4. Organ Meat
The mindset around food was different than it is now. Food wasn’t wasted. They saved bones to make broth and ate organs as well as flesh. There are vitamins and minerals in these parts of the animals that make them significant contributors to well-rounded nutrition.
Furthermore, farmers didn’t inject animals with antibiotics and chemicals to make them grow faster. Most of all, meat packaged for sale didn’t contain chemicals and dyes to make them look fresher. Adequate nutrition supports the immune system, dispatching potential allergens.
5. No Additives, Thickeners, Stabilizers, or GMOs
Genetically-modified organisms (GMO) didn’t exist when your grandparents were kids so what you saw was what you got. Farming practices didn’t yet employ the widespread use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides that cause food allergy.
6. Limited Doctor Visits
When your grandparents were sick, they took care of themselves with the help of traditional medicine. Lots of fluids, chicken soup, rest, home remedies, healing foods and herbs were all part of the process.
They didn’t go to the doctor every time they weren’t feeling their best. They didn’t take medication for every little discomfort but relied (from previous experience) on the normal healing process to feel better again. Many didn’t even have access to a nearby clinic or hospital.Going to the doctor meant you needed a bone set or stitches or suffered a life-threatening condition.
Every human-made medication has an impact on the immune system and can impair immune function, causing food allergy.
7. The Great Outdoors
In days gone by, people actually spent time outdoors playing, socializing, traveling, and exercising. There weren’t electronic devices at their fingertips for entertainment and many people still worked outside in labor or agriculture. Exposure to fresh air, activity, and sunshine kept their immune systems working optimally. In fact, there is a direct correlation to vitamin D deficiency and allergies; the best source of vitamin D is sunshine.
How all these generational differences affect the experience of a food allergy is fairly straightforward.
- The progressive introduction of chemicals in/on food and the air contribute significantly to allergic reactions.
- Proper nutrition and physical activity are necessary for healthy immune system function.
It’s interesting to note that genetically-modified food hit widespread production in the American market in the mid-1990s, immediately before allergy rates began to exponentially increase. A coincidence?