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How To Avoid Food Allergy

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Adverse food reactions, also called food allergies and food intolerances, affect millions of people, and are believed to cause a variety of common health complaints and diseases. Many nutritionists and physicians suggested various methods to avoid food allergy. All these methods are briefly described in the following lines.

Some health care practitioners prescribe an Elimination Diet followed by food challenges. In an Elimination Diet, any food that is suspected of causing an allergy or intolerance is eliminated for a period of four days to three weeks, until the allergy symptoms are gone. Depending on the severity and type of symptoms, an Elimination Diet may range from moderately to severely restrictive in the amount of foods allowed.

However, Elimination Diets typically include a variety of hypoallergenic foods including lamb, pears, apples, rice, most vegetables, most beans and legumes (except peanuts) and the "non-gluten" grains (for example, millet, quinoa, and amaranth). Once the body has adjusted to the absence of suspected foods, these foods are systematically added back into the diet, and any resulting symptoms are recorded.

An alternative way to manage adverse food reactions is to follow a Rotation Diet, in which problematic foods are eaten only once every four days. An Allergy Avoidance Diet may be especially beneficial to those suffering from migraine.

Although the term "food allergy" is sometimes used to describe all adverse reactions to food, the term is more often used to refer specifically to food reactions that are mediated by the immune system.


Quick Pointers


While the aforementioned methods are theoretically valued, here are some quick pointers, which you can use to avoid food allergy in daily life:


1. Read labels carefully 


Make sure that while purchasing packaged food items, you will go through the labels carefully, including ingredients, varieties, sizes, etc.


2. Watch out for cross-contamination


While purchasing cooked food from a restaurant or take away, make sure that it is not cross contaminated. You can ask the seller about it or observe the kitchen condition yourself to be sure that you are not eating contaminated food.


3. Don't take chances


Eat home cooked food as far as possible to avoid running the risk of food allergy by eating outside.


4. Carry an epinephrine/adrenaline auto-injector device at all times


In case you are a patient of serious food allergy, keep your prescribed medicine or injections handy with you all the time.

Using the mentioned tips to avoid food allergy would be the wisest course to take if you want to lead a comfortable life and not keep visiting hospitals all the time.

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How To Avoid Food Allergy