A food allergy is an immune response to a particular food or drink, similar to the immune response against the body itself in a patient with lupus. Do not confuse food allergies with food intolerances; They are different. When food intolerance occurs, it is not caused by the immune system and is simply an adverse response by the body to a certain food (such as lactose intolerance).
You have to take care of yourself; having lupus or any autoimmune disease makes you particularly susceptible to food allergies and these allergic reactions can trigger flares.
There are many ways to determine food allergies and the symptoms they produce. According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, you should look for the following 7 symptoms for up to two hours of food.
Food allergy symptoms to watch out for:
o Tingling sensation in the mouth
o Swelling of the tongue and throat
o Difficulty breathing
o Vomiting, abdominal cramps or diarrhea
o Sudden drop in blood pressure
o Loss of consciousness
If you suspect you have a food allergy, it’s important to work with a health professional, because while simply cutting that food from your diet can alleviate the symptoms, it won’t address the potential allergy itself.
The allergy test is simpler than it seems. You may be afraid of needles, but in most cases you don’t even have to see them!
Common allergy testing methods:
Pin Prick allergy test
In the pinprick skin test, the doctor places a small drop of the substance (in this case food) to which you may be allergic to the skin and then pricks you with a fine needle. He or she will then wait a few minutes to see if a reaction develops, which is usually localized in the form of redness and swelling.
RAST Allergy Test
The RAST test is another allergy test that requires a blood sample sent to a laboratory, where specialized tests are performed to determine allergies.
The test of allergic impulses at home
Another easy way to get an indication of a food allergy is by using the allergic pulse test at home. This is done by checking the heart rate before and after eating. When keeping your heart rate under control while challenging different foods, you can often determine possible food reactions. However, it is important not to use or rely on this test if you have a history of strong allergic reactions, especially anaphylaxis (a potentially life-threatening allergic reason that causes throat swelling).
To test the pulse on yourself, simply take your pulse before eating a meal to establish the basic pulse rate (or control).
It’s best to eat only one food, then check your heart rate again for 15, 30 and 60 minutes later. If you see an increase of more than 10 beats faster than your base pulse, it means that you are probably allergic to that food.
An obvious problem is that you may want to eat more than one food at a time. Go ahead and eat that meal, and again do your heart rate test before and after the meal as above. This way you will be able to determine if foods have no effect or if there are foods that create a reaction with a high heart rate.
To start testing your food reactions, a simple natural diet is the way to go. Follow meals that don’t require much work and only include a few simple ingredients.
If you find a pulse increase, it is a good idea to test each food separately in order to narrow down which food ingredient is the culprit for that meal.
Make sure you always keep a diary with you, so you can keep a proper log and learn to identify which foods, if any, are triggering a glow. Beware, however, food triggers and their reactions can change, so it’s difficult to catch. However, this test is a great start for taking control of unnecessary rockets that result from food allergies.
It is best to partner with an experienced wellness specialist to help you maintain your health plan and get additional support for answering your health questions when needed.
90% of all food allergies are caused by only eight foods!
Yes, it’s true. Only 8 common foods are the culprits of most food allergies. These are milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts (such as walnuts, cashews and pistachios), fish, shellfish, soybeans and wheat. You should also avoid spicy foods, processed foods (such as American cheese), alcohol, chocolate and caffeine if you have Lupus. I know it doesn’t sound funny at all, but all of these have the potential to confuse the immune system and have unexpected effects on your body. This is the last thing you need to worry about with lupus!
One way to remember these foods is by remembering the term “DONGS” which means:
Dairy products: cow’s milk and related products, goat’s milk and related products, eggs
Ocean: fish, shellfish
Walnuts: peanuts, walnuts
Cereals: soy, wheat, wheat, rye, oats, barley, anything called “gluten”
Spices: paprika, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, cola, licorice, mustard, oregano, peppers, poppy seeds and sage
Now that I have told you all the no-nos … we can examine some of the foods you can eat and enjoy without fear of stimulating your immune system. Foods like brown rice, sweet potatoes and vegetables can prepare delicious dishes full of energy and carbohydrates to get you through the day. For a refreshing drink, why not take some fresh fruit or vegetables and make a nice smoothie or juice drink that will also support your immune system and energy (avoid asparagus, aubergines, onion, courgettes, raw olives and peppers) .
It’s important to maintain your strength so that you can fight lupus all day, not just after eating, so try to consume several smaller meals during the day compared to 2 or 3 heavy meals that rob you of precious energy that you don’t need. I decline.
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