A few weeks ago, we published a post about medications potentially robbing our bodies of nutrients. Today's post takes a different spin on food and nutrients, and introduces the idea of food sensitivity.
Many chronic health conditions are the result of hidden food sensitivity. This means that your body may be reacting poorly to a food that is commonly accepted as "healthy". Let's explore food sensitivity and what it can mean for your health. We will break it up into two different reactions, and call them Type One Sensitivity and Type Two Sensitivity to keep it simple.
Type One Sensitivity
You may know someone with a peanut allergy or something similar. This is the allergic reaction that we will refer to as a Type One Sensitivity. This reaction is rapid in onset and typically includes symptoms such as rash, throat and tongue swelling, shortness of breath or inability to breathe, and a racing heartbeat. Type One reactions can be potentially fatal if not treated immediately. They usually are self-diagnosed and are the result of only one or two foods.
Type Two Sensitivity
This reaction is also considered a "delayed food sensitivity". Initiated by a different immune system response, this delayed reaction can take up to 72 hours to show up. This means that the tomatoes you ate on Monday could be causing the migraine you experienced on Wednesday. A Type Two Sensitivity is typically caused by multiple foods, and usually by foods that you consume on a regular basis. Symptoms of a Type Two Sensitivity are widely varied, and can often be misinterpreted. The following table shows just a handful of the 50+ medical conditions that have been associated with food sensitivity:
|Asthma||Celiac Disease||Chronic Fatigue|
|Heartburn||High Blood Pressure||Irritable Bowel Syndrome|
|Joint Pain||Leaky Gut||Lung Disorders|
|Mental Fatigue||Migraines||Muscle Pain|
|Sinusitis||Skin Disorders||Yeast Disorders|
How To Get Tested
The gold standard for identifying a food sensitivity is something called an Elimination Diet. This is a lengthy process where you eliminate the most common food allergens (dairy, wheat, eggs, citrus, coffee, and more) from your diet for a period of 4-6 weeks. Following this elimination period, you systematically reintroduce foods into your diet one at a time and observe any reactions.
With some people having sensitivity to 20+ foods, you can see how long an Elimination Diet can potentially take. There is another option, and it comes in the form of a simple blood test called a Bloodprint™ from ImmunoLabs (company website).
The results come back in about two weeks. You will receive a comprehensive report of the foods to which your body is reactive. This report becomes a roadmap for modifying your diet. The test also comes with a money-back guarantee. If you do not experience measurable improvement after 90 days of following their recommendations, ImmunoLabs will refund the entire testing fee.
What do you have to lose? Make an appointment today to fill out your free Symptom Checklist.