The type of foods a person eats can cause the development of food sensitivity. Why this is the case is something that baffles doctors and researchers alike. A food sensitivity is defined as “an adverse reaction to a food that other people can safely eat.” Food sensitivities can involve such things as food allergies, food intolerances and chemical sensitivities.
Food sensitivities can be difficult to diagnose because it sometimes takes the symptoms days to show up, and there can be an array of different kinds of symptoms. In a general sense, a food sensitivity is a toxic response to one type of food or another.
Food allergies are a unique category of food sensitivities that come about when the immune system reacts adversely to a food (or more specifically to the protein in a food). Food allergies are particularly common in children, but can be seen in adults as well. For reasons that are unknown, the immune system perceives some foods as harmful and creates antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE) to fight the perceived threat.
A food intolerance is a type of food sensitivity that does not cause the immune system to feel the need to fight back. A food intolerance is believed to start in the gastrointestinal system, and it brings about a problem in digesting or absorbing particular foods. For example, lactose intolerance is a type of food intolerance to dairy products. Celiac disease is an inherited food intolerance to gluten.
A chemical sensitivity is a form of a food sensitivity where the problem lies with chemicals that either naturally is to be found in food or is added to food. Common chemical sensitivities include bad reactions to MSG (monosodium glutamate), caffeine and tyramine.
The Four R’s
People who suffer from food sensitivities are encouraged to follow the four R’s in order to obtain relief. The four R’s include remove, repair, replace and rotate.
Sufferers are encouraged to remove offending foods from their diet and then to repair their digestive system with soothing aids. The next step is toreplace the necessary elements by way of a probiotic supplement. The last R, rotate encourages an individual to rotate the foods they consume every two to four days in order to guarantee as much variety as possible.
Aloe Vera as an Anti-Inflammatory Agent
Aloe Vera is a medicinal herb that works very well for individuals who suffer from food sensitivities.
In the “repair” phase, Aloe Vera gel can be consumed or a pill such asAloeride can be taken to help coat the inflamed digestive tract and bring about much needed relief. Aloe Vera is soothing and can support the digestive tract in starting the process of healing. Aloe Vera is gentle and is very effective in this capacity.
Food sensitivities can create small holes in the digestive tract that can lead to a worsening of systems or can give rise to other more serious health problems. Aloe Vera acts quickly to help fill the holes that have developed and to facilitate rapid healing.