Any type of allergy is cause for concern; however, food allergies often require additional consideration as there is such a high potential for cross contamination. While you can likely keep most of your allergy symptoms at bay by avoiding trigger foods as if they were a plague, that really is no way to live. To help you treat your allergy symptoms and sensitivities, acidophilus, apple cider vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide are three of the most effective natural remedies.
Common food allergies include:
- Peanuts and tree nuts
- Fish and shellfish
What Causes Food Allergies?
Essentially, an allergy is the natural response of your body to a “foreign” substance, or at least what it deems as foreign. When you experience a food allergy, your immune system erroneously identifies a particular food or substance as something that will harm your body. As the system identifies this potential threat, it releases antibodies to neutralize the foreign substance.
This process creates an engrained response in your body. The next time you eat even a small amount of the food, the antibodies sense it, and signal the immune system.
The immune system releases histamine as well as other chemicals into your bloodstream that are responsible for the allergic responses you experience.
Runny nose, itchy eyes, dry or sore throat, rashes, hives, nausea, diarrhea, trouble breathing, and even anaphylactic shock are all common responses.
Home Remedies for Food Allergies
Most individuals believe that once they have discovered a food allergy they are doomed to a life of food avoidance; however, this doesn’t have to be true. While you must take care when eliminating and reintroducing foods prior to and following treatment, you can work to naturally eliminate food allergies. There are a wide array of different treatment options, but the three most effective we have found are acidophilus, apple cider vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.
Acidophilus is a natural bacteria that is present in the digestive system in varying amounts. It aids in the digestion of foods and the regulation of the digestive process. So, if you are experiencing food allergies, the balance of the natural bacteria in your gut is likely out of whack. A daily supplement of acidophilus or even just adding in more yogurt and fermented foods will alleviate your allergen response to specific foods.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Your system also has trouble tolerating additional onslaughts when its natural pH is out of sync. Apple cider vinegar is a treatment option that helps restore your pH levels as well as replenish important nutrients to promote overall health. You can take 2-3 tablespoons of ACV diluted in water daily with good results.
Please note that apple cider vinegar can also cause a high histamine reaction in some folks, so if you start to experience side effects, discontinue immediately. Read more about ACV side effects here.
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural disinfectant. It helps eradicate any underlying bacterial issues by way of oxidation. It also helps reestablish your natural digestion system.
Be sure to only use diluted food grade hydrogen peroxide mixed with distilled water. Carefully follow directions on the food grade bottle.
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