WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Food allergy'?
The most common allergens tend to be foods that are difficult to digest, such as peanuts, wheat and dairy. Few people are allergic to easily digested foods. However, there are some exceptions to this rule with notable examples including shellfish and oranges.
Difficult to digest foods strain the digestive organs and tend to sit stagnant in the gut. The longer a food lays stagnant in the digestive tract, the more the body starts to perceive it as a foreign invader.
Stagnant food also ferments in the intestines, leading to gas, bloating and the formation of metabolic wastes (ama). The spongy small intestine absorbs these wastes into the bloodstream where they circulate and effect all organs, particularly the liver.
The liver struggles to process the influx of toxins, and the immune system may be activated to assist the liver in cleanup. A high volume of these metabolic toxins overwhelms the liver and stresses the immune system, making a person highly reactive and likely to develop an allergy.
Allergies may also develop after an episode of severe indigestion which compromises your digestive function. Gut inflammation and leaky gut syndrome bring your immune system into close contact with the food you've eaten, creating an opportunity for an allergy to develop.
A history of viral infections can overstimulate the immune system and leave your body predisposed to allergic reactions. Certain viral infections, such as mono, remain in the body for life, usually in a latent or inactive state. The immune system never completely gets a chance to relax after that. Stress and other autoimmune disorders can overstimulate the immune system as well.
Many allergies can actually become addictive, making the offending food incredibly difficult to omit from the diet. A simple way to begin to work with food allergies is to try an elimination diet. Observe this diet of easy to digest meals with five or less ingredients for one week. Avoid eating any processed foods.
Slowly begin to add the difficult foods back in one by one. Give each one a full 48 hours in your system before introducing the next. Keep a food journal during this time and make note of all digestive symptoms and troublesome foods.
A kitchari cleanse can scrub the digestive tract of lingering wastes and reduce high ama levels that are likely irritating the liver and immune system. Avipattikar churna strengthens digestion and reduce ama formation without creating excess heat or provoking an already inflamed GI.
Herbs such as shatavari, licorice root or Joyful Belly's Food Allergy Healing Tea may be appropriate to reduce long standing inflammation in the digestive tract and soothe the liver. For healing and rejuvenating the intestines following food allergies, amalaki is Ayurveda's top choice. For long term management of allergies, generally a Pitta pacifying diet of easy to digest foods and 10 habits for healthy digestion.
Disclaimer: 'Food allergy' could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
DIET REMEDIES FOR 'FOOD ALLERGY'
PRODUCT REMEDIES FOR 'FOOD ALLERGY'
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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA HEAL 'FOOD ALLERGY'?
AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTS
With Food allergy, one or more of the following
and qualities may be aggravated.
If you have an imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda recommends avoiding foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate that quality and/or dosha.
These imbalanced doshas and qualities may need to be brought back into balance before this condition can be healed.
Click on the quality to learn what foods and
lifestyle habits should be avoided.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak. Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
V = VATA, P = PITTA, K = KAPHA
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FAVOR DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL EFFECTSEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Food allergy', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.
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DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
Heart & Circulation:
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
STYPTICA herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
HEPATOPROTECTIVEAn herb that is capable of preventing liver damage.
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
Lung and Sinus:
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE 3FOOD ALLERGY IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 3 - ATTACKING TISSUE
If you have symptoms in this category it means that your imbalances are becoming stronger and weakening your body's resistance. Most people have a weakness in one or more organs. These areas of weakness are the 'weak link in the chain.' They are first to succumb when an imbalance reaches a tipping point. Repairing imbalances in this category often represent your last opportunity to prevent disease. At any moment, these imbalances could overwhelm weakened tissue and develop into a disease. You may feel pain or discomfort in the weakened area. At this stage you will need to support the weakened tissue with specialized foods and herbs for the weakened tissue.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Food allergy'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKSARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?
WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic, systemic approach, instead of myopically focusing on the disorder in question. Ayurveda shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of gunas / qualities. For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
Comments & Personal ExperiencesHow does 'food allergy' affect your quality of life? What aggravates it? What has helped you? Is there something you'd like to know about 'food allergy'?