Food allergies and sensitivities have become a hot topic, with so many individuals believing they are reacting to foods and harming their health. In some cases this may be, HOWEVER, we have tests that conclusively report which foods your immune system is reacting to. Once testing is done, informed, scientific, and individually based meal plans can be instituted to calm the immune system from over-reacting to foods.
In my practice, for individuals that suspect food sensitivities, I can order a blood based test for delayed food sensitivities to 150 different foods and commonly ingested chemicals(from food or medicine).
Some sensitivities do not evidence in symptoms for up to 72 hours after consuming a food, making it difficult to narrow down which food is causing undo pain and harm to the body. If you are suffering from any of the following conditions, this testing is your next step to recovering and healing your body.
Migraines and/or chronic headaches – Usually people suffering from migraines know of one or two triggers but don’t realize how many foods are triggers because of the delayed reaction process.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – This condition has a 3 out of 4 remission rate with proper food sensitivity testing and associated elimination diet.
Fibromyalgia, and/or Joint Pain – If immune complex’s cannot be cleared (disposed) through the liver quickly enough, complex’s will be ‘stored’ in the joints just to get them out of the bloodstream causing arthritic like pain.
Auto Immune diseases. Simply put, 80% our immune system resides right in our Gastro-Intestinal tract. Eating foods that your body is 'reactive' to brings on an immune system response that can wreak havoc and inflammation across the entire body.
Acid reflux/GERD/heart burn – Foods can trigger what is commonly mistaken as acid reflux, and really it is Eosinophilic Esophagitis. If the condition hasn’t been evaluated for true excess acid (Bravo test), it is worth ruling out food sensitivities for relief.
Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis – The skin is the largest organ for detoxification. Consuming reactive foods is a little like eating poison and the body wants to get rid of it as fast as possible. It will then release toxins to the skin. Eliminating these foods your body is reactive to can quickly improve uncomfortable skin conditions.
Weight Imbalances – People often lose weight once trigger foods are removed as their body has less inflammation and is not in a crisis state, but can properly focus metabolic efforts on weight balance.
ADD, ADHD, Autism, Depression– Foods trigger an immune response, the ‘mediators’ are released and enter the bloodstream, and then circulate systemically. They DO cross the blood brain barrier and cause symptoms.
What is one mans food and medicine can be another mans poison. Our bodies are unique and our immune systems react based on our genetics, our diet history, our environment, stress levels and overall health. If we can identify and remove offending trigger foods, relief can follow in just days.
Aren't There Different Types of Food Reactions?
You may be asking, aren't there different types of food allergies? The answer is YES! There are four basic types of true adverse food reactions.
Non-immune response. The most common example of this is lactose intolerance. Some people can’t digest the milk sugar 'lactose'. They lack an enzyme called lactase. But to be clear, this reaction is not mediated by the immune system…it is solely because a digestive enzyme is missing entirely or is insufficient. There are other reactions similar to this and unless a trained professional is involved, most go through life not understanding why they can’t eat certain foods.
Type 1, IgE mediated, immune response. Think true Food Allergy! This IS an immune response and it is IMMEDIATE. Reactions typically occur within minutes to an hour and may be fatal in severe circumstances(think anaphylaxis response). Usual suspects are milk, eggs, fish, strawberries, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, soy, and wheat. An allergist is accustomed to dealing with this type of food reaction. Most often they will perform skin tests.
Type 3, immune mediated, delayed, responses such as IgG, IgA, IgM. These may be called food allergies, or may also be called food sensitivities. Technically, they ARE an immune response but to differentiate them from the IgE reaction, it is sometimes easier to call them ‘food sensitivities’. People with delayed food reactions often can not figure out which food is the culprit because by the time a reaction occurs, so many foods have been consumed that isolating one is difficult. Keep in mind that although bread is one food, it contains 4-12 ingredients. To identify THE ingredient that caused a migraine without accurate testing is virtually impossible once you realize how many ingredients are in each food. Type 4, sensitized T cell, reactions. This also is an immune reaction, and it is also delayed. This is a direct antigen-antibody response. Meaning that the immune system directly attacks the foreigner, attaches itself to it, and creates what is known as an immune complex. Once formed, the complex must now be disposed of.
The testing ordered for my clients will test for type 3 and type 4 reactions. These are the reactions that have been identified as culprits in the above listed conditions.
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