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