Different types of allergies require different types of management. Of course, one of the most obvious solutions is to remove the allergen that is causing the problem. This is mostly easier said than done !! Too often, it is difficult to determine what the offending substance is, and on many occasions, it may be more than one allergen that is the culprit.
Keeping a Food Diary
This is the first and easiest, most cost effective way of starting to determine what might be happening. A food / health diary can be useful in trying to track down what types of things may be causing your allergic symptoms. In one column you can write down what you have eaten, in another, what activity or what environment you are exposed to and in the last, what types of symptoms you may be experiencing. This is a useful tool for both patient and the practitioner who can help you interpret your diary. It may be necessary to do this for some time before you start to see patterns emerging.
HERBS AND FOOD FOR GUT HEALTH & HEALING
Once you have kept a food dairy for a while, you may have identified what foods to avoid.
You may however continue to feel unwell or have symptoms. It is important that you have treatment to heal and support your digestive system, liver and immune system so you can return to health. Many herbs and foods are useful in this regard.
- Paw Paw, containing papain helps to break down proteins and supports digestion; squeeze a little lemon juice over the fruit and have before a meal to aid digestion.
- Lemon juice in warm water first thing in the morning or using it in your drinking water throughout the day will alkalinise the body and support the liver.
- Apple cider vinegar can also be used prior to meals.
- For bloating, Peppermint, Chamomile or Ginger tea may ease the wind and pain.
- Dandelion tea/coffee is a good support for your liver, assisting with constipation, excess fluid and ridding the body of metabolites
Chilli, ginger and turmeric used in cooking can aid stomach function.
- Natural yoghurt helps to support and enhance naturally occurring bacteria in the lower bowel, normalising function and improving immune system health.
- Angostura bitters (containing Gentian) can be taken as an aperitif before meals to stimulate gastric function and promote good digestion
Slippery elm can be taken to help with reflux, constipation.
- Many other herbs may be chosen by your naturopath or herbalist to assist with specific symptoms that are individual to you.
Our herbalist and naturopath will provide an appropriate and individualised treatment protocol to suit your situation.
If you are experiencing an acute episode due to eating the wrong thing either knowingly or inadvertently, it is useful to have a herbal tonic for this situation. Many people who have food allergies have occasions where the symptoms flare due to contact with allergens. This not only gives symptoms, but leaves them feeling exhausted with adrenal depletion after the event. At Coastal Health Solutions, we have a special herbal formula that is recommended to keep for these situations so you can recover quickly and get back to healthy gut function.
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