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Strange Things That Can Trigger Food Allergies

By Sara Butler

Gluten is a popular topic these days, and though it’s certainly been overblown, it has helped scientists understand how food issues in the gut emerge. Some people are definitely allergic to gluten, also called celiac disease, and all the research done over the past few years related to this phenomenon has helped the understanding of food allergies in general. Here’s what you should really know about the world of food allergies!

What is a Food Allergy?

When you suffer from a food allergy it means the body responds to certain foods by creating an antibody. That antibody triggers the release of histamine in the body, leading to symptoms such as shortness of breath, hives, and others. It’s a common reaction to people who are allergic to foods such as nuts, shellfish, eggs, and milk.

When you have food intolerance, it means the digestive system cannot create the enzymes required to break down food properly. It can cause abdominal bloating, pain, and diarrhea. A common food intolerance is lactose intolerance. Food intolerances among adults are far more common than food allergies.

Antibiotics

Your digestive system houses billions of bacteria known as a microbiome. It’s very important to your health because it helps the body to break down and digest food properly. When you’re put on an antibiotic for an infection, it can wipe out useful gut bacteria right along with the bad stuff. This can cause problems with your digestion, including new allergies to food that may not have existed before.

The jury is still out on the connection between antibiotics and newly triggered food allergies, but one thing is for sure – when on antibiotics, make sure you work to restore your microbiome to healthy levels through diet. Eat foods rich in probiotics to help get that balance of gut bugs back up to speed.

Ticks

A bite from the Lone Star Tick can trigger a new allergy – to red meat! The immune system will recognize the tick’s saliva as an invader and one component of the saliva is something also contained in red meat. That means that any time after you’ve been bitten and you eat red meat that your body recognizes it as a threat and you have symptoms of an allergic reaction. So, keep those ticks away this summer!

If you develop new allergies at any point, always get them checked out by a medical professional!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rowlett, Tex. 

 

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