Food allergies are fast becoming as common as a cold or flu. This is due to all of the chemically altered, injected, sprayed, and dyed foods that we ingest on a daily basis. Add to that stress, lack of sleep, and enzyme deficiency from foods that are zapped by microwave preparation, and the allergies grow. Other causes include allergy to gluten-containing foods,inherited food sensitivities, MSG, sulfites and nitrates, and food additives that are added to enhance color and flavor and cause a myriad of problems for sensitive individuals.

A food allergy is an autoimmune system body response to a certain food or an enzyme deficiency to digest a certain food.

Symptoms include irritability, headaches, candida, itchy and watery eyes, gas, constipation, sinus problems, bloated stomach, nausea, brain fog, heart palpitations, ringing in the ears, ear infections, weight gain,sweating, hives, irritable bowel syndrome, and arthritis symptoms.

Dietary considerations
For two weeks, try the following sample diet. This is a fasting menu designed to prepare you for a rotation diet: brown rice; baked or broiled turkey, chicken, or fish; herbal teas; steamed, broiled, raw, or baked vegetables; vegetable and unsweetened, diluted fruit juices. Also add yogurt to your diet. Make these foods a part of your daily menu.

Avoid these common allergy foods:
• Peanuts
• Corn
• Mushrooms
• Eggs
• Wheat
• Soy
• Dairy
• Coffee
• Sugar
• Strawberries

Supplement support for food allergies
• Coenzyme Q 10 : 100 mg daily
• Quercetin: 500 mg between meals
• Digest by Enzymedica
• Kyo-Dophilus
• Ester-C: 3,000 mg daily
• Adrenal glandular formula
• Milk thistle liquid extract
• Candex, to eliminate candida yeast
• Liquid chlorophyll: 1 teaspoon in water before meals

Lifestyle choices
• Focus on stress management for better digestion, sleep, and recuperative ability.
• If you have gained weight even though you have not changed your eating habits, eliminate wheat from your diet for two weeks to see if your weight gain is allergy related.
• If symptoms do not improve, see an allergist and have skin prick or RAST tests done to determine what you are sensitive or allergic to.