Milk Allergy Symptoms Can Make Your Life Miserable
One of the symptoms of a milk allergy or any food allergy is the addiction to that food. Withdrawing from that food by elimination can cause severe cravings and withdraw symptoms. Such as: Headaches, diarrhea, constipation, nervousness and sleeplessness.
A milk allergy is especially symptomatic because of the various drugs given to the dairy cattle in our modern times. Drugs like, hormones, antibiotics, and a wide assortment of additives added to their grain.
Because of these additives and drugs research is discovering the hormones injected into the cattle is causing children in the United States are going through puberty at a much younger age than ever in history.
Along with the drugs used by the dairy industry it is also documented that the process used to preserve the milk for longer storage life and shipping, such as homogenization and pasteurization is turning the milk into a formula that is no longer a healthy food, it's become very hard to digest.
Research is finding this process is what is causing an epidemic of many diseases like:
Breast and Colon Cancer
The entire list is endless and growing day by day. Even the common cold, sinus infections, earaches, and bedwetting can be linked back to suffering from milk allergy.
If these discoveries aren't bad enough to convince you to eliminate milk from your family's diet then maybe another research will.
If your child is being diagnosed as suffering the common emotional and learning disorders that public schools and physicians are insisting on putting your child on mind-altering drugs to control your child then you need to go to:
Research has proven children that suffer from;
These may be signs your child is suffering from a form of food or environmental allergy.
Identify the Symptoms of Milk Allergy
The frustration of dealing with an allergy can be so overwhelming that at first it just seems easier to just call an allergist and get tests done and over with. I know from experience this method rarely works. I put my son through a series of allergy tests over a 6-week period. It was an ordeal I will always regret putting him through. In the end the tests showed mold, dust, and cat allergies. Which is a pretty common diagnosis.
What the tests didn't show was what was causing my sons
severe dry itchy skin
weak immune system
The tests showed no signs of milk allergy.
Some symptoms of milk allergy can stand out like a sore thumb. Symptoms like diarrhea, stomach cramps, or indigestion.
Most symptoms of milk allergy are so subtle that you really have to put on your detective hat and start investigating, keep records, and experiment to find the answers you are looking for.
Start by paying attention to sudden changes in personality after eating. Watch for circles or dark shadows under the eyes. Pay attention to sudden food binges, like eating a lot of ice cream, yogurt, cereal with milk, or cheesy foods. Even a sudden spike in energy or sudden exhaustion can be a sign of something getting into the bloodstream that isn't keeping the body in balance. Nightmares and bedwetting is another sign to look for. Take note of every little thing you notice after a meal or snack.
The easiest and safest way to really get to the bottom of any food allergy is to learn how to use the Food Elimination Allergy Diet.There are three types of Food Elimination Allergy Diets.
Discovering Hidden Dairy Ingredients Can Be A Challenge
Once you start investigating into food allergies and narrow your search down to dairy allergy you'll be amazed at the hidden dairy ingredients disguised in many products. At first you'll start wondering if there is any good food left to eat!
When my family made the decision to eliminate dairy from our diet it seemed to change our life style in many ways. Like any major change it felt overwhelming at first. Once you learn the many names of diary ingredients you'll quickly realize that buying processed and fast food isn't a good idea when you are dealing with a milk allergy.
At first you'll probably hate the thought of going to the grocery store. You'll find you're spending a lot of time reading labels and ingredients. The good news is, once you start to learn what food to avoid and what food is safe it will quickly become habit.
Discovering what foods have dairy products added will be an eye opening experience for you. You will find most brands of bread, cereal and processed soup have diary added to them. Some are labeled as ingredients while others are labeled as preservatives.
If you suspect a milk allergy and want to try eliminating milk products to test and see if you notice an improvement in your symptoms then you'll need to eliminate all dairy products from your diet.
Here is a list of diary products, additives, and preservatives to look for and avoid:
Casein or caseinate (a milk protein), whey or lactose (milk sugar)
Of course you realize you'll need to stay away from all milk, it doesn't matter if it's whole milk skim milk, 2% milk, malted milk, Ovaltine, powdered milk condensed milk, evaporated milk, dried milk, powder milk, buttermilk, most cocoa, all instant cocoa preparation, "Nondairy" substitutes, such as Coffee Mate, Prem, and Cool Whip contain casein or caseinate, a milk protein.
Stay away from all bread, cereal, and grain that contain milk or dairy products. Such as, bread and rolls, muffins, popovers, baking powder biscuits, griddle cakes and waffles, donuts, swieback, biscuit mixes, noodles, macaroni, and spaghetti; most commercially made breads, except Italian; dry cereals, if made with milk, and instant cream of wheat and rice, if made with milk; or the new high-calcium dry cereals such as Dairy Crisp.
Watch out for Fats and Salad Dressings, butter and some margarine. Check salad dressing labels for cheese, buttermilk, or sour cream.
You'll also be surprised that meats, poultry, and fish has to be checked out before eating. Just a simple thing like the breading used to coat the meat can have a lot of diary as an ingredient. Even frankfurters, lunch meats, creamed meats, and even some meat loaf can have milk or a dairy product as an added ingredient.
You're not even safe with vegetables if you enjoy creamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, au gratin and scalloped dishes.
Deserts can be the most deceiving when it comes to added dairy products. Of course you would figure custards, puddings, ice cream sherbets, and yogurts would be made from milk, but you will always have to check cakes, cookies, creamed pies, and pie crusts are made with butter, some candies and especially milk chocolate will ruin any diet that is designed to eliminate milk allergy.
Don't forget the miscellaneous items like rarebits, curd, creamed or milk-based soups, bisques, cream sauces, milk gravies, fritters, soufflés and omelets; egg replacements, scrambled eggs, plus any combinations dishes the might contain milk.
As you can see suffering from a milk allergy and designing a diet that will eliminate dairy from your family meals isn't an easy task, but it's without a doubt doable. You might have to give up that weekly pizza and that ride to the ice cream shop but it's a small price to pay when you're the one suffering from the symptoms.
I have found the best way to approach this diet is just simply try eliminating all dairy products from the meals and snacks for a few days. You'll see a significant decrease in symptoms within a few days. But you have to be careful to read the labels and know what you're dealing with.
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