What is a food allergy? It is an abnormal immune reaction to what are normally harmless proteins in foods that repeatedly occur on exposure to the proteins. This reaction can cause symptoms ranging from mild hives and itchiness to severe anaphylaxis symptoms.
Numerous studies validate the fact that changes in gut microbiome (dysbiosis) play an important part in the development of food allergies. Various factors that can cause these issues include:
- Antibiotic use-kills off good along with the bad bacteria
- Lack of exposure to microbes during childhood-don’t have the needed range of bacteria
- Genetically modified foods– the modified proteins can act as allergens
- Synthetic/processed foods– decimate beneficial gut bacteria
There are some great natural remedies and treatments to offset the above dysbiosis issues and help control allergic reactions. Supplements are a good example. Vitamin C boosts the immune system and acts as a natural antihistamine. Vitamin D can reduce the chance of developing allergies because of the effect on the immune system and can help rid the body of allergy symptoms.
A diet higher in complex carbohydrates (beans, whole grains and vegetables) provides needed zinc, vitamin c and beta-carotene which can reduce the risk for allergies. Improving diet by eliminating fried foods, processed/GM foods, sugar and alcohol gives the gut a chance to repopulate beneficial microbes. A quality probiotic (live bacteria and yeasts that are good for the digestive system) can also assist with that process.
The strength of the immune system also depends on proper communication between the brain and spinal cord to coordinate their functions properly. That is why Chiropractic and acupuncture serve as safe, natural and effective treatments for allergies. These treatments release stress on the nervous system, decrease inflammation and release endorphins (feel good chemicals) and serotonin which is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in digestive and mood health.
Our office is able to provide blood testing to test for food intolerances and sensitivities and then offer guidance based on the results of these tests.A healthy and diverse gut microbiome is associated with fewer allergic symptoms. Upsetting the gut’s natural mix of helpful bacteria and fungi can cause allergies to develop. Being mindful of what you are putting in your body and incorporating some of the above treatment options can greatly help you get control of your food allergies and improve gut health.