Allergies to Superfoods are more common then one thinks. I am personally very experimental with food and love trying new things, especially when I know that they carry an increased amount of nutrition. However there is something I feel I need to highlight, especially as I see it more and more around me. It seems to be the most common in people who have shifted to a healthy diet that contains many 'new age' foods, and in the process developed digestive issues, respiratory issues and the likes.
'How can that be?' I hear you say, everything that's healthy is good for us!!
Well in theory yes, but in practice things are a little bit different. If you think about it, our bodies are used to receiving and processing foods that are grown in areas of the world where we live and where our ancestors lived. The body can get very confused when you give it something that has been grown at 4000m up a mountain on the other side of the world: it has never had it, doesn't recognise it and is simply not physiologically made to consume it. This can result in many different reactions in the body. My suggestion is to be careful when trying something new or unusual, even if its recognised as a superfood. Start with small amounts and keep your awareness on your body and how you feel over the weeks to come. Sometimes the reaction is not instantaneous, but rather a cumulative one as the body ingests more and more of the substance. On a personal note, having never suffered form any allergy at all, I noticed a reaction to the amazing Chia Seeds. After a few months of me consuming them quite frequently, I developed respiratory issues which got progressively worse. Following numerous trips to the doctor and no answers, I proceeded to eliminate several foods and found Chia seeds to be the culprit (symptoms gone for more then a year).
So Yes Superfoods can be absolutely amazing for you, but proceed with care when trying them out, especially with kids as the reactions can be stronger.
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