Tips for staying safe with food allergies

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton answers your health questions and shares her daily prescription for wellness.
2:25 | 12/04/23

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>> Erielle: GO OUT ON TOP. >> DeMarco: EXACTLY RIGHT. >> DeMarco: EXACTLY RIGHT. >> Erielle: SPEAKING OF ON TOP, >> Erielle: SPEAKING OF ON TOP, DR. JEN JOINING US NOW WITH DR. JEN JOINING US NOW WITH MEDICAL QUESTIONS FROM VIEWERS. MEDICAL QUESTIONS FROM VIEWERS. ARE THERE CERTAIN FOODS THAT CAN ARE THERE CERTAIN FOODS THAT CAN HELP BOOST YOUR METABOLISM? HELP BOOST YOUR METABOLISM? ASKING FOR A FRIEND. ASKING FOR A FRIEND. >> Dr. Jen: GREAT QUESTION. >> Dr. Jen: GREAT QUESTION. THE ANSWER IS KIND OF YES. THE ANSWER IS KIND OF YES. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE THE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE THE CATEGORY OF THERMAL EFFECTIVE CATEGORY OF THERMAL EFFECTIVE FOOD. FOOD. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BURNING WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BURNING CALORIES CALOR CALORIES, WE'RE NOT JUST TALKING CALORIES, WE'RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT HOW WE MOVE OR HOW WE ABOUT HOW WE MOVE OR HOW WE REST. REST. WE TALKED ABOUT SHAKING YOUR LEG WE TALKED ABOUT SHAKING YOUR LEG AND EVEN STANDING UP BURNS AND EVEN STANDING UP BURNS CALORIES. CALORIES. WE'RE ALSO TALKING ABOUT THE WE'RE ALSO TALKING ABOUT THE ENERGY WE HAVE TO EXPEND ON A ENERGY WE HAVE TO EXPEND ON A METABOLIC AND CELLULAR LEVEL TO METABOLIC AND CELLULAR LEVEL TO DIGEST OUR FOOD. DIGEST OUR FOOD. SOME OF THE PURPORTED FOODS THAT SOME OF THE PURPORTED FOODS THAT HELP IN THIS SENSE, COFFEE, TEA, HELP IN THIS SENSE, COFFEE, TEA, PROTEIN IS A BIG ONE. PROTEIN IS A BIG ONE. IT TAKES US MUCH MORE ENERGY TO IT TAKES US MUCH MORE ENERGY TO METABOLIZE AND DIGEST PROTEIN METABOLIZE AND DIGEST PROTEIN THAN OTHER TYPES OF FOOD. THAN OTHER TYPES OF FOOD. HIGH-FIBER FOODS AND THINGS LIKE HIGH-FIBER FOODS AND THINGS LIKE GINGER CAN HELP. GINGER CAN HELP. >> DeMarco: WHAT ABOUT SPICES? >> DeMarco: WHAT ABOUT SPICES? >> Erielle: TUMERIC WE HEAR >> Erielle: TUMERIC WE HEAR ABOUT. ABOUT. >> Dr. Jen: CHILI PEPPERS. >> Dr. Jen: CHILI PEPPERS. >> Erielle: I LIKE ALL THESE >> Erielle: I LIKE ALL THESE THINGS THI THINGS. THINGS. >> Dr. Jen: YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT >> Dr. Jen: YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A VERY SMALL AMOUNT. A VERY SMALL AMOUNT. THAT TERM METABOLISM IS THROWN THAT TERM METABOLISM IS THROWN AROUND LOOSELY. AROUND LOOSELY. IT'S MUCH MORE COMPLICATED THAN IT'S MUCH MORE COMPLICATED THAN EATING MORE OR LESS THAN ONE EATING MORE OR LESS THAN ONE FOOD. FOOD. >> DeMarco: YOUR PRESCRIPTION >> DeMarco: YOUR PRESCRIPTION FOR WELLNESS? FOR WELLNESS? >> Dr. Jen: PEOPLE WHO HAVE FOOD >> Dr. Jen: PEOPLE WHO HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES, I'M ONE OF THEM, HOW ALLERGIES, I'M ONE OF THEM, HOW TO SAFEGUARD YOURSELF WHEN YOU TO SAFEGUARD YOURSELF WHEN YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH THIS. HAVE TO LIVE WITH THIS. READING FOOD LABELS IS READING FOOD LABELS IS ABSOLUTELY A MUST NOW. ABSOLUTELY A MUST NOW. THEY'VE GOTTEN BETTER RECENTLY THEY'VE GOTTEN BETTER RECENTLY WITH IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL WITH IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ALLERGINS. ALLERGINS. NOTIFYING A SERVER, MANAGER OR NOTIFYING A SERVER, MANAGER OR CHEF WHEN YOU'RE OUT, THAT IS CHEF WHEN YOU'RE OUT, THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT. REALLY IMPORTANT. SOMETIMES THEY KNOW. SOMETIMES THEY KNOW. SOMETIMES THEY DON'T KNOW. SOMETIMES THEY DON'T KNOW. DON'T SHARE UTENSILS OR EVEN DON'T SHARE UTENSILS OR EVEN KISSING SOMEONE AFTER THEY'VE KISSING SOMEONE AFTER THEY'VE EATEN CAN BE DANGEROUS IN SOME EATEN CAN BE DANGEROUS IN SOME CASES. CASES. ALWAYS CARRY TWO DOSES OF ALWAYS CARRY TWO DOSES OF MEDICATION, SO AN EPI PEN, MEDICATION, SO AN EPI PEN, BENADRYL, STEROIDS. BENADRYL, STEROIDS. >> Erielle: I KISSED MY SON >> Erielle: I KISSED MY SON MAVERICK AND WE JUST FOUND OUT MAVERICK AND WE JUST FOUND OUT HE HAS A SESAME ALLERGY. HE HAS A SESAME ALLERGY. HE HAD A LITTLE KISS MARK, BUT HE HAD A LITTLE KISS MARK, BUT IT FREAKED ME

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