This condition is due to weak immune and nervous systems, and poor digestion—that creates toxins in the body. These systems are weakened through taking antibiotics, junk food and food additives, pollution, anxiety, worry, and stressful lifestyle. Children born to mothers with weak immune systems and allergies may also exhibit these conditions; though breast-fed children are less likely to develop food allergies.
Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body's immune system. Allergic reactions to food can sometimes cause serious illness and death. Tree nuts and peanuts are the leading causes of deadly allergic reactions called anaphylaxis.
Those having the most delicate nervous systems, are more likely to have food allergies. There may be a parallel emotion of not feeling nurtured. Those with weak digestive fire, may also exhibit food allergies.
Gas, indigestion, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, congestion, skin rashes, headaches. The complex process of digestion affects the timing, location, and particular symptoms of an allergic reaction to food. All of the symptoms of food allergy occur within a few minutes to an hour of eating. A food allergy can initially be experienced as an itching in the mouth and difficulty swallowing and breathing. Then, during digestion of the food in the stomach and intestines, symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain can start. Incidentally, the gastrointestinal symptoms of food allergy are those that are most often confused with the symptoms of different types of food intolerance.
Certain foods are more likely to cause allergic reactions such as milk and wheat (difficult to digest), corn, soy; nightshades (contain alkaloids) such as eggplant, tomato; strawberries, peaches. Beans, apricots. Dairy, wheat, and other Kapha increasing foods.
Initially, persons need to avoid the foods that cause allergic reactions, while taking herbs to improve the digestion (e.g., cardamom, coriander), calm the nerves (e.g., Brahmi), and improve the immune system (e.g., Guduchi). Adopt good food plan, exercise, and reduce stress. Therapies listed under malabsorption are used here. Once the allergies are diminished, stronger immune-boosting herbs like Shatavari and Ashwagandha can be taken.