Food intolerances or sensitivities are different from food allergies. Food allergies are mediated by antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE). Food allergies are the type that can break you out in hives, cause massive swelling or itching of your lips or throat, promote asthma, induce arrhythmias or shortness of breath, send you into anaphylactic shock, typically promote immediate or quick (less than 8 hours) reactions, and potentially life threatening. Food intolerances are mediated by IgG and/or IgA antibodies. Food intolerance reactions can take up to 3 days to manifest and symptoms are much more varied. Here are a few:
Eczema, atopic dermatitis, skin rashes
Gastrointestinal discomfort – constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, intestinal spasms
Random pain anywhere in the body – face, joints, headaches, fibromyalgia pain, to name a few
Being red in the face
Menstrual cycle irregularities
Mood swings, decreased stress tolerance, anxiety
Aggravation of most chronic illnesses
Items to consider combining in order to reduce inflammation and histamine are Nettles leaf, Quercetin, Vitamin C, Turmeric, and Ginger, to name a few. Avoidance of food sensitivities is the quickest way to reduce symptoms. So why the increase of food sensitivities in our society? A few reasons are increased cesarean births, too much antibiotic use (which disrupts our own normal good flora that probiotics seek to restore), and a diet regularly full of processed foods.
Consistently eating a diet that is full of nutritious whole foods can help to restore your overall health and avoid getting sick to the degree that you would need frequent or heavy doses of antibiotics. But, sometimes people do get sick. This is why seeing a naturopathic doctor who can teach you natural therapies to do even if you get sick can be pivotal in your recovery. It is best to seek out this knowledge ahead of time, so that you will be prepared. Food sensitivities can be discovered through an elimination diet and the food sensitivity test that I run. If you are ready to reduce skin or stomach problems aggravated by food sensitivities, schedule an appointment by:
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