Many people think of allergies exclusively in terms of airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, and molds. However, immune reactions can result from the different types of food sensitivities you may possess. Currently there is no cure for food sensitivities. Once foods you are sensitive to are identified, however, you can simply moderate their intake or eliminate them from your diet entirely.
Food sensitivities are divided into two major categories: Immediate and Delayed. When immediate food reactions occur (classic food allergies) you will experience symptoms within hours of having eaten the food. Symptoms are rapid and may include tingling of the extremities, wheezing, coughing, tightening of the throat, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and even possible death. The offending foods must be avoided!!!
Symptoms of delayed food sensitivities (food intolerance) can take as long as 72 hours to appear. It can be difficult to identify the offending foods since we eat so many different foods over a three day period and items often contain several ingredients. Many times the foods we eat frequently, and seem healthy, are contributing to our health problems. Elimination of the offending foods may improve many of these issues and restore a better quality of life. While foods causing true/classic food allergies must be completely avoided, elimination of foods you are intolerant to may not have to be permanent.
Unidentified Food Sensitivities (food intolerance) can contribute to many chronic health conditions and gastrointestinal problems. Common symptoms include:
- Weight Loss Problems
- Gas, Cramps & Bloating
- Stomach Pain
- Irritability or Nervousness
- Constipation and many others
The quickest way to identifying potential culprits causing your distress is to draw a small sample of your blood. The Lab that we work with can perform a full range of tests from a single blood sample. Their medical technology can determine the exact amount of specific antibodies (IgG) in your blood serum, thus enabling them to identify the degree and extent of your sensitivities to specific foods.
It has been reported that while individuals may sometimes have adverse reactions to particular foods, these reactions are not always consistent. This is because the response to food involves not only the immune system or a particular sensitivity to some of the molecules in foods, but is also affected by the health of the entire digestive tract and whether it is providing a good barrier for your body. Therefore when the health of your digestive system is compromised you may have a sensitivity to foods which otherwise would not affect you adversely such as in times of extreme stress.
The role of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes your esophageal area, stomach, and your upper and lower intestinal tracts, is to take in the food you eat, break it down to molecule-size pieces, and have it absorbed into your body in a controlled way. Your gastrointestinal tract provides a protective barrier between the food you eat and the inside of your body, and when it is healthy and functioning efficiently, it lets in specific food molecules in specific places at specific times. Many things can affect this barrier and, when it is compromised in any way, it can let in food molecules that are not properly digested. This can cause a reaction to a food, not because you are sensitive to it, but because it is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The travel of toxic food particles via the bloodstream to other parts of the body can account for a rash on your arms or legs as a result of an allergic response. Many scientists and clinicians have looked at the role of food allergy in a number of systemic (whole body) diseases and conditions. Most notably, conditions associated with inflammation, such as red, inflamed patches of skin, called dermatitis, asthma and joint pain have been related to toxic food responses. Several studies have been published on the beneficial effects of using allergy-avoidance (elimination) diets to help decrease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been observed that the symptoms of asthma become worse in some individuals after consuming certain foods. Avoidance of these foods has helped decrease the number and severity of symptoms in these individuals.
A customized Wellness Program will accompany your test results. Nutritionists are also available to assist you in developing an individualized elimination diet. Our goal is to assist each client in achieving their optimal physical health.
You Will Receive:
- A Complete List of Your Food Sensitivities
- Important Information About Your Personalized Plan
- Foods You Need to Avoid
- A Shopping List
- Tips to Plan Healthy Eating
- Dining Out Tips
- 30 Minute Nutritional Consultation
This test is often offered for more than $550.00 with additional fees for a consultation, however with the cooperation of our Medical Director, we are able to provide this entire service for only$279.00
Reports suggest the incidence of conditions such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis has increased during the past decade. While the increase in damaging pollutants, particularly in large cities, is most often attributed for this increase, many scientists believe the consumption of processed foods and the increased level of stress in our daily lives are also major contributors to the rise in the frequency of these conditions. As mentioned above, processed foods contain higher levels of additives such as preservatives (benzoate-containing substances like sodium benzoate, sulfites, hydroxytoluene-containing substances like BHT), flavoring agents (salicylates), and dyes. Processed, non-organically grown foods may also contain pesticides which can also promote toxic responses in the body. Candies, such as chocolates, also contain many colorings, additives and preservatives as well as simple sugars.
Processed foods can also contain small amounts of residue of foods that are not listed on the label. Most manufacturing plants produce several types of food products and although regulations exist to assure these companies manufacture products under clean conditions, they do not require sterile conditions that would prevent any cross-contamination from the production of other food products. For example, a manufacturer may use the same equipment to produce wheat and non-wheat bread. It is possible that a small amount of wheat residue could inadvertently end up in a non-wheat product, however, these residues would not listed as an ingredient on its label.
This is of particular concern with peanut residue which can cause a severe allergic reaction from amounts so small that it is undetectable by all tests used to determine the cleanliness of equipment. Governmental agencies are responding by requiring manufacturers that use the same equipment to produce peanut products and non-peanut products to label their non-peanut products as possibly containing peanut residue.
Processed foods also add colors and flavorings which raise additional concerns. Colors, and particularly flavorings, are usually produced with "carrier" ingredients. In the past, manufacturers have been required to only list the main ingredients in the products and carrier ingredients were not included on this list. This practice has recently come under scrutiny by the FDA and other food industry organizations as reports of food intolerance or allergic reactions from allergens that were present in foods but were not listed on the labels continues to grow. The FDA is starting to require that labels list all ingredients, including carrier ingredients, however, it may be many years before all the processed food on our grocery shelves will have all the ingredients clearly labeled.
Whole, organically grown foods do not contain colorings, flavorings, preservatives or other hidden ingredients which may cause food sensitive reactions. This is a particularly important consideration for individuals with any type of food sensitivity.
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