What are Allergies? - Nonuttin' Foods Inc

By: Nonuttin  09-12-2011
Keywords: Allergies

Allergies come in many forms, the most common cause of an allergy being particles in the air such as with hay fever.

Allergies are the body’s reaction to a specific protein or, in the case of sulfites, a specific chemical. The body mistakenly believes the protein or chemical to be an allergen and musters the body’s immune system to create antibodies to protect against that allergen. Once these antibodies are created, they attach themselves to mast cells. The next time the person is exposed to that specific allergen, the proteins of that allergen become attached to the antibodies. The mast cells then explode, causing histamines to be released into the body and the symptoms begin.

Symptoms of a minor allergic response can include runny, itchy, stuffy nose; sneezing; watery, itchy eyes; and fatigue. These are very similar to cold symptoms. People with asthma may find their attacks are triggered by allergens.

An anaphylactic (or deadly) response can include one or some of the following:

wheezing or difficulty breathing; tingling in the mouth; swollen lips, throat, tongue or face; hives, skin rash, itching, feeling of warmth; significant swelling around the site of an insect sting; abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting; faintness or loss of consciousness.

Allergies are different from an intolerance or disease (such as Celiac). While an intolerance or disease can be painful and frustrating to live with, they are not a response from the immune system. Symptoms of an intolerance or disease include:

nausea, vomiting; gas, cramping or bloating; diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, fatigue, headaches, inability to concentrate.

To determine whether a particular symptom is indicative of an allergy, intolerance or disease, careful consultation with your family doctor and/or an allergist is imperative.

No one knows for certain what causes allergies. What we do know is that all allergies and asthma are on the rise. For some reason, third world countries do not see the same immune system issues that developed countries do. The prevalent reasoning for this is what is referred to as hygiene theory

This theory is based on the belief that we have become too clean in our daily living. It is believed that our immune systems develop by exposure to dirt, animals, and bacteria. Now that we live in a more hygienic world, the premise is that our immune systems have not fully developed and are turning on what should be innocuous substances as if they were a mortal threat.

Keywords: Allergies

Contact Nonuttin

Email - none provided

Print this page

Other products and services from Nonuttin


Dietician's Report - Nonuttin' Foods Inc

This may, in fact, be quite an advantage for some individuals who struggle to find the proper balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat in their snacks to slow down the absorption of sugar into their blood stream. Individuals following the Canadian Diabetes Association food exchange symbols may use these bars as either: 1 starch and 1 fat choice OR 2 fruit and 1 fat choice.


Allergen Declarations - Nonuttin' Foods Inc

On their label due to sesame monitoring we are doing on 3 ingredients used in these 5 products: Raw Sunflower Seeds, Fruit Explosion Trail Mix, Berry Delight Trail Mix, Blueberry Maple Granola, and Cranberry Apple Granola. GlutenAll of our products are certified Gluten Free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization which has a standard of 10 parts per million.


Helpful Hints - Nonuttin' Foods Inc

On my quest I came across a great book called "What your doctor may not tell you about children's allergies and asthma: simple steps to help stop attacks and improve your child's health" by Paul Ehrlich and Larry Chiaramonte. The school has implemented a nut-free policy and every fall information is sent home to the parents explaining the seriousness of the allergy and outlining options for a peanut and nut free lunch.


Allergy Resources - Nonuttin' Foods Inc

An informative report and documentation on what may cause allergies, what to look for in detecting allergies and a list of recommendations and resources. Get the latest news on allergies, preventative measures and allergy alerts for foods. It also lists the latest allergy alerts in foods.


Product FAQs - Nonuttin' Foods Inc

Check out a location close to you on our page.We update this list regularly but it is a good idea to phone your local store before you go to be sure they have the Nonuttin' products you want. In terms of sugar, all varieties of Nonuttin' Granola Bars have less than 2/3 the sugar in a medium apple. Nonuttin' products are sold mainly in natural food and health stores in many states.