Food Allergies - 7 Things You Must Know About Food Allergies
by Serge M Botans
body (by eating, breathing, skin pores,...) that it sees as an invader.

2. When it see the substance as an invader, your immune system will produce
anti-bodies* and histamine* to try and destroy it. Allergy symptoms are then the
effect these two chemicals have on various parts of your body such as your skin*.

3. The two most common ways of testing for an allergy are skin tests and blood
tests.

4. Do not confuse a food allergy with a food intolerance. They are not the same! A
food allergy triggers a response from your immune system, whereas a food
intolerance does not*.

5. There are eight primary foods that are the causes of most food allergies: milk,
peanuts, fish, soy, wheat, tree nuts and shellfish*.

6. In general, if a person has a food allergy, then it will be to only one or two of these
primary foods.

7. Being allergic to one type of food can lead to being allergic to other foods that are
similar in nature. For example, if you are allergic to wheat, then you may also be
allergic to rye*.

As you can see, a food allergy is really about your immune system, designed to
protect you from foreign substances, that overreacts to the presence of certain
substances that it sees as a threat and tries to over-kill it.


About The Author

Serge M Botans

* To find out more about food allergies, download 'Food Allergies: What You Need to
Know to Protect Yourself' from
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It could be fair to say that allergies to
natural things is one of Nature's cruel
jokes. Consider a friend of mine
whose dog is allergic to dog hair! This
same dog also suffers from hay fever!

If you, or someone you love, have
food allergies, then here are 7 things
you simply must know about them. It
may not help you overcome the food
allergies, but it will help you
understand them.

1. An allergy is about your immune
system reacting badly to a specific
substance that has entered your
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