Why are food allergies more common now?
Updated: Nov 16, 2020
Modern day agricultural practice include something called genetic modifications . This means that the genes in the seeds of crops like corn,soy and wheat are altered in the laboratory so that these plants can grow larger or resist disease more effectively. The result of altering our crops this way is that they now contain proteins that are not natural to the plant.
Animal studies have found that these proteins are extremely difficult for us to digest,which causes symptoms such as heart burn, reflux, gas and bloating after eating.These proteins also cause immune reaction in the gut that can promote the development of autoimmunity (which means that the cells of your immune system are damaged which makes a mistake and attacks your own tissues)
GLUTEN is a protein found in wheat,barley and spelt. Genetic modifications has made it stronger and more concentrated in the grains we eat. The higher concentration of gluten in our food has been linked to increase in food allergies over the last few decades because gluten is a relatively new component of our diets
Our ancestors ate seasonally, rotating their food to eat what was available during that time of the year. The benefit of this is that you are constantly varying your diet, whereas eating the same thing all the time increases your risk of developing an allergic reaction.
Normally the food you eat is very well digested by the time it makes it to your small intestine where all the nutrients are absorbed . But if the food is still in large pieces then its recognised as a foreign particle by your immune cells. As long as your intestinal lining is strong and healthy it keeps the immune cells on one side and food on the other . When food leaks through a week intestinal barrier this is called leaky gut syndrome and it explains how people can develop immune reactions,allergies and sensitivities to food at any age. Processed foods often have all the fibre and many of the nutrients removed . A diet high in processed foods and animal based foods such as dairy, eggs and meat can deplete the good bacteria in your gut and weaken the intestinal lining
The simplest way to figure out if you have a food sensitivity is to remove the particlular food from your diet for three weeks and then reintroduce it,paying close attention to how your body reacts.
This is why good digestive power is so important and taking antacids can put you at an increased risk of developing food sensitivities.
Its important to completely avoid allergic foods. When any allergic food or the protein(gluten, lactose) is undigestible by our body. A lot of undigested large particles get into the blood stream ,the immune system goes goes on high alert,seeing the protein has a foreign particle and producing antibodies to attack it. Unfortunately ,when these antibodies attack the protein, they mistakenly attack our tissues as well which can result in autoimmune disease in the long run.
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