I recently came across this quick self-test for determining whether or not you are allergic to a particular food. I haven’t tried it myself, but it comes from a very credible source. This can be an easy way to test kids for common food allergies such as dairy or gluten.
When you are having an allergic reaction to a food, your pulse rate will increase after eating the food. Therefore, by taking your pulse before and after eating the food, you can find out if you are allergic. The process is below.
Sit down and relax for a few minutes. Once you are completely relaxed, count the number of beats in your wrist for 60 seconds. Normal pulse varies by age, but should look something like this:
- Newborn infants: 100 – 160 beats per minute
- Children 1 – 10 years: 70 – 120 beats per minute
- Children over 10 years: 60 – 100 beats per minute
- Adults: 60 – 100 beats per minute
- Well-trained athletes: 40 – 60 beats per minute
After you get your 60-second pulse, eat the food you suspect you may be allergic to. Wait 20 minutes, and then take your pulse again. If your pulse rate has increased more than 10 beats per minute, you may be allergic to that food. Eliminate it from your diet for one month, and then redo this test to see if you get a similar result.