Why Are Your Allergies Acting Up Again in Chico?

Have you found eating certain foods increases your seasonal allergy symptoms?

If you think ‘yes’, you are right!  People in the Chico and Redding areas notice that eating certain foods during allergy season makes your allergies worse. Or it may seem like your allergy appears out of nowhere.  You may have food sensitivities!

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That’s because the allergens in the food we eat can interact with the allergens in the environment we live in to produce a ‘double dose’ of allergic reactions. If you think about it, this makes logical sense. We live in an environment full of plants like trees, grasses, and flowers. And the foods we eat are plants also - just edible plants. When these two plant worlds collide, you may develop a host of symptoms such as sinus issues, runny nose, watering eyes, sneezing, itchiness and skin rashes.

When our bodies become susceptible to life’s everyday allergens in certain combinations, it can produce different types of cross-reactions. Two of the most common are a concomitant reaction and a synergistic reaction. Here’s an explanation about how these types of food reactions can affect you.

Concomitant Food Reactions

Some people experience a reaction to a food only when certain plants are pollinating. This is a ‘concomitant’ or simultaneous reaction, i.e. the food reaction only occurs when other pollen, dust, or molds are present at the same time.

Cross-reactive foods have similar protein structures in their pollen that enhance the body’s allergic reaction to pollen in the environment. Our bodies can sometimes ‘mistake’ the food for a pollen and cross react. For example, bananas, watermelon, zucchini, honeydew, cucumber and other members of the gourd food family cross-react with ragweed pollen. Thus, if you have an allergy to the fruits and vegetables in the gourd family when ragweed is pollinating, your symptoms may get worse.

But it’s not just ragweed that creates cross-reactions with foods. Pollens from many types of trees, grasses and weeds such as alder, birch, olive and oak have foods that they cross-react with as well. See examples of other concomitant food allergies in the list accompanying this article.

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Synergistic Food Reactions

Synergistic food reactions occur when two foods eaten together in the same meal, causing an allergic reaction. Eating either of the foods alone usually does not create a reaction, but when taken together in the same meal, a reaction may occur. So for example a person may have no problem eating corn and bananas separately, but when consumed together, they may have an allergic response. Think eating a breakfast cereal that contains corn, topped with bananas. See  other examples of synergistic food allergies in the list accompanying this article or click here for more information about Synergistic Foods

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Multiple Reactions

If this isn’t enough to figure out, some people can have both a concomitant and synergistic food reaction in combination. For example, you may find that you can eat a hamburger without any problems. And you can have a beer or some bread without any reaction. But if you eat these at a certain time of year you may get a seasonal reaction. Why? Because eating beef or yeast (both baker’s, brewers and malt yeasts) when cedar and juniper trees pollinate may promote a concomitant reaction to the food during pollination season. Sometimes these types of reactions to foods may last up to six weeks after the body has been exposed to the food and pollen together.

How We Can Help

Cross-reactions can be difficult to identify on your own.  Identifying what is making your symptoms worse and eliminating that substance starts to seem like a game of chance. Yet your solution isn’t to stop eating or live in a plant free environment!

Fortunately, we at the Digestion Relief Center, located in Chico, CA have the kind of training and clinical experience to help people from Redding to Yuba City unravel what food and plant combinations are bothering you. Using our unique neurological/bioimmune approach, we test and treat for these types of food sensitivities and reactions.  Call us at 530-899-8741 to schedule an appointment to discuss your particular situation.  Or complete our online form and we’ll contact you.

Once the allergen combinations are identified, treatment includes reprogramming your immune system to no longer react to these substances. This allows your body to desensitize itself from the combinations of substances that are the cause of your food/environmental reactions. The really good news is that after treatment you should be able to eat these foods without reaction most of the time!

If you are unsure or frustrated about what is causing your food reactions, or have found you have lost the joy of eating the foods you love, and being outdoors in your favorite season, call us for a consultation or complete our online form and we’ll contact you to learn how we can help. Dr. Patrick can be reached at 530-899-8741. We also invite you to browse www.DigestionReliefCenter.com for additional educational articles.

Since 1999, Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC has thousands of people in Chico, Redding and across Northern California by using a whole-body systems approach to health. He specializes in providing natural relief for food and environmental sensitivities, intolerances and digestive problems. For more information contact Dr. Patrick at 530-899-8741 or visit www.DigestionReliefCenter.com

First Published in the Lotus Guide For Healthy Living Issue #57 Winter 2016

© 2015. Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC. All Rights Reserved.

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