actually makes your body immune to the effects of antibiotics. Consequently, when you need to take antibiotics to fight disease, your body is unable to use them.

Organic farmers who raise cattle or chickens or other animals for meat feed their animals natural foods the way they were originally meant to eat, and they do no inject antibiotics. Consequently, meats coming from organic farms are free from antibiotics.

No hormones

To meet the high demand for meat, commercial, non-organic farms give their animals hormone-injected feed in order to make them grow bigger and faster. While this may work for production, it translates into your children’s hormones maturing faster.

As organic farmers do not use antibiotics, they also allow their animals to grow naturally. No problems with hormones with organic meat.

More antioxidants

Non-organic foods have fewer antioxidants than organic foods. This is because the longer foods sit out in the store, the less antioxidants left. Organic foods are fresh and must be eaten faster. Consequently, they are higher in antioxidants.

Antioxidants help boost your health, including fighting heart disease. There are even studies which seem to indicate that antioxidants can fight cancer.

Reduce health risks

Obviously, if there are not pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics treated into your foods, the benefits of avoiding these products will help you avoid many debilitating-if not deadly-health risks. While many people will argue there is not that big of a difference in health risks between organic and treated foods, there have not been definite studies to show that the treated substances put into our foods are not detrimental in the long run. By purchasing organic foods, you steer clear of the possibility of harming your family’s and your health.

Knowledge

Knowledge is power. By knowing what we are purchasing, by what we are putting into our bodies, we have the ability to choose how to protect our health and lifestyles.

 

All About Fast Food

McDonald’s commissioned an independent television production company to produce a one-hour special where six random Australians were given the task of investigating the entire food-making process. Whilst McDonald’s funded the project, and their food-making processes were the ones scrutinised, it’s clear very little was hidden from these independent ‘food critics’. This program showed that McDonald’s food, and probably most major fast-food chain offerings, is actually relatively healthy – and more hygienic and fresher than we think.

Fast food companies have always gone to great lengths to convince the eating public of the wholesomeness of their food. It’s an incredibly profitable business. But, one of the business risks, in a health-conscious age, is having a reputation tainted by thought that your food is unhealthy or, worse, disgusting.

So, typical fast food – in the main – is safe for consumption and may be moderately healthy. But why do we feel unhealthy having eaten it? Compared to a serving of grandma’s pot roast where we felt sated and fulfilled, fast food tends to leave us feeling unfulfilled, spiritually.

I have a thesis about food: the only prepared food profitable to us is the food cooked with love. That is, food cooked for a known individual to eat. Food cooked with them in mind. It’s food that has soul.

FOOD SHOULD BE PREPARED WITH PRIDE

In the healthiest sense, proud is the cook that makes their food to please the eater. They have a vested interest in everything they do. They want to create it tasty, hygienic, and aesthetic on the plate. They care. They cook their food with love. And they want their food eaten with love and respect for the process.

Fast food, on the other hand, is an unloved child whose parent neither loves the food, their work, nor the receiver of the food. It’s made with no soul or spirit. It may fill our bellies and nourish our bodies, but the experience of eating fast food does nothing to nourish our souls.

We ought to become keen observers of how food makes us feel, and although food of itself doesn’t make us evil, our practices can sometimes make us feel that way. Feeling bloated or dry in the mouth or queasy are all psychosomatic signs that the experience of eating certain food hasn’t been positive. The food hasn’t served its nourishing purpose.

THE SERVICE THAT COMES WITH THE FOOD

Whenever we go to takeaway restaurants, not only is the food not cooked with love, it’s often not served with love. Patrons are commonly treated as second-class citizens; mainly because the person serving them has no propriety. They’ve not been trained to care.

Wherever we go in life it pays, as much as possible, to place ourselves in situations and circumstances of good experience. Enriching experience is good for the soul. Placing ourselves in non-enriching experiences, though, leads to a deadening of the soul. The service that comes with the food is just as important as the eating experience is. The service, too, must come with love.

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The trouble with fast food is it’s generally not cooked nor served with love. Often it’s prepared and cooked by people with no stake in its consumption. Eating food is a spiritual activity. If we care enough for ourselves and those we love we limit our reliance on fast food. We’ll still eat it, perhaps, but less so.

Our dietary habits are key inputs to our spirituality. When we eat food made with love we profit. Food made without love cannot profit us spiritually.