Many people have health problems that are caused, triggered, or perpetuated by the foods they eat every day—and some don't even know it.
According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the 4 most common types of food intolerance are:
- Preservatives and Additives
Here are the most common symptoms of food reactivities that I see people struggling with:
- Acid reflux
- Brain fog
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Muscle/joint pain
- Sinus infections
- Skin problems
- Stomach cramps
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
Food allergies are growing, and many more Americans have food sensitivities and intolerance.
The terms food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerance are often used interchangeably. In short, allergies, sensitivities, and intolerance all affect the body in different ways, but how they make you feel can be very similar.
To understand why food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerance have such a great impact on our bodies, we need to first look into the immune system and where digestion occurs.
Our Immune Systems and Food Intolerance
The gastrointestinal system is home to roughly 75% of your immune system and is where your food is digested and absorbed. Hippocrates famously said, “All disease begins in the gut.” At it’s core overcoming food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerance involves healing your gut and therefore your immune system.
Your microbiome, the trillions of bacteria and yeast in your gut, regulate the immune system in complex and intricate ways. Recent studies suggest that bacterial imbalances in the microbiome can lead to immune dysregulation and allergies or intolerance with foods.
Other conditions like candida overgrowth, SIBO, and leaky gut syndrome can all be added stressors to the immune system. For example, with leaky gut syndrome, if foods are passing through the gut lining into the bloodstream the immune system may react to just about any foods, triggering inflammation throughout the body. In situations like these, even the healthiest foods cause food reactivities in people with these underlying gut problems and autoimmune diseases.
Autoimmune diseases, where the immune system attacks the body, have grown at an alarming rate in recent years, with an estimated 25 million people in the United States alone now struggling with one of more than 140 immune spectrum disorders. All of this again stemming from issues in the gut that are magnified by the foods we eat.
If you are going through any one of the 23 problems listed above, you may be suffering from a food allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance that is the root cause of the issue. You may also have an autoimmune condition or syndrome such as leaky gut.
Our bodies are extremely complex, and it’s critical to have specialized tests performed to determine the root cause of health challenges and uncover foods your body is not tolerating.
If you’ve never been food tested before, now is the time. Proper food tests look at nearly 100 specific foods to determine how your body reacts to these foods. Additionally, it’s critical to have a food sensitivity/intolerance test performed versus a food allergy test.
A food allergy test is looking at immediate reactions to food. For example, a person may eat strawberries or shellfish and quickly develop a rash or swelling. This is sign of an anaphylactic reaction. Although this is important for many, this is not what we are testing to determine root cause of chronic illness.
A food sensitivity/intolerance test is looking at DELAYED immune reaction. This can be a reaction that occurs between 12 and 72 hours after the food is ingested as these sensitivities are generally caused by an inability to digest a food in the digestive tract.
What Conditions Can Be Helped By Food Sensitivity/Intolerance Tests?
All 23 of the conditions listed above can be positively impacted by understanding foods that may be culprits. Here’s how each set of conditions can be helped with testing:
Weight Struggles / Weight Loss Resistance
When you eat foods that your immune system doesn’t like or that creates a reaction in your immune system, inflammation spikes as the body’s natural way of combating the reaction. It’s very difficult to lose weight when your body is inflamed. A food test will help to identify culprits that are wrecking your digestive and immune system and remove them from your diet.
Digestive Problems / IBS / Leaky Gut
Many digestive problems link back to a gluten sensitivity. We know that food sensitivities inflame the lining of your gut causing digestive dysfunction and allows bacteria and food particles to leak into the bloodstream. This causes another immune response and more inflammation.
Migraines are a common symptom for a lot of people, and research has shown migraines to have an inflammatory component as well. Inflammatory foods must be removed. There may be other causes of migraines, but food testing should be the first step.
Back Pain / Muscle Pain / Joint Pain
The standard American diet is very toxic, processed and pro-inflammatory. Fast food, processed carbohydrates, and sugar cause blood sugar spikes and inflammation. Chronic and systemic inflammation leads to achy joints, back pain, knee pain, and muscle pain. Food is at the root of much of the inflammatory response that causes aches and pains. Many of my patients that have removed certain foods from their diet have reduced pain so substantially that they were able to ween off pain pills and even avoid surgery!
Research has shown a link to food sensitivities and kids who struggle with ADHD. When we remove the foods that are harming the child's digestive system and immune system they begin to function better. Food testing is critical to determine which foods are harming a child’s digestive system.
It’s estimated that 20 million Americans struggle with low thyroid and another 10 million have gone undiagnosed. 90% of low thyroid is actually a condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition. As with any immune system issue, food reactions are typically at the root of the problem. It’s critical to get tested to determine how your immune system reacts to certain foods.
Because our bodies our unique and complex, don’t guess with your health. A food test can uncover the root causes of many of the issues you’re experiencing.
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