- Josh Regel
What you need to know about Food Sensitivities
Food sensitivities may be triggering issues such as allergies, eczema, sinus conditions, joint pain, migraine headaches, brain fog, and fatigue.
Do you have chronic issues that seem to get better when you eat right? Have you considered the possibility that you might have a food sensitivity? A few years ago I took a test myself to see if I had food sensitivities. I was shocked at what I found out.
Let me explain what I mean by food sensitivity. Food sensitivity occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food. This can lead to symptoms such as intestinal gas, abdominal pain or diarrhea. Let me be clear, I am not discussing food allergies. A true food allergy is when a microscopic amount of the food has the potential to lead to a serious or life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Think peanut allergy.
How many of us deal with intestinal gas, abdominal pain or diarrhea? Many patients that I talk with are using medications like Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid and other stomach acid suppressing medications to deal with some of these symptoms. Could it be that these symptoms are caused by what we are eating? Is the medicine curing you of the sensitivity? Maybe not, the solution may come from avoiding the food that is causing the symptom. Actually the medications listed above could be causing more harm than just taking care of the symptoms. To learn more about how these medications may be harmful, you can read a previous blog by clicking here.
How do I find out which foods I am sensitive to?
I am sure you already know what foods you are more sensitive to. Think about the last time you had Mexican, Italian, and Ice cream. Did you bloat up with gas? Maybe even had diarrhea? In all three food options there is a lot of dairy. Most of us (65%) are sensitive to dairy. So you can figure this out with an elimination diet. Elimination diets take several weeks and can be difficult. The quicker way is to do what I did. Get a blood test. The blood test analyzes almost 100 different foods that most people eat. When the results come back it categorizes the foods that you are sensitive to in groups of most severely sensitive, moderately sensitive and mildly sensitive. If you are interested in getting this test click here and I will get a kit ready for you.
Once we have the test results back I can help you with your plan.
What results should I expect if I go through with adjusting my diet for food sensitivities?
Here is what the goal is. If you eliminate the foods that you are sensitive to for 90 days and then slowly re-introduce them you may be able to eat the foods again without sensitivity. During the 90 day elimination your gastrointestinal tract has time to heal. Healing the gastrointestinal tract allows for proper absorption of nutrients that boosts your immune system. Once the immune system is back healthy you will feel better, look better, and you will be able to prevent illnesses and diseases. By the way, the immune system is your anti-cancer system. Why wouldn’t you want to take care of a system that can prevent cancer?
Just so you know I tested sensitive to 29 out of 100 foods that were tested. For more information on this contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.