Are the foods you are eating making you sick?
Do you have chronic, nagging or debilitative symptoms, yet your doctor says everything is normal? You may be part of the growing number of people with a delayed-type food allergy.
What are the symptoms of Food Allergy?
Food allergies are associated with a wide range of mental, emotional and physical symptoms affecting virtually every part of the body. Symptoms related to food allergy include fatigue, anxiety, depression, recurrent colds, ear infections, yeast infections, chronic nasal congestion, postnasal drip, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, crohn´s disease, high blood pressure, eczema, hives, muscle aches, joint pain and stiffness, headaches, and asthma.
Many of these symptoms mimic other conditions and people often get misdiagnosed with another condition. It is important however when considering the diagnosis of food allergy to rule out other conditions which can present similarly.
Why are food sensitivities difficult to recognize?
Food sensitivities tend to develop from foods that we eat often and produce a broad range of symptoms that vary from person to person. Symptoms can take hours to several days to appear after eating the offending food, making it difficult to connect symptoms with the foods we are eating
- Regular consumption of processed foods containing many similar ingredients and high in preservatives, artificial colorings and flavorings.
- Impaired digestion such as from a deficiency in stomach acid or pancreatic enzymes leading to inadequate breakdown of food.
- Genetically modified foods result in food components that cross-react with normal tissues. In other words, the immune system develops antibodies to genetically modified food antigens that have a similar chemical structure to your own tissues.
- Decreased stomach acid from stress and chronic use of acid-blocking drugs for heartburn (pepsid, zantac, etc.).
- Inflammation and damage to the intestinal lining from viruses, fungi, and toxic bacteria.
- Disruption of the normal balance of healthy intestinal flora from antibiotic use.
How do I know if I have a food sensitivity?
We test for food allergies with a blood test that measures your immune response to 96 common foods. Each assessment includes a visual representation of your antibody levels against each specific food tested and dietary guidelines based on your individual results.