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Trends in Food Allergy Research

Study: Trends in Food Allergy Research by JUNKO SHIMADA (Life Science and Medical Research Unit)

This week is “National Healthy Eating Week” and I wanted to share with all of you some important insights related to food allergy research. A study conducted by Junko Shimada at the Life Science and Medical Research Unit, regarding important trends in food allergies suggests that the incidence of allergic diseases such as food allergy, atopic dermatitis, bronchial asthma and cedar pollenosis continues to increase in developed countries such as the United States. In particular, food allergy, which is often developed during infancy, and can affect a child’s growth or trigger an “allergic march,” or in other words, the progressive development of multiple allergies.

Currently, it is estimated that over 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies and food sensitivity. Data has also shown that 1 in 13 children are affected by at least 1 food allergy in their lifetime. Now you may be wondering what exactly is a food allergy? Food allergy is an exaggerated immune response induced by the misrecognition of orally ingested food as a foreign substance. Some of the most common food allergies include but are not limited to: eggs, milk, wheat, beans, buckwheat, fruit, seafood and meat. The development of food allergy involves both genetic and environmental factors such as pollution, food contamination, and chemical preservatives added to the different food products. Food allergies cause a hypersensitive reaction that damages our various systems, with symptoms that can include diarrhea, abdominal pain, hives and eczema. Severe cases of food allergy can induce anaphylactic shock, which may lead to death. The best way to stay safe and healthy is to become aware of potential existing allergies and food sensitivities by getting tested! If you would like to learn more information regarding this topic or if you’d like to get tested you can call our office at Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center and our team we’ll be happy to help you schedule an appointment.


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How can probiotics benefit you?

Years of antibacterical overuse, in everything from soup to toothpaste, have left our “good” gut bacteria severely compromised. The thriving population of these bacteria helps not only our digestion, but overall immunity as well. By reinforcing these strong gut soldiers, called probiotics, we strengthen from the inside our defenses against bad bugs, yeast, and other intestinal infections.

Many delicious foods have high levels of these beneficial bacteria, including yogurt, miso, and fermented and unfermented milk. Unfortunately, many of these foods are an acquired taste, and if you don’t appreciate the sour tang, you might not get their health benefits.

A recent meta-analysis of 31 randomized, placebo-controlled studies, published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, found the probiotic S. boulardii could be “strongly recommended for the prevention of antibiotic-assoicated diarrhea and traveler’s diarrhea. Plenty of promising research suggests that probiotics can:

  • keep harmful pathogens from implanting in the intestinal wall
  • improve the function of the mucous lining of the intestinal tract
  • help manage symptoms of IBS
  • help recover from intestinal, vaginal, urinary tract infections
  • help prevent and reduce severity of colds and flu

With the various benefits of probiotics, one should definitely try to incorporate more foods that are high in beneficial bacteria into the diet, or simply spend 5 minutes and picking out a bottle at the store. High-quality probiotics supplements are generally available in the refrigerated sections of your health food store.


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What temperature water do you drink?

We all know that water is good for us, but often most of us don’t give it too much thought of what temperature water is best for our health.

The temperature of water you drink matters. It matters more to those who experiences digestive complaints including indigestion, gas/bloating, constipation, diarrhea. Most would agree that our stomach/small intestine take on the responsibilities of breaking foods into smaller particles and ensuring proper digestion of food and absorption of various crucial nutrients. Their actions are similar to what a stove does for us (yes, a stove from you kitchen). A stove provides energy to cook food to ensure foods are properly digested. The cooking process essentially helps to break down the fibers of meat and vegetables. Now, imaging pouring some ice cold water into a pot of food you have been heating for a while, it will admittedly takes longer and more energy for the pot to heat up again and continue to cook. Similar to our digestive system, the body spends so much energy in heating (digesting) the food we eat. By drinking icy cold water, it immediately slows down the digestive system, preventing proper digestion and absorption. Without proper digestion and absorption of vital nutrients, the body does not have of the resources and building blocks to regenerate, rejuvenate and heal. In the long run, it will put a burden on the other parts of the body. If you are experiencing digestive complaint, consider trying to switching to warm temperature or warm water. Avoid cold or ice water when possible.

On a side note, there are many very powerful reasons to drink lots of water every day. There’s a quick reminder:

1. Weight loss. First of all because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn’t have any calories. But it’s also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, and no sugar.

2. Energy. Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated — and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.

3. Headache cure. In fact, often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.

4. Healthy skin. Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water.

5. Cleansing. Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.


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What can do you naturally to treat IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder of the intestines. IBS is also known as functional colitis, intestinal neurosis, irritable colon, laxative colitis, mucous colitis, nervous indigestion, and spastic colon. The cause is unknown. With IBS, the muscles in the colon do not work normally and may spasm. If you have IBS, your colon may be more sensitive, reacting strongly to food and medication. Food allergies and certain bacteria may add to the symptoms. IBS may also occur after having the stomach flu.

Symptoms usually come and go and range from mild to severe. They include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Gas and bloating
  • Pain that resolves with a bowel movement
  • Loose stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Alternating diarrhea and constipation
  • Urge to move bowels again immediately following a bowel movement
  • Mucus in the stool

These factors may worsen your symptoms:

  • Stress
  • Menstrual periods
  • Large meals or fatty foods
  • Excess gas

The following changes to your diet may help control symptoms:

  • Keep a food diary of what you eat and how your body responds. It will help to identify if you have a food allergy.
  • Make gradual changes to your diet. Record the results.
  • Avoid foods that have caused problems in the past.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that may cause symptoms:
  • High fat foods, spicy foods
  • Dairy products
  • Onions, cabbage, and other gas-producing food
  • Large amounts of alcohol or caffeine
  • Eat foods that may reduce the chance of spasm, such as:
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains and other high-fiber foods (More fiber may increase gas and bloating until your body adjusts.)
  • Eat smaller meals more often or smaller portions.
  • Eat slowly and try not to swallow air.
  • Drink plenty of water. This will help to reduce constipation. General recommendation: you weight / 2 = water in oz/day

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Why food allergen elimination?

The underlying cause of intestinal inflammation and immune dysregulation can often be caused by certain foods that you may have difficulty digesting or to which you may have a sensitivity or allergy. In fact, over 50 percent of the immune system is located in and around the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, when the gastrointestinal immune system is affected by food allergens or intolerances, the systemic immune system is also impacted. In turn, chemical messengers of alarm and inflammation are released by the gastrointestinal associated immune system that enter the bloodstream and can have an effect upon other organs and systems in the body. For example, drinking milk, in susceptible individuals, may trigger the gastrointestinal immune system to release molecules that travel through the blood stream and affect the brain causing disturbances such as changes in mood and cognitive performance. Many people find that eliminating common food allergens helps decrease intestinal inflammation and improves symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain. It is highly recommended that you eliminate the common food allergens while you and your health practitioner help establish a healthy gastrointestinal system.

This is the first step toward identifying problematic foods and this step should not be ignored. It is important to eliminate all known or suspected food intolerances. Many individual who have avoided common and suspected food intolerances have noticed a dramatic improvement in cognitive function, behavior and over health. In addition, once the “leaky gut” has healed, the avoided foods can gradually be reintroduced in an effort to identify the problematic ones without major setbacks.


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How to improve colon health?

How to improve colon health?

The large bowel is responsible for the absorption of water into the body and the regular elimination of waste and toxin excretion. If the bowels are not moving regularly, toxins and hormone metabolites that should be excreted are reabsorbed back into the body and cause many negative systemic effects. PMS symptoms, fatigue, headaches, bloating, skin reactions, irritability, and many other symptoms can all be affected by decreased bowel regularity.

If bowels are moving too frequently then electrolytes imbalance, dehydration, and microflora depletion are more likely to occur. In addition, a depletion of beneficial intestinal bacteria can increase the risk of pathogenic intestinal infections. Recent studies indicate that certain live organisms living in the intestine have beneficial immunomodulating affects. Establishing and maintaining a healthy microflora ecosystem in the intestine also reduces the occurrence of food allergies and skin disorders.

Sample Naturopathic treatments:

Butyric acid: a short chain fatty acid used by the colonic epithelial cell as a major fuel source. It enhances the repair and regeneration of these cells.

Dietary fiber:

Soluble fiber is found in varying quantities in all plant foods, including:

  • legumes
  • oats, rye, and barley
  • Whole fruits and vegetables
  • psyllium seed husk (a mucilage soluble fiber).

Insoluble fiber include:

  • whole grain foods
  • nuts and seeds
  • flax seed

Probiotics: helps restore proper gut function, promotes regularity.


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