In This Chapter
Defining and treating asthma
Treating food and seasonal allergies
Telling the difference between food allergy and intolerance
Testing to identify problem foods and other allergenic substances
When your immune system mistakenly identifies a food item as an alien invader or overreacts to a mild irritant, you suffer the consequences. Your nose may run, your eyes may become itchy or watery, and your throat may feel sore or scratchy. Maybe you get hives. Maybe you experience swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat. Maybe you even have trouble breathing. Other symptoms include stomachache, eczema, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, and even depression — signs you may not even associate with allergies.
Relief comes in two forms: avoiding whatever ails you and regulating your immune system response. In this chapter, I cover specific conditions — asthma, allergies, food sensitivities, and leaky gut syndrome — that involve allergic reactions and closely related symptoms, and I point out common causes ...