GETTING READY FOR HALLOWEEN

As you prepare for Halloween 2015, the following are lists of allergen-free candies that you can stock up on.  Be sure to also visit Food Allergy Research and Education’s website (foodallergy.org) to learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project.  This national movement encourages Americans to offer non-food items to...

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CHOOSING A PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT

The term probiotic has become a popular ‘buzz’ word with research touting how these beneficial bacteria and yeasts may improve a number of conditions from immune function to gut health and more.  Probiotics can help keep disease-causing microbes at bay, play a role in immunity, break down certain food...

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IS ALLERGIC LIVING MORE EXPENSIVE?

With extra medical costs, trips to specialty food stores, time lost from work, and specialty camps/schools, one must wonder: How much money does it cost to raise an allergic child? In 2013, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, published her...

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FAMILY MEALTIME—REAPING THE BENEFITS

September is National Family Meals Month.  The benefits of eating together as a family can not be overstated.  Research has shown that families who eat together at least 3 or more times per week can reduce risky behaviors in children, increase their self esteem, and improve their nutritional health. ...

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Banishing Lunch Time Boredom for the Allergic Child

The allergic child has the same dietary needs as all children. Ensuring they meet these needs, however, often entails creativity and knowledge. Knowing how to replace nutrients that they might be missing from their allergic foods, in addition to varying their choices can be a challenge. Research shows that...

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How your diet can help with chronic inflammation

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes chronic inflammation in the hands and feet.  It can cause painful swelling and eventually lead to bone erosion and joint deformity. This disease is more common in women and often develops between the ages of 40-60 years.  Although there is no...

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GETTING BACK TO SCHOOL WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

Heading back to school with food allergies can create a unique set of challenges.  Whether its anxiety, concerns over bullying, or staying safe in a cafeteria, the allergic child, along with supportive caregivers, must create appropriate accommodations to ensure safety and acceptance. It is estimated that 16-18% of school-aged...

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COMMON MYTHS ABOUT FOOD ALLERGIES

1. I must be allergic to milk. I always have a stomachache after drinking it. A stomachache after ingesting a food does not necessarily indicate an allergy.  A food allergy is a very specific immune system response that reacts to proteins in foods and responds as if they were...

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AGING AND DIGESTION

With aging comes a number of digestive issues.  Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and flatulence are very common problems related to aging.  Oral health, lifestyle and diet, medication use, motility, hormones, and anatomy are among many of the contributing factors.  Eating a diet that minimizes inflammation and poor digestion lowers risk...

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STAYING HEALTHY WITH DIABETES

In 2012, 29.1 million Americans or 9.3% of the population had diabetes.  Of the 29.1 million, 21 million were diagnosed with the condition, while 8.1% remained undiagnosed. Keeping healthy with diabetes is key to effective management and quality of life.  This requires: -Eating according to a healthy meal plan...

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