The role of chemicals and processing in your response to foods
Pesticide-residues or irradiated foods may cause reactions in some people. Organically grown foods that are not sprayed or treated may be well tolerated while their conventionally-produced counterparts cause symptoms. Packaging additives may be made from allergenic substances such as cornstarch used to powder cereal bags and milk cartons.
Use organically grown foods in their most natural state with minimal packaging in order to reduce the potential for reactions. Also be sure that your source is mold free and as fresh as possible. It's especially important to be aware of quality sources with foods like nuts and seeds or coffee or tea that can be susceptible to mold.
Remember, you may have the same allergenic reaction for more than one food. Keeping your reactions (both negative and positive) to foods recorded in your food diary is the best way to understand your responses. Write down how you feel if a symptom develops even if you aren't sure if it is related to your meal. You may come to suspect environmental reactions, in which case, writing down factors such as where you were can help you identify if your symptoms are due to environmental factors (exposures to mold, chemicals, new renovations, new furniture, dust, wifi, cordless/cell phones etc). If you suspect stress or hormonal issues, you may wish to record notes related to these possibilities as well.
Immune system recovery, candida reduction, restoration of intestinal integrity, an anti-inflammatory diet and herbal protocol, a rotation diet and restoration of healthy flora are the most important and most effective strategies that I have heard of.
The Whole Approach store sells two anti-inflammatory products that can be beneficial for the intestinal system. Quercetin and Bromelain or Smooth Operator.
Adding digestive enzymes to each meal can also reduce reactions by helping your digestive system optimally break down the foods you eat.
AbsorbAid digestive enzymes are a potent and additive free enzyme formula can be very helpful to your energy, immunity and digestive ease.
Buffered Vitamin C
Buffered vitamin C is an excellent support the immune system, support the detoxification process, and reduce allergic reactions. It can help to somewhat lessen an allergic reaction if you have accidentally been exposed to a substance that is a problem for you and if the allergen is not a life threatening one. Take three to four capsules as soon after exposure as possible can help in some cases. Keep in mind that even though this is a neutral pH vitamin C, it does still have some bowel loosening properties. Buffered Vitamin C
To stay symptom free during your recovery from food allergies and CRC, your best defenses are knowledge and self-awareness. The following books can provide excellent guidance on your healing strategies.
Allergies, Diseases in Disguise, by Carolee Bateson-Koch
Food Allergies Made Simple, by Austin, Thrash MD and Thrash MD
Allergy Relief and Prevention, by Jacqueline Krohn MD
Additive Alert, by the Pollution Probe
A Consumer's Guide to Food Additives, by Ruth Winters
The Safe Shoppers Bible, by Steinman and Epstein Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Illness, by Future Medicine Publishing