Food Allergies and Dark Circles Under The Eyes

Did you know that food allergies and dark circles go hand in hand?

We have definitely noticed that when my children have been accidentally exposed to milk or soy, they develop a very specific set of symptoms.  One of these is dark circles under both eyes.  It is so common in children that it is known by medical professionals as “allergic shiners”.  So, when the behavior is off, the first thing we check is their eyes.  Whoever said that the eyes are the window to the soul only had half the story!  The eyes are the window to the health of our bodies.

Check out this video discussing some of the things that cause dark circles under the eyes in children.

Have you noticed food allergies and dark circles under the eyes of your kids?


Can Immunotherapy Change Our DNA and Reverse Food Allergies?

Just found this interesting video on YouTube. Researchers at Stanford have found that immunotherapy can actually alter a part of a person’s DNA and reverse allergies! It may even offer some protection for the children of people with allergies. Sounds exciting to me!

According to WebMD immunotherapy is:

“When you get allergy shots (immunotherapy), your allergist or doctor injects small doses of substances that you are allergic to (allergens) under your skin. This helps your body “get used to” the allergen, which can result in fewer or less severe symptoms of allergic rhinitis.”

This particular study looked at Oral Immunotherapy which is somewhat controversial because it carries a greater risk during the treatment phase.  But, this kind of discovery may lead to more research and, eventually, a way to make this safer.  So take a look below and see what you think!

Signs and Symptoms of Food Intolerance

So, what does a food intolerance look like?  In our family, it looks a lot like a random stomach bug that hits anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 days after consuming the triggering food.  But, reallly, it can look lots of different ways.  Here is a list of just some of the possibles signs or symptoms of food intolerance:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • rashes, including hives and eczema
  • headaches, including migraines
  • fatigue
  • shakiness
  • weakness
  • mood swings
  • gas
  • nasal congestion
  • sinusitis
  • asthma
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • unproductive cough
  • constipation
  • anaphylaxis
  • autism
  • inability to concentrate

And remember, this is only a partial list and we are still discovering all of the different effects that food can trigger in the human body.