It’s a fairly safe bet that your grandparents didn’t have food allergies, as mine didn’t. This is in stark comparison to the situation today, an epidemic of food allergies that just keeps getting worse. The Centers for disease control and prevention released a study in 2013 in which they state that, food allergies among children increased by about 50% between 1997 and 2011
Although some would argue that they didn’t have testing for food allergies and/or food sensitivity back then and that there was not much focus on these issues, there is still an obvious increase in documented food allergies happening nowadays.
So why could it be that your and my grandparents didn’t have allergies?
It’s actually quite simple:
Why our grandparents didn’t have food allergies:
1) They ate only food that was in season.
In the early 1900s, food was supplied by small markets and farms and, because there wasn’t much use of food preservatives, the food was really fresh. There was a lack of processed foods and they got all the nutrition they needed from their food. Babies were fed with breast milk, a natural product that was always in season.
2) They ate when food was available and they didn’t play any restrictive games with their bodies and metabolism. There were none of the detrimental dieting habits of today, no counting calories, fad diets or food marketing. This means that they had healthy metabolisms and ate depending on their body’s needs.
3) They cooked their meals at home, using traditional preparation methods that started from scratch.
They didn’t have the option of buying processed foods, and it was a rare luxury to eat out. Fortunately for our grandparents, these habits were also healthy ones.
4) They didn’t have food additives, stabilizers, thickeners, and GMOs.
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The food they ate had not been treated with antibiotics, additives and hormones in order to help preserve the food’s shelf life and line the pockets of producers of food at the consumer’s expense and health.
5) They ate the whole animals, including the mineral rich bones and organ meats.
They saved the bones or bought them to make soups and broths, and there was always a special place for organ meats at the table. These foods never went to waste and their medicinal properties were valued.
6) They didn’t go to the doctor immediately they felt sick and they rarely took prescription medications. A visit to the doctor was saved for accidents and for life threatening situations.
If they got a fever, they waited for it to pass. They ate soups and broths and rested when they felt sick. They didn’t have their doctor or nurse’s numbers on speed dial and they trusted the natural healing powers of their bodies a lot more than today. Their medicine was their food, although they may not have realized it.
7) They spent a lot of their time outside.
Our grandparents didn’t have the option to just stay indoors and play on their computers, play stations or phones. They played on their swing sets, bikes, and out in the fresh air and in nature!
What does all this have to do with allergies?
We know that nutrition has an effect on each and every cell in our bodies. Our cells’ health depends on our lifestyle and diet. Cells create the tissues, which create the organs, and we are made up of a complex system of organs. An inadequate diet means that the integrity of the cells, tissues and organs in our bodies is at risk. Therefore, you may become MORE sensitive to certain foods.