Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
Natural Remedies to Cure Food Intolerances
The difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance is that the former involves an immune response. Food intolerance primarily concerns the digestive system. However, the digestive system is closely tied to our immune system and all the rest of the body's organs and functions, so the symptoms can be very similar.
"Food intolerance or food sensitivity is a negative reaction to a food that may or may not be related to the immune system or to food poisoning. It can be caused by the absence of specific chemicals or enzymes needed to digest a food substance, or to the body's responses to certain food constituents (chemicals) both natural or artificial.
Symptoms of food intolerance vary greatly, and can be mistaken for the symptoms of a food allergy. While true allergies are associated with fast-acting immunoglobulin IgE responses, it can be difficult to determine the offending food causing an intolerance because if the immune system is involved, the response is likely to be IgG mediated and takes place over a prolonged period of time. Thus the causative agent and the response are separated in time, and may not be obviously related. A deficiency in digestive enzymes can also cause some types of food intolerances. Lactose intolerance is a result of the body not producing enough lactase used to break down the lactose in milk. Gluten intolerance results in damage to villi in the small intestine, which makes it difficult for the body to absorb water and nutrients from foods. Another type of food intolerance is an intolerance to food chemicals such as salicylates or salicylate sensitivity. Salicylates are chemicals that can occur naturally in many foods. Salicylate sensitivity causes many symptoms the most common of which are: hives, stomach pain, head aches, mouth ulcers, and it has even been linked to ADD and ADHD." (Wikipedia)
[YEA] For acne, the best solution is having a blood test for food intolerances. Then completely cut out the foods you are intolerant to. It takes less than a week to see results. It took me years of struggling to finally discover this simple solution. I hope this helps people.
This may seem like a ridiculous question but I am trying to find away to be able to continue to enjoy a few glasses of organic wine or a high quality beer a night without the adverse health effects that I experience. For the past 8 years when I drink alcohol I am almost always unable to sleep that evening. I get rapid heart beats, palpitations, racing thoughts, difficulty breathing, anxiety, pulsations and other upsetting symptoms. When I wake in the morning I feel like I am lucky to have survived.
I am 40 years old, currently have minor mitral valve prolapse and I think that I may be allergic to alcohol. This is unfortunate since I have been drinking regularly for twenty plus years, never get "drunk" and really enjoy drinking. Drinking for me is something that helps me to "lighten up, " relax, quiet my mind, reduce anxiety, get present and enjoy myself. I like the lifestyle and the taste. Despite the terrible negative consequences I have continued to drink moderately hoping that "this time it will be different. " I have tried various supplements, drink lots of water but does not seem to help. Very frustrating that I cannot be like so many others who seem to drink without issue. After being up all last night with terrible symptoms (pulsations, heart rate raised, racing thoughts) my wife has said to me that she cannot stand to watch me suffer like this any more.
I probably should say goodbye to my love affair with beer and wine but before I do I was wondering if anyone knew of anything I could try and/or take that may mitigate the symptoms that I experience after drinking alcohol? Thank you for any guidance.