Allergy is one of the most common diseases of "civilized man". No one knows exactly the causes of its occurrence. But potential pathogens, allergens, surround us everywhere: they are in food, in the surrounding objects, just in the air. Allergy can be a response of the body to drugs or aggressive chemicals, on household dust and Pets, on flower pollen and food products.
To avoid an allergic reaction should be completely or to the maximum stop contact with the allergen, which, unfortunately, is not always possible. You can support your body during the exacerbation of allergies and medical nutrition, especially if you food Allergy.
Why do we need a hypoallergenic diet
The diet eliminates the foods most often causing allergic reactions. To know for sure from what the product or product group should be discarded, will have to undergo special tests. In the meantime, the "culprit" is not found, it is better to stick to an extended hypoallergenic diet: exclude from the diet all possible strong food allergens, and significantly reduce the use of products that have an average risk of allergies.
K products that most often cause a severe allergic reaction include:
- dairy products (most often it is whole milk),
- seafood and some varieties of sea and river fish, caviar,
- smoked products (fish, sausages, poultry),
- marinades, spices, sauces and seasonings, pickles,
- vegetables, berries and fruits, mostly red, and citrus,
- dried fruits: dates, raisins, figs, dried apricots,
- nuts (usually peanuts),
- bee products, especially flower pollen, often – honey,
- sour products (e.g. sorrel, sauerkraut),
- chemical dyes, flavors, flavor enhancers,
- sweet carbonated drinks, cocoa, coffee,
- chocolate (and liquid including), caramel, marmalade,
- exotic foods.
Foods related to the average allergenic:
- fatty meat, including fatty meat birds, especially skins,
- fruits (apricots, peaches, bananas),
- berries (red and black currants, cranberries, cranberries),
- vegetables (potatoes, peas, beans, bell peppers),
- cereals (wheat, rye, buckwheat),
- herbal tea.
Least "risky" products:
- dairy products,
- lean meat (the most hypoallergenic is rabbit) and fish,
- fresh vegetables (without nitrates): cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers, turnips, squash, squash, rutabaga and herbs: dill and parsley,
- cereals: semolina, perlovka, rice, oatmeal,
- butter, sunflower and olive oil,
- fruits: pears, yellow cherries, gooseberries, green apples, berries – white currant,
- dried fruits: pears, apples, prunes,
- weak tea, mineral water, broth of rose hips, compotes of green apples or pears.
How to follow a diet for allergies
Observe a hypoallergenic diet should be as long as the doctor has prescribed: usually adults can stick to the diet for 2-3 weeks, children - 7-10 days. Meals during this period should be balanced, including vitamins, essential nutrients and minerals.
After, when marked improvement, you can enter in the diet of foods that have been excluded. It is better to introduce new products one by one, with a break of at least three days - an allergic reaction to a new product may not appear immediately, allergens can accumulate in the body for some time.
For accurate determination of the allergen is recommended keep a diary where to record in detail all your diet to track the reaction of the body, especially during the introduction of new products.
Hypoallergenic diet in case of food Allergy will help the body to easily tolerate all the consequences of an allergic reaction, which in the adverse course of events can develop into anaphylactic shock with a lethal outcome. So do not treat this disease lightly. Get tested and follow the doctor's recommendations, including which will necessarily be present and hypoallergenic diet.