Ensuring a Balanced Diet Despite Food Allergies

Ensuring a Balanced Diet Despite Food Allergies

Embrace whole, fresh foods. Since food-allergic individuals must cut so many foods out of their repertoire, many parents worry about proper nutrition and a balanced diet. Robyn O’Brien has a simple mantra to help: Eat Less Fake Food. Here’s O’Brien’s rationale behind this mantra:

“We were feeding our kids blue yogurt, chicken nuggets, and mac and cheese when we first found out that our fourth child had food allergies. And then to learn that processed foods contain new allergens and proteins (not found in kids’ foods in other developed countries) that aren’t listed on the labels — what mom has time for that? So we decided to try to Eat Less Fake Food. And it goes such a long way in reducing your children’s exposure to hidden allergens, chemicals and preservatives now in the food supply that weren’t there when we were kids. Since 70 percent of a child’s immune system is found in his digestive tract, by simply eating less fake food, you are doing so much to ensure the health of a child and not corrode those digestive pipes with food pumped full of chemicals.”

This article, written by Marissa Brassfield, originally appeared on CalorieLab. Tips provided by Kim Maes, Cybele Pascal and Robyn O’Brien — all parents of children with food allergies.

Marissa Brassfield

Marissa Brassfield is a dynamic freelance content producer with a wealth of start-up experience in writing for the Web, brand management, copy editing and social media. Her current clients include Yahoo, Trend Hunter, CalorieLab and Foodista.

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  1. Hans de Rycke

    One of the issues that causes allergies is Candida Albicans, a fungal overgrowth that affects the ilio-cecal valve, which is situated between the end of the small intestine(Ilium), and the start of the large intestine(Cecum). This valve is usually shut until pressure from the contents of the ilium trigger it to open to let the contents of the small intestine pass, then it shuts again. Candida overgrowth can cause this valve to malfunction, stay open, or partly open, allowing contamination of the ilium and from there into the blood. This toxicity then causes the immune system to react, and digestion to stop leading to nutritional deficiencies. In a fight or flight situation the immune system is activated and the digestive system stops. Candida is usually caused by allergies and causes allergies. Fungus feeds on sugars such as fructose, maltose, lactose and more and loves undigested sugars. Many folks have a problem digesting lactose. After weaning the production of lactase, the enzyme necessary to digest lactose, ceases at some point. Continued breast feeding or wet nursing may postpone this to some extend but eventually occurs in everyone. This is called lactose intolerance. It is believed by many that lactose intolerance is the cause of Candida. Avoidance of dairy products will be of benefit to overcome candida.


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