Snohomish Nutritional Counseling and Food Allergies

Snohomish nutritional counseling and food allergies management program helps patients make the most of their lives by empowering them with knowledge of taking responsibility of the body, awareness of the right products for a stronger self, and drive for positive changes in their lives. That may sound a little vague but let us clarify that for you. Snohomish nutritional counseling aids patients in managing their food and nutritional concerns through short and long term treatment strategies.

There are many reasons why patients seek the help and medication of nutrionists. Most of the time, this has something to do with their health – they might need help controlling their sugar or blood pressure, they might need assistance and support in losing weight, they have psychological issues like anxiety and depression, or they might have food allergies.

Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered the body’s immune system due to its response to food protein. Allergic reaction to food is no laughing matter. In fact, as many as 15 million people have food allergies. 9 million of which are adults and the remaining 6 million are children.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control found out that there is an 18% increase in food allergy between ten years, 1997 and 2007. There are food allergies that are generally resolved in childhood; however, if a patient goes beyond five years of age and he has not outgrown it yet, chances are he will have lifelong allergies.

Eight foods make up the top allergies-inducing food: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. We, Snohomish Nutrition Counselors, identified the following key symptoms for food allergies: hives, hoarse voice, and wheezing. Other symptoms of food allergies include: abdominal pain, diarrhea, swallowing difficulty, body itching, fainting or feeling lightheaded, nausea, runny nose, facial and body swelling, breathing difficulty, stomach cramps, and vomiting. These symptoms usually begin two hours after eating.

In the case of food allergies, prevention is always better than cure. Breastfeeding for at least four months prevents or delays food allergies. Nutritional counseling must be conducted to prevent the symptoms mentioned above. Of course, people who have food allergies might think that it will be better to avoid the food they are allergic to altogether and they may do they; however, we must emphasize that the those food are also common sources of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients.

Our nutritional counseling and Snohomish Food Allergies management program can help you get a balanced diet by providing alternative sources essential vitamins and minerals which are less or not allergenic.