Although we all need essential food nutrients to stay healthy and survive, the food amount, types and tolerance may differ from one individual to the other. All of us may not be able to tolerate the same foods and consuming the wrong foods could cause health problems related to food intolerance. If you are food intolerant, do not be upset; there are some effective home remedies for food intolerance.
~ What is food intolerance?
When the digestive system is unable to digest certain foods, you are said to be “intolerant” to that food. Enzymes are required for food digestion; when these are absent, an impairment of your body’s ability to break down certain proteins in foods is caused. This intolerance to food if not treated, may lead to certain types of medical conditions; the condition could become serious when large amounts of these foods enter your body.
~ What can be done?
The best you can do is to find out the source of the problem and provide your body only with those foods that it can tolerate. There is no single healthy diet or food that will work for all. Each of us has a different ‘sensitivity’ to different foods. For example, some of us may not be able to tolerate milk termed as lactose intolerance while others, to wheat- based products. Hence, it is up to you to understand the basics of food intolerance and accept it as a way of life; this is essentially the key to healthy living.
~ What are the main causes of food intolerance?
There are several causes of food intolerance which could lead to adverse reaction to certain foods. At times, a person may react to particular chemicals found in foods. Some of these are lactose, artificial colorings, food additives like monosodium glutamate, sulfites, compound histamines-compounds in fermented foods like cheese, alcoholic beverages and vinegar; tyramine, an amino acid in aged cheese, yeast extract, wine, beer, raspberries and bananas.
~ What are the lifestyle changes you need to make?
Establish an eating schedule that’s best for you. Find out which combination of food groups go well together for you. Practice the habit of routinely under-eating. Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.
Incorporate into your daily routine a regiment of moderate exercise, such as walking, biking or swimming and strive to live in harmonious surroundings that contribute to inner peace for improving on your overall health. Avoid smoking and heavy alcohol or coffee consumption.
~ What home remedies are recommended?
Here are some of the home remedies you could follow:
Drink herbal tea to reduce most of the ailments caused by food intolerance, Ginger in the tea can be helpful in this condition. You can squeeze the juice of half a lime; mix it with water and a teaspoon of honey to help you in digestion.
It may also help if you mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water and drink it before bed.
To aid tolerance of food, take a few drops of castor oil mixed in half a cup of fruit and vegetable juice once daily every morning. A combination of carrot, beet, and cucumber juices can help to control the symptoms of allergic reactions to certain foods.
~ What foods are safe for consumption?
Experts suggest including a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat, non-dairy proteins and some nuts in your diet. Grains like brown rice, corn and millet are also known to be beneficial. It would be safest to prepare your meals at home using fresh, natural products.
~ How can you safeguard against food intolerance?
Avoid all processed foods, including the frozen pre-packaged types. It would be best to avoid bleached flours, and everything made with it. Those allergic to wheat should avoid stuff made from wheat flour. Substitute white sugar with unpasteurized honey or maple syrup could also be helpful.
Be careful while selecting meat products; avoid processed varieties as far as possible. It would be a good idea to avoid consumption of red meats, fried foods and foods cooked in oil. It is highly recommended that you sauté your vegetables in broth. Avoid using paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder in foods as these are known to irritate the intestines.
According to experts in this field, one of the simplest and most effective measures anyone can take to deal with food intolerance is to rotate your diet at regular intervals. This ensures that your body is receiving the right nutrients by increasing the intake of foods you can tolerate and rotating these every 2- 4 days.
Along with following the above guidelines to home remedies for food intolerance, it would be also be a good idea to take enzyme supplements. However, you are strongly advised to consult your doctor if your ailment persists.
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