Allergies are a body response frequently caused by foreign particles or proteins that have leaked through intestine walls. These invaders stimulate the immune system, and the body responds by sending water to hold the particles. Antihistamines are commonly prescribed to control the body’s response.
I encourage our patients to reduce common foods that cause a reaction; dairy (milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream), peanut butter, and soda are the most common offenders. Sodium benzoate, a preservative found in soda, is a common cause of allergies. I also urge my patients with chronic allergies to minimize or eliminate gluten products—rye, wheat, oats, and barley—which impair proper digestion.