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Allergy Myths and Facts

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With spring approaching next season, allergies are a huge concern for many people. People who suffer from allergies take precautions to lessen or prevent the symptoms, but it is important to be aware of which ones of these precautions actually work. The following are a few myths you may have heard about allergies:

  1. You outgrow allergies as you get older: Allergies happen when your immune system is exposed  to the presence of the allergen, such as pollen, or mold. As you get older and your immune system starts to get weaker, your body doesn’t react as strongly to the allergens.
  2. Allergy tests are the only way to find out what you’re allergic to: The results from allergy tests are not the only things that should be taken into consideration. Other factors should be taken into consideration when trying to determine allergens such as medical history or a physical exam.
  3. Being allergic to certain foods is the same thing as having food sensitivities: Being allergic to something means your immune system is reacting to the allergen, involving organs) and systems and can even be life threatening. Food sensitivity is different because it only involves your digestive system
  4. It is easy to tell the difference between allergies and other conditions: Hay fever, also referred to as allergic rhinitis has some symptoms that are very similar to those of allergies. For example, hay fever can cause itchy eyes, throat or ears which is very similar to what allergies feel like.

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Celiac Disease

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We have all heard of people who are on gluten free diet; there are some who follow this diet by choice and others who follow this diet because they have no choice. Those who must follow a gluten free diet for their well being have celiac disease. Celiac disease is when someone is essentially gluten intolerant. If someone with celiac disease were to eat gluten it would cause the immune system to attack the person’s small intestine, which could cause many of the following issues: rashes, abdominal pain, and in severe cases, even death.

celiac disease ribbonIf you are diagnosed with celiac disease you shouldn’t panic as there are more options in grocery stores and restaurants for those who are gluten free. Gluten free diets are being normalized so it’s not too rare now.

On the other hand, if you are following a gluten free diet by choice, you may be omitting some important nutrients, such as fiber and whole grains. Some reports indicate that following a gluten free diet is healthier and in some cases it can be, but you could also be eating more unnecessary calories and more added sugars when consuming prepackaged, gluten-free foods. Always read the labels so you know what you are eating.  Additionally, whole foods are typically better and more nutritious then any type of packaged and processed food.

Remember not to be alarmed if you are diagnosed with celiac disease, because you have many options nowadays.  Those with celiac and on a restricted diet indicate that living gluten-free is pretty easy and eventually you won’t even miss gluten. If you are living gluten-free by choice consider making exceptions to get important nutrients you cannot get in gluten free diets.

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Food Intolerance or Allergy?

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Food intolerance is difficulty digesting different foods, or in other words  non-allergic food hypersensitivity. Food intolerance differs from food allergies because it doesn’t trigger the immune system and allergies do. An example would be people who are lactose intolerant. It can often be difficult to determine whether you are suffering from an allergy or if you are intolerant to certain foods. One important difference when deciding which one you have is that food intolerance takes longer to emerge than allergies. Allergy symptoms occur relatively quickly while food intolerance can take up to 48 hours to show. You may experience bloating, migraines, irritable bowel, and hives among many other things. Food intolerance can often be chronic while allergies can be outgrown. One out of five people outgrow their peanut allergy. However, some people with intolerance to certain foods have found that abstaining from these foods for a while and then reintroducing them has built tolerance, so they no longer suffer side effects after consuming it. There are blood tests you may have done in order to determine whether or not you are sensitive to any foods. These tests are called Alcat and they are offered on our website www.HealthOneLabs.com

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