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Food intolerances and food additives…Be on the lookout!

by Sonia Chartier, on 2 June 2015, Allergies, Digestion, Healthy Eating
food-intolerance

It is not unusual to hear about people reacting to certain food additives. We all have friends or colleagues who react to too much caffeine or salt. Others react to dyes and preservatives in foods.

These are not allergies per se, but could be deemed intolerances. In fact, it is difficult to ascertain who will get hyper from too much caffeine and who will drink twelve cups a day and sleep like a baby.

Apart from these rather obvious reactions, there are more subtle responses to additives.  Symptoms are sometimes so subtle that they go unnoticed, and unless someone is really looking for the causes of a repetitive condition or symptoms, they may go unnoticed for decades.

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What is an Allergy?

by Sonia Chartier, on 27 May 2014, Allergies
what is an allergy

An allergy occurs when your immune system recognizes an environmental or food molecule (allergen) as a dangerous intruder to get rid of.  The dreaded symptoms are just the tools your body has to get rid of the intruder.

The allergy mechanism  is quite complex and involves the immune system and a series of biochemical reactions.  It ends up with histamine and other mediators being released in the bloodstream and causing symptoms. Allergens may result from our environment, food, medication, or personal care products like skin creams or suntan lotions.

The body’s response to an allergen results in “allergy symptoms” ranging from mild to severe, and sometimes deadly.   If you are experiencing an allergic reaction you may feel tired, hazy, dizzy, or exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms.

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Tips on How to Deal with Allergy Symptoms

by Sonia Chartier, on 19 March 2014, Allergies
Tips on How to Deal with Allergy Symptoms

Wheezes and Sneezes

Do you see the spring through a haze of tears, with a tissue box surgically attached to your hand and your nose emitting a persistent deluge of protesting gunge?

Most Canadians love summers, so it seems harsh that so many people should be doomed to react unfavourably at the first glint of the suns rays.

Then there are the unfortunates who react this way all year round, persistently snuffling and sneezing, sometimes without even knowing what it is they are reacting to. If you wake up every morning with an itchy nose, irritated eyes or catarrh blocking the back of your throat, you know where I’m coming from.

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Pet Allergies & Natural Remedies

by Sonia Chartier, on 19 March 2014, Allergies
Pet allergies

Stats about Pet Allergies

Fifteen per cent of people are allergic to pets, such as cats and dogs. These allergies are caused not by hair but by a protein found in the pets’ dead skin flakes (dander), oils, saliva or urine. When these allergens become airborne, they land on the lining of the eyes or nose or are inhaled directly into the lungs causing irritation.

Sadly, short-haired pets do not cause less of a problem to those suffering with allergies as the dander, is still present.

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Battling Food Intolerances & Allergies

by Sonia Chartier, on 19 March 2014, Allergies
Battling Food Intolerances & Allergies

Why More People Have Food Allergies Today

These days, more and more people suffer from food intolerances or allergies. Why is that?

For one thing, our high-stress lifestyles and poor eating habits are at least in part to blame, but there has to be more to it than that… So what mysterious mechanism could cause the body to go so off-kilter?

For starters, you might be interested to know that our diet, high in refined carbohydrates, grains and sugars, especially when combined with our over-use of antibiotics, plays a major role in the allergy phenomenon.

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