Food Allergies and Intolerances have grown in prevalence and will continue to grow, with one in four people expected to be diagnosed.
Causes of this growing problem include environmental, gut flora changes, antibiotics, illness, virus, toxins, indoor air pollution, agricultural practices, stress and poor digestion.
Food sensitivity can also be caused by low stomach acid and other digestive enzymes, not chewing food adequately, compromised gut membrane, immune dysregulation, flora imbalances and intestinal permeability (also known as Leaky Gut).
Reflux medications have been shown to promote the development of immediate-type food allergies.
Sensitisation can occur due to associated elements such as the mould on peanuts, the chemicals used in agriculture and naturally occurring enzyme inhibitors in nuts, seeds, legumes and grains.
Many studies have shown the protective effect of breastfeeding in reducing type one diabetes. Probiotics have been shown to reduce milk allergies and prebiotics are beneficial in reducing the prevalence of eczema.
Omega 3 supplementation reduces risk of allergic sensitisation to milk, eggs and other foods in a number of studies. Omega 3 supplementation during pregnancy may be preventative against infantile wheeze.
Maternal intake of Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids may increase the risk of childhood eczema.
Children’s consumption of fish in the first year of life was more important than maternal consumption of fish during pregnancy at preventing eczema at two years.
This is the end of part one - part two coming up soon.
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