5 Ways To Deal With Food Allergies
A food allergy generally occurs when the body's immune system triggers an abnormal response to the food we have consumed. Even though there isn't a cure for food allergies, there are some precautions which we can take to ensure we don't compromise our well-being. Read Every Food Label Reading every food label may sound like a cumbersome task, but it is highly imperative for you so you can avoid any unnecessary allergic reactions. Did you know that there are at least 160 foods that can lead to allergic reactions in those with food allergies? The eight most common allergenic foods that account for 90 per cent of all food reactions are: Eggs Milk Fish Shellfish Tree nuts Peanuts Soybean Wheat Any of these eight foods, or ingredients derived from them, is designated as a "major food allergen." These food allergens can be identified on food labels in one of these three ways; 1.Ingredient name For example, the allergen name "milk" may be included in the ingredient name "buttermilk." Following the ingredient name The food allergen may appear right after the ingredient, like "whey (milk)," "lecithin (soy)," and "flour (wheat)." After the ingredients list A "contains" statement which may appear next to the list of ingredients, such as "contains milk, soy, and wheat." The FALCPA's labelling requirements only apply to certain foods that may contain an allergen and not to the major food allergens due to cross-contact while it is being manufactured. Warning labels which indicate that the product "may have been prepared in a facility that also uses nuts" or "might contain traces of nuts" is voluntary. Always be mindful and cautious when UR grocery shopping as you may end up buying products without labels — like as a pastry or a cake from a patisserie. Cross contact or contamination Anyone who has a food allergy should be cautious of mixing utensils or cooking food using the same pots and pans, which may contain the food allergens that can trigger an allergic reaction. Purge UR kitchen. Get rid of all products that you can't eat from UR refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Clean all UR cooking utensils, cookware, stovetop, microwave and oven with soap and water. Organize and separate food prep areas in UR kitchen and in case UR sharing a kitchen with roommates or other family members who eat foods that you can't. Cook allergy-safe foods first if UR cooking multiple dishes. Cover allergy-safe foods to prevent them from being spluttered with unsafe foods. Always wash UR hands with soap and water whenever you have handled or come in close contact with a food allergen. Soap and water and commercial wipes will eliminate food allergens, but water alone or sanitizing gels won't. Sanitise surfaces, tables and counters with soap and water after cooking every meal to avoid contamination. Never share food to ensure that cross-contact does not occur. Be Aware Of All The Symptoms If you are someone you may know has food allergies, you should be aware of every allergic reaction which can affect the body. Skin: Itching, hives, redness, rashes, red bumps and swelling under the skin Eyes: Teary-eyed, swelling around UR eyes and redness Upper respiratory: Run nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, hoarseness, itching and dry cough Lower respiratory: Tightness in chest, wheezing, breathlessness and cough Mouth: Swelling of tongue, palate, lips and itching Gastrointestinal: Reflux, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, bloody stool and abdominal pain Cardiovascular: Slow or rapid heartbeat, dizziness, low blood pressure, loss of consciousness and fainting Other: Uterine contractions Symptoms of anaphylaxis can be a challenge to recognize. If you're experiencing any one of the three conditions listed below within minutes to several hours after food exposure, you are likely facing an anaphylactic episode: Any signs or symptoms that involve and affect UR face, nose, mouth, or gastrointestinal tract, impaired breathing, or a drop in blood pressure, confusion, or loss of consciousness. Two or more of the following symptoms such as; hives, itchiness, tongue or lip swelling, breathing difficulties, a drop in blood pressure, stomach cramps, or vomiting. Blood pressure drop, which can lead to fatigue and fainting. Anaphylaxis can occur as: a single reaction that improves with or without treatment after exposure to allergic food; two results that occur between 8 and 72 hours apart; or a long-lasting response that may continue for hours or even for a few days. An intramuscular injection of epinephrine should be used as soon as possible to treat an anaphylactic reaction after it occurs. Always Prepare Yourself For An Emergency It would be best if you were prepared in case of an emergency. Always carry your auto-injector with you to avoid any fatal situations. Consult UR doctor and understand what safety protocols you, UR family, friends, colleagues and others need to do if UR unable to tend to yourself during an emergency. Never miss any doctor consultations as this will help you stay safe, healthy and out of harm's way. Learn How To Use An Auto-Injector Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) may be used to treat anaphylaxis. Epinephrine works better when injected within minutes of an allergic reaction and prevents swelling of the throat, reduced respiration and low blood pressure quickly. It is crucial that you, UR relatives, teachers or colleagues know how to use an auto-injector with epinephrine and there is no delay in administering the medicine. A delay in applying the auto-injector can turn out to be fatal and even death in some cases due to anaphylaxis within 30-60 minutes. Always make sure UR carrying UR auto-injector with you at all times whether UR outdoors or in UR home. One should use their auto-injector immediately if they have the following symptoms: Difficulty breathing Trouble swallowing Tightness in throat Coughing Weak pulse Rashes, hives or swelling of the skin Vomiting, diarrhoea or abdominal pain Once you have administered the auto-injector call for medical help and inform them of UR loved one's specific food allergy so they can avail the right treatment on time.
A food allergy generally occurs when the body’s immune system triggers an abnormal response to the food we have consumed….
5 Ways To Lose Weight
At almost every social gathering I will invariably have a bunch of people who will saunter over and very casually ask me ‘how to lose weight?’ I want to tell them so often that to even start to answer that I need to chat with them one on one for at least two hours because every person is different, their routines are different, their age etc is different! Well, but some are persistent. So, I use this line I found somewhere instead. The best way to lose weight is to do the following exercise: First look to your right, then look to the left , then smile politely and say “no thank you” when someone offers you food that UR not supposed to eat! Well, in reality it's not as simple as that... Tips on Weight Loss: 1. Distribute your food intake through the day and limit your portions for quick weight loss: Eat 3 Healthy Eating Plates and 4 to 5 In Betweens (Mini Meals) or Snacks (only if you need them). 2.Water for weight loss: Drink 2 glasses of water half an hour before every main meal and half a glass before every snack. Each glass can be about 200ml. Sip any home made herb teas in the day to increase intake of water and antioxidants. 3. Exercise for quick weight loss: Find an exercise you enjoy. You could walk or skip rope or join a gym or class. Do some yoga or jog or dance for half an hour twice a day or for an hour once a day. Exercise must become a necessary part of your life. If you eat you must exercise or atleast move. Plan a small snack before (a fruit) and after you exercise (two egg whites and a toast or some milk or yogurt or sprouts. 4. Make small lifestyle changes for weight loss: Eat at a table and not in front of the TV or in bed. Plate your food. Use smaller bowls and fix UR food timings. 5. Make clever choices in restaurants for weight loss: Always start with water. Order a bottle of water instead of a soft drink or mocktail. Doggy bag (pack) large portions of food and focus of conversation and people rather than just food. Order right and don’t order fried food. Fad diets are fun in the beginning but very hard to sustain in the long run. Try every fad if you must but always have a good fall back plan that works ready. Smile as you reduce weight!
At almost every social gathering I will invariably have a bunch of people who will saunter over and very casually…