Food intolerances and allergies are a common topic these days. With many people suffering from brain fog, low energy levels, weight gain and digestive disorders such as bloating, you may want to look at a food intolerance as the culprit. A food allergies can be defined as an adverse reaction to foods which the immune system is involved. It is the cumulative effect of intolerances that overwhelm the body.
We all know the common allergens such as dairy and gluten, but many of us can be sensitive to foods we wouldn’t necessarily think would bother us. The nightshade family (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes) can cause joint pain, heart burn and bloating. Certain grains such as oatmeal or quinoa can also have effects similar to gluten intolerances. Beans and nuts contain enzyme inhibitors which can cause digestive upset if not soaked.
What makes us allergic to foods? An overburdened liver due to too many toxins from foods and environmental factors, pharmaceutical drugs such as aspirin or high blood pressure pills, vaccines, antibiotics, chronic infections, leaky gut, candida and parasites.. just to name a few. Allergies or sensitivities can build up over a period of time which is why we can develop them as we get older and why foods we would normally eat are all of the sudden causing us discomfort.
So what can you do? Eat a diet low in anti inflammatory foods, look after digestion, get lots of rest and exercise. These are all parts of a well rounded wellness plan to help manage and prevent allergies. If you have tried everything under the sun and are still not feeling like your best self, try to rule out a food sensitivity. Food sensitivities can be determined from a food sensitivity test or elimination diet. While hard at first, the benefits in the long run are worth it.
If you suspect that a food allergy could be an underlying cause of your health discomfort, let me help you. Together we can take the steps necessary to get you feeling your best!
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