Is What You’re Eating Making You Sick?

food-allergy-pic-214x300Do you make eating a healthy diet a priority? Did you know that some of the healthy foods you eat, even ones that you eat frequently, may actually be making you feel bad, as well as harming your overall health?

Sometimes even a ‘good’ food can be ‘bad’ for a certain individual, due to their personal allergies and sensitivities. 

One of my passions is treating each patient as an individual; we are all unique and have our own specific needs.  For optimal health, I believe it’s beneficial to determine the best foods for you to eat to help you feel, look and live your best, as well as determine the foods that you should avoid.

You may think that you don’t have any food sensitivities, but perhaps the symptoms have gone unnoticed.  Your body, however, is very aware of the sensitivity and it is affecting you internally.

There are two types of allergic reactions to food.  One is easier for you to identify, the other often goes unnoticed and unaddressed.

The 2 Types of Allergic Reaction

Immediate Reaction: this occurs within hours of ingesting the specific food item

Symptoms can vary including:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Throat Constriction
  • Tingling Extremities
  • Diarrhea

Because of the immediate, usually strong reaction after eating a certain food, it is usually easier to tell that you are allergic to something and what that specific item is.

Delayed Reaction: these symptoms occur up to 72 hours after food is ingested

Because of the delayed reaction, it’s often difficult to tell which food you have sensitivity to (Think of all the different things you eat in a 3 day period!)  Unidentified food sensitivities can actually contribute to many serious illnesses including Autism, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Ear Infection and even Eczema, as well as many others.

Foods that you have a sensitivity to can cause internal inflammation in your body, which opens the door to many serious health conditions including heart disease and even cancer.

The Most Common Allergy Causing Foods Are:

  • Milk
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Tree Nuts

Though these items are the most common foods people have sensitivities to, there are many others foods that can cause an allergic reaction as well. This is why we test for 96 different food allergens in our patients with the Alletess Food Sensitivity Test.  Once the offending foods have been determined, we can customize an eating and treatment plan to address your needs.

The end result?

  • Inflammation is greatly reduced in your body, preventing many different diseases
  • Allergic symptoms are eliminated: everything from excess bloating to skin irritations related to your sensitivity dissipate
  • Overall health and quality of life, including energy, will greatly improve.  Your body will be functioning at it’s optimal level based on the customized fuel you are feeding it.
You can learn more about our food allergy testing here as well as gluten intolerance here.
Additional Resources:
  • For more great information on food allergies and how what you eat so dramatically effects your health, please visit Dr. Mark Hyman’s site.
  • Alletess Medical Laboratory’s website also has helpful information about the testing that we utilize.

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