Food sensitivities and related diseases affect nearly 100 million people worldwide. These sensitivities can cause a wide variety of illnesses ranging from skin rashes and headaches to chronic intestinal disease.
The first thing that is the most important thing to understand is the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity. A true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. Most of the time these reactions can be life-threatening or take the person down for days. This is common in allergies to things like nuts or gluten. A food sensitivity is much less problematic but more of a chronic annoyance. It causes smaller reactions and is usually connected to digestive issues. These are the most common symptoms that people experience with sensitivities:
- Anxiety - Depression
- Bloating - Stomach pain
- Headaches - Sinus issues
- Inability to lose weight
- Impotence - Low libido
- Fatigue - Insomnia
- Joint Pain
- Constipation - Diarrhea
- Poor concentration - Brain fog
- Craving Sugar
It is very important to understand that symptoms from sensitivities can often be delayed. One may not experience any issues until a day or two later making it difficult to pinpoint the culprit. Also, it is not only toxic triggers such as gluten or dairy that cause such a response. In fact, even healthy foods like fish, grains, and vegetables can bring on inflammation.
Often times, food intolerance can occur because of inflammation in the digestive track and or Leaky Gut. Leaky gut is when you have experienced digestive issues chronically and the lining of the colon becomes weak, letting food partials and toxins leak into the bloodstream. This can be remedied with diet and lifestyle changes. Before you start to get tested for sensitivities, start with my simple guide to healing your gut. Try to focus on these specifics for at least a couple weeks to see if symptoms subside. If by then you do not see a change in your symptoms, then you know it may be time to dig deeper and get a test done.
If you have tried eliminating toxic triggers or followed my guide for a bit and are still experiencing issues, then it is time to get tested. Personally, I perform a test for my clients from the fully integrated medical diagnostics company KBMO. The test is a simple finger prick and placement of blood on a small card. Once sent to the lab, results tend to follow around 10-14 business days. This test measures the sensitivity to over 132 foods, coloring, and additives spanning all the major food groups.
If you have suspected that you've had problems with certain foods this test will help you get to the bottom of it once and for all. After the test we will have a one-hour post results session and create an "action plan" for avoiding these foods. We will then incoporate new foods that will help get you back on track.
Living in constant pain is not a way to live and technology has made it possible for us to understand our bodies and take action for our health. If given the opportunity, the body has an incredible ability to heal itself.
XO Jaclyn Renee