Identifying Your Food Sensitivities Can Change Your Life

“One man’s food is another man’s poison” is a familiar old saying that simply means that different people can have very different reactions to the same food. For example, while few of us would think twice about munching on peanuts while watching a ballgame, others with a sensitivity or allergy to peanuts could experience a life threatening situation. Fortunately, few of us will ever have to worry about such extreme reactions to foods, but it may come as a surprise that at least 30% of us will experience some kind of food sensitivity during our lifetime.

Food allergies are toxic clinical reactions to food or food additives that involve the immune system. Food allergy reactions are immediate and extreme. Food sensitivities, on the other hand, can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms may be delayed for up to two days after a food has been consumed. Food sensitivities can cause symptoms with varying degrees of physical discomfort, which we often never relate to the food we eat as the source.

There is increasing evidence that food sensitivities are more common and have a greater impact on our health than previously realized. Food sensitivities often cause chronic symptoms that we either accept as “normal” or “unexplainable.” Some examples of such conditions are: bloating, diarrhea, eczema, fatigue, gas, hives, runny nose, skin rashes, weight gain. Research is accumulating evidence that the sensitivity to food can also increase the severity of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and other diseases normally not considered food related.

Fortunately, many of these sensitivities can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. Call me today 860-559-6250 to learn more about how food sensitivity testing can help you.

Read below to learn more about some specific conditions can be affected by food sensitivities.

Eczema and Other Skin Disorders
Eczema is a general term encompassing various inflamed skin conditions. Approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of the world population is affected by this chronic, relapsing, and very itchy rash at some point during childhood.

Eczema flare-ups can be prevented through careful management of your diet. One such way is by identifying food triggers that cause your eczema to flare-up. As not all triggers are the same for everyone, you will need to determine what your food triggers are. The other way is to ensure that you have an adequate supply of nutrition that supports good healthy skin.

Fibromyalgia is an arthritis-related condition that is characterized by generalized muscular pain and fatigue. The term “fibromyalgia” means pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Fibromyalgia is an especially confusing and often misunderstood condition. Because lab tests are generally normal, people with fibromyalgia were once told that their condition was “all in their head.”

While there is no specific diet for all fibromyalgia cases, it is possible to improve your health through diet. If your body overreacts to certain foods, it could worsen conditions ranging from digestive troubles (gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea) to fatigue, headache or migraine, joint pain, mood disorders, muscle aches, and skin problems. Beef, citrus, chicken, corn, dairy, eggs, gluten ( protein in wheat and other grains), soy, sugar, tomatoes, wheat, yeast, etc., are common problems for individuals with food intolerance.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an intestinal disorder that causes abdominal pain or discomfort, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. IBS is one of the most common intestinal disorders. Most people’s symptoms are so mild that they never see a doctor for treatment. However, some people may have troublesome symptoms, especially abdominal cramps, bloating, and diarrhea. The cause of irritable bowel syndrome is not well understood.

Treatment will require your active involvement in order to manage it successfully. Treatment usually focuses on changes in diet and lifestyle, avoiding foods that trigger symptoms, and managing stress.

Migraine Headaches
Migraines are painful, sometimes disabling headaches that are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, noise, and smell. These throbbing headaches usually occur on only one side of the head, although the pain can shift from one side of the head to the other, or can occur on both sides at the same time. Migraines involve changes in chemicals and blood vessels in the brain, which trigger pain signals leading to headache.

Migraine headaches tend to recur. Some people have symptoms, such as visual disturbances, that occur before a headache starts. These symptoms are called a migraine aura. In many people, migraines are triggered by certain foods or smells. Eliminating exposure to these triggers may stop the headaches.

Weight Gain and Obesity
It’s true that we gain weight when we eat more than we can burn off. But, weight gain can also be caused by health conditions such as hypothyroidism, food sensitivity, Cushing’s syndrome, organ disease, prescription drug use, anxiety, blood sugar imbalance, and essential fatty acid deficiency. Many people respond to stress or depression by eating excessively. Sources of stress may not always be apparent, but may still affect eating habits and cause weight gain.

Again, reactions to foods are not always immediate. They can occur many hours later as bloating and swelling in the hands, feet, ankles, abdomen, chin and around the eyes. Much of the weight gained is fluid retention caused by inflammation and the release of certain hormones. In addition, fermentation of foods, particularly carbohydrates, in the intestines can result in a swollen distended belly and gas production. Food sensitivities can cause weight gain. A person’s body can perceive some foods as poison and limit digestion of nutrients, thus causing the body to store fat.

Fortunately, many of these conditions can me managed after your food sensitivities are diagnosed.

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