Food Allergy Treatment
Food allergies are becoming more common amongst adults and children. Today, over 15 million Americans have some kind of allergic reaction to food, including every 1 in 13 children under the age of 18; and those numbers may continue to increase. These problems can develop at any stage of life, though they usually appear during childhood and remain into adulthood.
Food allergies result from an immune system response to a certain food. This leads to symptoms like itching, throat swelling and difficulty breathing.
Here at Diamond Chiropractic, our team is exceptional when it comes to food allergies. Our staff is capable in understanding what the cause is and how to treat the pain caused, regardless of whether you have had this condition for a while (known as “chronic”) or it appeared suddenly (known as “acute”). Dr. Nilles, our chiropractor in Omaha, has the answer and treatment for you.
What is a Food Allergy?
A food allergy is when the body’s immune system responds to a particular food, or to a particular ingredient in a food. The reactions in this case include itching, hives, swelling in the face and/or the throat, chest pain, difficult breathing, and blood pressure dropping quickly. In severe cases, anaphylactic shock can occur, requiring immediate medical attention.
About 90% of food allergy cases are caused by the following: milk; eggs; peanuts; soy; wheat; and seafood, mostly shellfish (shrimp, oysters, lobsters, etc.). While there is no exact cure for these allergies, there has been studies and research done focusing on food allergies and how they may develop.
How the Body Reacts
Similar to seasonal allergies, the body will react to food allergies by releasing histamines. Histamines appear when the body works hard to fight off “harmful” substances. They cause inflammation in the body and, with food allergy cases, on the skin. With a food allergy, histamine responses can cause symptoms like swelling in the mouth and throat, lowered blood pressure and hives. These reactions appear quickly after eating a meal/ snack, and they appear every time that specific food is eaten. A small amount is enough to trigger signs of an allergic reaction. Severe cases can result in anaphylaxis shock if not treated right away.
While some symptoms are common and easy to identify, others are not. In addition, symptoms such as nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea appear in ALL food allergy cases. Aside from the presence of food in the body, another reason for the immune system to release histamines is from a spinal subluxation.
Subluxations (spinal misalignments) cause miscommunication between the brain and the nervous system, which sends signals to the rest of the body. Theses misalignments stem from several stressors placed on the body: physical, emotional, and biochemical. In the case of food allergies, histamines are released due to a biochemical stressor, leading to the body reacting to certain foods.
Food Allergy – Treatment at Diamond Chiropractic
At Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha, our chiropractor will perform an examination, take x-rays, and evaluate your posture to determine the cause of food allergy/intolerance reactions. After comparing the findings and confirming the diagnosis, our chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms, heal the pain, and provide you with recommendations to lower your risk for possible re-occurrences.
Dr. Nilles will realign the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion and alleviate the pain on the spinal nerves. With the adjustments, inflammation in the digestive system will decrease and lead to better functionality. Stimulation of the cells and organs, due to food sensitivities, will also decrease. Along with better mobility in the spine, your digestive system will work more effectively again.
Intersegmental traction involves the use of a special chiropractic table. This specific table includes rollers that will roll along the sides of the spinal column, allowing blood to flow through the tight muscles and ligaments. As this occurs, the muscles and ligaments loosen up and relax more; in addition, your spine will become more mobile. This type of treatment is effective with alleviating pain caused by food allergies/intolerances.
Electro-therapy, or acupuncture, is effective with food allergies/intolerances by focusing on certain pressure points. Patients will notice, after several treatments, the pain and/or inflammationfrom food sensitivities begin to decrease. In addition, they will start to see more mobility come back to the spine and other affected areas.
When it comes to lifestyle advice, the main discussion point will be changing your daily diet. From a young age, many people will remember the original/traditional food pyramid. This placed a lot of complex carbohydrates (such as grains and rice) at the base, and sweets and oils would be at the very top. In other words, there was more focus on carbohydrates, while fruits, vegetables, and all the proteins got lost in the middle.
To correct this, revise your diet to be more low-carb, high-fat based; also known as the Keto diet. With this diet, your meals focus more on those proteins, fruits and vegetables being overlooked in the food pyramid; additionally, your carb/sugar intake reduces drastically. Meals should consist of 60-75% fats, 20-30% protein, and 5-10% carbs. Foods such as potatoes, dried fruit and dairy should be avoided.
Reducing your sugar intake, along with modifying your diet, can result in having more energy and control of your overall health. A ketogenic diet could provide many health benefits for everyone.
Contact Our Omaha Chiropractor for Food Allergies
To get started with chiropractic care for your food allergy(s), choose our Omaha, NE chiropractor today. Diamond Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients of all ages. Call our office today. When it comes to food allergies, get relief NOW & FAST.