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Allergies and Food Intolerances

Food allergies and intolerances

Food allergies and intolerances

The word allergy is derived from Greek with ‘allos’ meaning different and ‘ergos’ meaning action, so when something foreign enters your body it has to take action by responding to that alien substance. 

The earliest definition of ‘allergy’ was an ‘inappropriate response by the body to a perfectly harmless substance’. But nowadays it is defined as a specific response by the immune system to a substance (inhaled, touched or eaten) that it mistakenly identifies as harmful.

Well known examples would be very severe reactions to peanuts or shellfish where the response is immediate, doesn’t depend on how much of the food has been eaten and symptoms can include difficulty breathing, rashes, swelling, runny nose and possible anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal.

These partially digested foods produce opioid chemicals that increase your appetite and decrease your metabolism. The more you eat the worse it gets and these foods can make you feel ‘high’ and can produce cravings.

How can you check if you have a food allergy or an intolerance?

There is another type of reaction to food, called food intolerances. With these reactions there can be a delay in the onset of the symptoms (from four to 72 hours), and the foods are often eaten in larger amounts and more frequently.

Symptoms can be varied, from bloating, diarrhoea, constipation and flatulence to lethargy, arthritis, fatigue, skin rashes, eczema, joint and muscle pains, recurrent infections, anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, water retention, headaches, migraines and just generally feeling unwell.

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Magnesium deficiency

magnesium deficiency

Nuts contain good levels of magnesium

ACCORDING to the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey eleven percent of women and 16 percent of men are magnesium deficient. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle weakness, cramps, depression and fatigue. 

Magnesium is very important as it keeps your heart rhythm steady, is vital for healthy bones and teeth, muscle function, the nervous system and the production of ATP. It also has a profound impact on our psychological health.

The figures were even worse for young people, particularly young women, with 51 per cent of girls aged between 11 and 18 thought to have an inadequate intake, compared with 28 per cent of boys.

Our modern eating habits, with their excess salt, coffee and alcohol can also lower our magnesium levels, according to a review of international research by the University of Maryland Medical Centre, as they encourage urination which in turn washes away the mineral. Consumption of low magnesium foods such as commercially prepared baked goods also contribute to deficiencies.

Make sure you include magnesium-rich foods in your diet such as dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fish and beans. If you are taking magnesium supplements it is important to take it in an absorbable form and to make sure you are also getting the correct ratio of calcium.

www.natcen.ac.uk/media/978078/ndns-y3-report_all-text-docs-combined.pdf
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/magnesium-000313.htm

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