Allergies are common; approximately
one in three people have some form of allergy. The most
common cause of allergy are the allergy provoking foods
we eat every day. Other forms of allergy include environmental
substances such as house dust mites, mould, synthetic chemicals.
True allergies are immune related. Food
intolerances may not be related to the immune system. However,
food intolerances can equally cause symptomatic manifestations.
The classic symptoms of allergy are skin
rashes, hay fever, rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma and eczema.
Severe food allergies can elicit an immediate response such
as gastrointestinal upsets; throat swelling which may be
life threatening and these are known as type 1 hypersensitivity
reactions due to Ig E antibodies.
Hidden allergies are not Ig E based.
There is evidence that Ig G antibodies may play a role in
A number of theories suggest:
1) Leaky Gut Syndrome
The gut is involved in the digestion and processing of
food. It is the largest lymphoid organ in the body and
enables the body to extract nutrients from food and detoxify
harmful substances. Consumption of alcohol, aspirin use,
essential fatty acid deficiency, and gastroenteritis and
Candida infection of gut may lead to leaky gut as they
affect the intercellular joints between gut cells.
2) Digestive Enzymes
Some people who are sensitive to man made chemicals produce
insufficient digestive enzymes, leading to large undigested
food molecules reaching the gut wall.
Undigested food causes localized reaction
in gut, increases the amount of molecules entering the
blood stream or supply food to undesirable bacteria and
candida in gut. Zinc, a trace element is essential for
the production of hydrochloric acid in stomach.
3) Cross Reactions
Environmental pollution increases the risk of inhalation
allergies. It is well known that hay allergies are more
common in polluted areas. This is because exposure to
exhaust fumes, smoke makes a pollen allergic person more
sensitive. This may be a result of stressed immune system
or a cross reaction to other allergens.
The most common allergy provoking foods are Gluten grains,
cow’s milk, nuts, eggs, soy, maize, yeast, shellfish
and white fish. Some foods when ingested, causes histamine
release and trigger classical allergic symptoms, these include
lectins (in peanuts) shellfish, tomatoes, pork, alcohol,
chocolate, pineapple, papaya, buckwheat, sunflower, mango