Treating Food Allergies in Austin
Accessing Food Allergies
Many patients react to certain foods when they are having allergy symptoms. Some foods are commonly associated with increased allergy symptoms, even when the primary cause of the allergy is due to other things such as seasonal allergens like molds, grasses, trees, and weeds. For this reason, I suggest all new patients avoid the most common allergy foods for an initial five-day period. This is called a food restriction period. I suggest you avoid this list of eight foods from Monday to Friday of any given week.
Allergy-Inducing Foods to Avoid:
- Dairy Products. Milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream.
- Citrus Fruits and Juices. Orange juice and fruit, grapefruit, lemon and lime.
- Tomatoes and Tomato Products. Tomatoes and tomato juices, sauces on spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, hot sauces, and ketchup.
- Brown Colas. Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, Pepsi Cola, Etc.
- Chocolate. Candy bars, chocolate milk and drinks, chocolate in any form.
- Grains. Wheat, barley, oats, and especially corn. So, no chips, bread, cereal, pasta. No grains of any kind.
- Sugar. This is a big one. Sugar includes candy, sweets, table sugar and soft drinks (diet soft drinks are okay). Sugar makes us swell and that aggravates allergy swelling. No fruit juices either, as they are very high in sugar.
During the five-day food restriction period, I want you to avoid all beer and red wine as well. They are not part of the most common foods that cause reactions because not that many people drink them. However, if you do drink them and you are having allergy symptoms, they will frequently aggravate symptoms. Each day that we don’t eat a food that causes a reaction, we accumulate more reactivity. This goes on for five to seven days and then rapidly diminishes. That’s why it isn’t very useful to take a child off of milk for 30 days, as we used to do. By the end of the 30 days our reactivity has so diminished that we probably won’t react when we re-introduce the food. So, I think that five days is the magic number for food restriction. This works well with kids, particularly, as it follows the school week. I suggest you avoid all these foods from Monday to Friday night. Then, on Friday night pick EVERYTHING that YOU MISS THE MOST and EAT IT. You will naturally select the foods to which you are most allergic.
Remedies for Food Reactions
- Buffered Vitamin C — Your first line of defense against a food reaction is Buffered Vitamin C in powdered form. Mix one teaspoon of the powder in a glass of water. Drink. If there is no relief or improvement in 15 minutes, try the following remedy:
- Epsom Salt — Mix one teaspoon Epsom Salt in a glass of water. Drink. This will provide relief in almost all cases of food reactions.
- Alka Seltzer Gold
- Any antacid (such as Maalox)
If you are allergic to a food, you tend to LOVE IT or HATE IT; as such foods usually are addictive. As a result, most people will pick the foods to which they are MOST ALLERGIC. Most of my patients will find that they react to one or more of these foods when they re-introduce them following five days of avoidance.
This is called UNMASKING the FOOD ALLERGY. From this experiment we learn two very useful facts:
- Some of your favorite foods might NOT really be your friends.
- Buffered Vitamin C Powder will instantly STOP any reaction that a food or drink causes.
Only a small number of patients have reported no reaction after trying this experiment. Most find their symptoms of allergy are improved when they avoid these foods. There may be others, especially if one “craves” a food or if one eats or drinks it most days.
At any rate, I would like for you to try this for a five-day period so you can see for yourself if you are reacting to any of the things you eat or drink.
Your Daily Food Allergy Record
Print out the Daily Food Record to use in tracking your progress, available as a Acrobat pdf.