Updated on 19 October, 2021
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If you are like me, then you really enjoy the convenience of at home food. I love to be able to prepare delicious meals whenever I want or on the spur of the moment. There is nothing more annoying that having a hard time deciding what to make for dinner. When I can't always put together a simple meal, I usually turn to fast food or processed foods that are loaded with preservatives and artificial ingredients.
Food Allergy tests measure your reaction to 96 common allergenic foods commonly found in typical Western diets such as dairy, wheat, yeast, and gluten. Your results will tell you if your immune system is able to ward off the threat or if it reacts to the allergen. A low grade (low grade being the lowest) allergy means your immune system has a low level of immunity and cannot fight off the allergen. High grade foods usually means your immune system is strong and able to fight off the threat.
One of the most common allergens in foods is lectins. These are small proteins that are produced by the body's mast cells. These cells line the inner linings of the food and trap the allergen within it. The allergen is not able to pass through the cell walls and is instead caught in the mast cells. The cells then release the allergen into the air. This reaction causes an allergic response in many people who are sensitive to the protein.
In a food allergy testing, the tester randomly chooses four different foods from a list and serves them to a patient. The patient then reports any known symptoms for up to one week after the food is eaten. The sample may have been contaminated by office workers with food allergies who were not tested. These individuals would have a hard time identifying which specific foods they were allergic to, unless they could go back to the lab and have their skin tested.
Other types of food allergies include peanuts and tree nuts. Tree nuts include almonds, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts and pine nuts. Peanuts include spreads, baguettes, French fries and some types of salami. Allergic reactions can include chest congestion, hives and swelling of the face, lips and tongue. If the reaction is severe, people can have difficulty breathing, swallowing or coughing and have an increased risk of having an asthma attack.
Since people are often exposed to many different food allergens, at home allergy testing can also detect reactions to preservatives and additives as well. Some of these ingredients can mimic a serious illness such as cancer or immune system issues. When the immune system is working properly, it can help ward off these threats but when the system becomes imbalanced, it can cause many problems. For example, some people can have a serious reaction to milk or egg proteins while others may not react at all to one of the most common allergens, dust.
There are some things that you can do to avoid triggering your allergies and keep your health in check. A complete elimination diet is a good way to monitor your progress. Allergists often advise their patients to avoid cow's milk and eggs, shellfish, some fish, corn, soy products, wheat and trees. A complete elimination diet is a trial-and-error method and it may be a while before you find the right foods to eat.
Living with food allergies can present some unique situations. If you or someone in your family has a condition that could cause an allergic reaction, you may be prone to a life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Many allergists recommend the use of a bronchodilator for this situation, which helps to improve breathing. Life-threatening symptoms can be controlled if you make a few simple changes. For some people, their symptoms are manageable and their lives can be back to normal in a relatively short period of time.