Food Allergy and Stuttering Link

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With reasons being unknown about the cause of stuttering, there is a theory going around which states the connection between food allergies and stuttering. According to this notion, the allergy to certain foods causes the sympathetic nervous system to be activated rather than the para-sympathetic nervous system. As a result, what follows is an increase in the level of anxiousness in the stutterer stimulating the stutter and worsening it.

There has been no conclusive evidence to show that certain foods worsen or aggravate this condition in a person when he is already a stutterer. But there have been instances where sufferers have felt remarkable improvement in their condition with the elimination of certain items from their diet. Most people are unaware of the connection between stuttering and food. This link cannot be assumed to exist in all stutterers but there is a possibility that some sufferers maybe experiencing this problem because of their diet. It is advisable that you check with a gastroenterologist to ensure that their food intake is not a possible reason for their stutter.

The most common food allergy prevalent in stutterers is that of gluten which has been found to aggravate the stutter. Gluten is a substance found in wheat and hence is present in most of the bread varieties. The consumption of gluten by the stutterer worsens his stutter, sometimes aggravating it to such an extent that the stutterer is not even able to put in a complete sentence. The slurring and stuttering become extremely bad with the intake of gluten. Once the stutterer ceases to take in gluten in any form, his stuttering is back to its normal level. But this gluten aversion could also be because of some other bigger disorders like Celiac and should immediately be checked with a doctor.

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Food Allergy Blood Test

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We all know that most of us have an allergy to something. But finding out what the allergy really can be a discouraging job. Performing a food allergy blood test is something that you and your physician can do by eliminating foods from your diet and figuring out the symptoms of allergies.

However, there are 3 kinds of tests, it’s the skin prick, CAP-RAST and ELISA test. Each test has its own pros and cons. Some tests are good for kids or people with skin orders such as eczema. Some may take longer than the others, and some perhaps may not include the allergens you have gone through. These tests look for particular antibodies within the blood to spot an allergy. There are 2 types of antibodies; IgG and IgE. IgG antibodies get longer to respond, normally for about 48 hours. IgE antibodies typically react faster, in about two hours or less.

The skin-prick food allergy blood test is an easy type of test that is done at the physician’s office. This form of test is normally less costly compared to CAP-RAST or ELISA tests. It also takes a smaller amount time to determine outcomes. The skin-prick test is done through applying a small drop of allergen to a particular extort on the skin, then pricking it using a needle. In case an individual is allergic to that particular allergen, a wheal (looks like a mosquito bite) will form in 15 minutes. For the CAP-RAST blood test, it needs a blood sample, which is sent to a laboratory where it is being tested to determine if the blood has IgE antibodies to that particular food allergy. CAP-RAST test is best for small kids that were having hard time with skin-prick test. This is also good for individuals, which are suffering from skin problems such as eczema that tends to make it more difficult to read the outcomes. It takes about a week to obtain the outcomes from this test.

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Food Allergy and Food Intolerance Testing

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The number of people in the UK suffering from food intolerance and allergies is increasing. Scientists believe that this is partly because of our love affair with junk food as well as our exposure to harmful toxins present in many foods.

However food intolerance and allergies can also be triggered by food that has not been exposed to chemicals. Recent research, for instance, suggests that eating peanuts when pregnant can cause the baby to develop a peanut allergy.

This can have very serious consequences as having an allergic reaction to peanuts can cause a person to go into anaphylactic shock. Peanut allergies are often so severe that even a slight trace of peanut dust can produce itching, rashes and stomach problems in sufferers.

However, not everyone who has a problem with certain foods is allergic to them. Sometimes they can simply have a food intolerance rather than a food allergy. Food intolerance and food allergy are both caused by inappropriate immune responses to problem foods. However the reaction is very different. Food allergies provoke an immediate and sometimes severe reaction whilst food intolerance produces symptoms which can take hours or even days to develop.

Of course the best thing to do is identify whether you have a food intolerance or allergy and then eliminate the problem foods altogether from your diet. Food allergy and food intolerance testing is a quick and easy way to find out if there are foods that are making you feel ill. You can arrange food allergy and food intolerance testing online or by visiting your GP.

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Food Allergy And Cow Milk Allergy

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A food allergic reaction occurs as a result of some component of the immune system, which normally protects us from infectious agents, inappropriately reacting to the proteins in foods we eat. Food allergic diseases usually occur in the first decade of life and are directly linked to the maturation of the immune system. In general, clinical symptoms are not detected at birth and although the production of IgE starts in the eleventh week of gestation, no specific sensitization to food allergens can be detected in cord blood.

During the first months of life initial IgE responses to food proteins, particularly hen’s egg and cow’s milk may be observed even in exclusively breast-fed infants. In such individuals, it is proposed that exposure occurs through proteins in their mother’s milk.

Allergic reactions to foods can be broadly divided into immediate on-set and delayed on-set reactions.

IgE-Mediated Food Allergies

The parts of the immune system responsible for immediate on-set reactions (the most dramatic example of which is food anaphylaxis) are IgE antibodies.

In allergic individuals (who are sometimes referred to as being “atopic”) eating certain food proteins (such as whey and casein protein contained in cow’s milk) results in the production of specific IgE antibody molecules directed against the protein. The second time the individual eats the food, these specific IgE molecules interact with each other, and the protein, to cause the release of harmful chemicals (such as histamine) from special mast cells. This causes the damage associated with the symptoms of food allergy. Damage may occur to the skin, respiratory system or gastrointestinal tract, where the symptoms of food allergy are almost exclusively seen.

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Food Allergy and Food Intolerance Symptoms

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Food allergy and food intolerance may cause certain of the matching symptoms, and as a result are often confused. Food intolerance is generally not as critical as food allergy indicators, and is usually confined in the digestive system. A real food allergy will cause an immune system reaction affecting numerous body organs, and so the problems could be grave and in many cases life-threatening. You will need to recognize the difference if you have a reaction to a particular food, because health danger and also the cure for each are going to be not the same.

A lot of people who believe they’ve got a food allergy to a particular food are experiencing food intolerance. Examples of this are the shortcoming to completely digest a food, such as instances of lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, food poison as a result of toxins, stress or psychological aspects, and frequent digestive condition triggered by eating gluten, a protein in wheat and other grains. Staying spot on to our theme of dietary worries, I would like to explore in-depth the region of sensitivity to food additives. Sulfites are sulfur based compounds that could appear naturally or be added to foods acting as an enhancer and preservative. The FDA estimates that one in 100 people is susceptible to this compound, although in my experience the numbers seem superior. This food intolerance can come about at any time, and its cause at this time is unknown.

Although sulfites are banned on fruits and vegetables that may be consumed uncooked, such as apples, they may still be found in various cooked and processed foods, and naturally in the manufacturing process of making beer and wine. The number two defense for those which possess a food intolerance to sulfite is avoiding foods which are prone to include sulfites is to read the labels on all food items, as rules at the moment necessitate manufacturers of their processed goods to register the compounds on their merchandise labels. We feel that the number one protection is avoiding processed foods entirely, and stick to an eating routine of fresh fruits and veggies. When checking labels, the sulfite-containing ingredients to seek will be sulfur dioxide, potassium bisulfate or metabisulfite, or sodium bisulfate, sodium metabisulfite, or sodium sulfite.

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Five Tips To Boost Your Metabolic Rate

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There is quite a lot of discussion about metabolism on line, in the press, and on TV talk shows but do you have a clear understanding of what “metabolism” is? This article includes a basic definition of what metabolism is, why it is so important, and some ideas on how to make it better.

The word “metabolism” come from a Greek term and is used to refer to the various chemical reactions that take place in all living organisms necessary to life itself. It is these chemical processes that allow growth, reproduction, basic structure maintenance, and responses to changes in the surrounding environment. There are two parts of metabolism:

Anabolism uses energy to build parts of cell structure like nucleic acids and proteins

Catabolism digests organic matter for other uses like harvesting energy

It is the function of metabolism to determine which compounds a given organism will consider nutritious and which will be poisonous. Just one example is some forms of life recently discovered around deep sea vents live on hydrogen sulfide which is a deadly poison to any animal.

But it is our metabolic rate that we are most interested in.

Our metabolic rate is a measurement of energy expended while we are at rest in a neutrally temperate climate. This is the amount of energy needed to keep the basic function of the body going. Obviously, this expenditure of energy results in calories being consumed and is, in fact, the largest part of our daily calorie burn.

It just stands to reason that any changes made to our metabolic rate to increase the number of calories consumed will be a huge help in losing weight, cardiovascular health, and overall wellbeing. With that goal in mind, here are just a few ideas on how to supercharge your metabolism:

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Five Tips to Build Muscles Without the Dreaded Fats

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If a person is trying to build muscles, it is normal for him/her to accumulate fats as well because they would tend to consume more calories for their muscle build-up. The key here is to increase one’s metabolic rate in order to easily burn-off all those fats that were accumulated. So make sure that you concentrate on increasing your metabolic rate, in order to help you with gaining muscle without gaining fat.

Accumulate More Strength

Remember that you need a lot of strength in order for you to build more muscles in your body. And if you’ve got enough strength to build muscles, you will be able to burn more calories as well, which could lower those fats in your body. The key to this is on following a strength training program for your workout routine that should include Squats exercises, such as Strong Lifts.

Consume More Calories

Fats act like an emergency storage for your body, so if you do not eat enough, then your body will rely on your accumulated fats. So make sure that you consume good amount of calories, because your body needs food to fuel it up for muscle building during the recovery time from your workouts. And of course, you need calories to increase more weight as well.

Eat Well

Since you need to gain weight when building muscles, you will end up gaining fats too as a result of your weight gain. But you can decrease your chances of gaining more fats if you just eat the right way. Practice the 90/10 or the 80/20 rule, which means consuming healthy food for six days and binge on junk foods only in one day.

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Fertility Herbal Supplements – Natural Treatment For Amenorrhea & Irregular Periods

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There are pros and cons to an irregular menstrual cycle. For one, the absence of ovulation for a few months up to a year becomes an inherent form of birth control. But then again in the upkeep of female reproductive health, any instance of failed menstruation in women-called Amenorrhea in the medical jargon-should be treated accordingly, not just for pro-creative ends but also in the purpose of sustaining general female health. Amenorrhea affects around 1% of women in their reproductive age and while the condition is a major cause for infertility, prolonged amenorrhea could trigger the irregular thickening of the uterus lining that sets the stage for endometrial cancer.

Doctors usually prescribe the intake of contraceptives to regularize menstruation. True enough, birth control pills work to induce menstruation but the side effects of binge eating, sluggishness, mood disorders and weight gain often persuade many to discontinue its use. Moreover, critics maintain that while contraceptives do promote monthly bleeding, this does not actually qualify as menstruation. So that leaves affected women with two options. One would be to dabble with the risks of hormone treatments and fertility medications or perhaps take the alternative route and use herbal supplements to restore reproductive health.

A number of herbal remedies have been widely administered since the ancient times to enhance sexual functioning and treat infertility. To this day, the potency of these natural remedies has not lost its efficacy despite the influx of its pharmaceutical counterparts.

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Fertility Foods Easing Trouble Conceiving

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Ovulation problems account for one quarter or more of all cases of infertility, and the good news is that there are ways to encourage regular ovulation by using fertility foods and having a healthy lifestyle.

The Nurses’ Health Study, long-term study involving 18,555 female nurses in Boston, compared the dietary patterns and lifestyle of women who become pregnant naturally with the ones having trouble conceiving, with surprising results.

Among other information, it became evident that the amount of daily carbohydrate does not affect fertility, but their quality can indeed interfere. So instead of consuming too much simple carbohydrate, like white bread, potatoes and soft drinks with sugar, it is recommended to consume complex carbohydrates, present in high-fiber foods like whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruits – fertility foods – that increase the chances of pregnancy.

The intake of polyunsaturated fat and iron in the diet also promotes regular ovulation, unlike the consumption of trans fats, which hinder ovulation. It is believed that the unsaturated fats increase fertility by decreasing the resistance to insulin action in tissues, and act as natural anti-inflammatories, the exact opposite of the action of trans fats. Fertility foods rich in polyunsaturated fat: flax seeds, walnuts, oily fish such as mackerel, salmon and herring.

Another step to improving ovulation is to eat more protein from vegetables and less animal protein. The consumption of fish or eggs did not influence the rate of ovulation, but adding a daily ration of fertility foods like beans and lentils, tofu, soy products, nuts, peanuts and nuts offered more protection from disturbances in ovulation.

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Fertility Help – To Make Each Woman Complete

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In our fast-moving world of changing values, this might be misconstrued as a very traditional, even a backward, way of thinking. There are a lot of things that make a woman complete – achieving financial and emotional independence, gaining maturity and a better understanding of her self-worth, having a successful career, and being surrounded and loved by friends and family. But ask any woman who has tried, but failed, to get pregnant and you will understand that this sentiment remains true. And this is further born out by the abundance of resources providing fertility help for women.

For hopeful mothers-to-be who delayed pregnancy for different reasons, for women who have tried but failed, and for those who just want to optimize their chances of conceiving, here are some fertility help tips for you.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle. A healthy body will ensure that all your organs are working perfectly, including your reproductive organs. Your chances of being pregnant improve considerably if you have a healthy body. The same goes for your ability to carry the baby to term, or throughout the entire nine and a half month duration of your pregnancy.

Supplement with vitamins and minerals. Most of the vitamins and minerals needed for the growth and development of a healthy baby are readily provided in a balanced diet. But some need to be supplemented. Mothers-to-be should take folic acid supplementation 3 months prior to actually getting pregnant and continue taking it for the first 3 months of pregnancy. This is to prevent neural tube defects in the developing fetus. You should also stack up on vitamin B complex, calcium, and iron because most of your body’s reserves will be used during the entire duration of the pregnancy.

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