Food is not food the way it once was. Our digestive systems are not the same either, having been bombarded with toxins, environmental pollutants, stress hormones and likely antibiotics on more than one occasion. It is no wonder that food allergies are becoming more and more common as consumables in unnatural and processed states become increasingly available and more the ‘norm’ in how to eat. Food allergies are a signal that the body is responding to food as if it is a foreign invader, a problem with the immune system. The lining of the intestines are likely leaking undigested food into the blood stream, so this is why food allergies cannot just be avoided, they must be healed at the root, otherwise they may sprout again in another form later on.
In the United States alone, it is reported that somewhere around 15 million people have some sort of food allergen. Every three minutes, someone is admitted to an emergency room for problems caused by a food allergy. The numbers are on the rise, and though the medical industry claims not to know why this is and fails to acknowledge possible cures for food allergies, the reason for their appearance seems to be well known. Most common food allergens are corn, eggs, soy, dairy, seafood, peanuts and other tree nuts and gluten – currently. Yes, there are others, though these seem to be the most widely spread types. When a food is brought into the digestive system that the immune system sees as a threat, it is attacked as a foreign molecule. Why would the immune system see common foods as threats and invaders?
When the body’s digestive system is not functioning properly, and not breaking down foods to easily absorbable parts, the food instead enters the bloodstream in what would be termed an ‘undigested state.’ Since the food was not properly dealt with in the digestive tract, the body does not know what to do with it in the form being presented – such as undigested proteins which have not been broken down into their amino acid states.
How do food allergies occur?
Our digestive systems are lined with specific bacteria combinations and enzyme excreting glands which help us to produce chemicals and break down food. If the balance of the digestive flora is upset and we either have too little friendly bacteria, or too much out of control bacteria, such as candida, we will experience problems in the digestive system. If we are not creating the proper enzymes, food will not be properly disassembled. Without the proper balance of friendly flora and enzyme release, food particles do not break down properly.
This balance can be upset, for one, by the use of antibiotics, which wipes out not only ‘bad’ bacteria, but also the good bacteria. Medications can kill intestinal flora, as can chemicals in certain processed foods. Excessive sugar and alcohol intake could upset the sensitive balance of flora, as can negative emotional and mental states, lack of proper nutrition, radiation treatment and exposure to heavy metals – even in the case of mercury dental fillings.
When the flora and enzyme balance in the body is out of kilter, we become susceptible to allergies of all kinds – especially food allergies. Our bodies have now lost their first line of defense, and that is a healthy digestive system. When we eat foods, the enzymes and friendly flora not only break down foods to their simple, absorbable states, but they help to kill germs, isolate invaders and cleanse the system out from unclean microbes. This cannot be the case when the digestive flora and enzymatic system is compromised.
When we become allergic to a specific food, be sure it is just the first one on the list, as it is the digestive system and not the food itself which is harming the body. If foods are avoided, such as corn, eggs, wheat, etc. – well, that is fine initially. Eventually however, the body will find harm with another common edible and the process of allergic reactions will begin again. Food allergies cannot just be avoided forever without taking any further steps of action. This is fine in the beginning, to feel comfort and open up space for healing, but healing must be a priority.
How do you heal a food allergy?
Taking into account the upset of digestive enzymes and friendly bacteria, it is important to find ways to reset these systems and replenish the body’s ability to produce such a state. The ph balance in the body must be harmonized and foods which could prevent such balance need to be cut out for a bit in order to re-calibrate. It is possible, however. One simple approach is the incorporation of what is called the GAPS diet, or Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet. This diet helps one to go in and heal the leaky gut, seal it up and enjoy healthy digestion once again.
According to the GAPS diet system, once the walls of the digestive system are compromised, there is no telling what foods you are actually allergic to, because the process will keep being repeated with food after food. Fermented foods are a big part of the healing GAPS diet because they assist the body in restoring friendly bacteria. Homemade soup stocks, ginger tea, eggs and vegetables along with the fermented foods and ghee – an Indian clarified butter – are all foods that assist one in healing a leaky gut.
If you have food allergies of any kind this information should be cause to rejoice! It is important to realize why food allergies cannot just be avoided forever, but must be healed, so as to not confront further troubles in the future. The great news is, they can be. Doctors will try to tell you that there is no cure for food allergies and that you should simply avoid the foods. Though this may be true initially, it does not have to be your fate for the rest of your life. Check out the GAPS diet system (link below) as many many people have found relief and healing by incorporating its methods. The gut can be healed and whole health can be realized again in every suffering person.
(The claims made in this article are not meant to diagnose, cure or treat and are the opinion and research of the author and other health care providers. If you have food allergies, take them seriously and talk to a professional, including your inner wisdom about making positive changes to heal.)
Written by: Stasia Bliss