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Are You Secretly Allergic To What You’re Eating?

Posted April 13, 2016
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“I eat the same thing every day” I can’t tell you how many times in a week I hear this
sentiment. Often it’s accompanied with a sense of dismay as to why the patient is experiencing continuous digestive problems, migraines, acne, low energy or difficulty losing weight. What may surprise is that this can be the exact reason you aren’t achieving your goals. While eight common foods – milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, soy, wheat and shellfish cause 90% of all food-allergies every individual is different.
Meet your overly sensitive immune system. While the cause of true food allergies the kind
that produces severe or anaphalatic reactions – involve IgE antibodies in the immune
system, food intolerances can arise when we consume the same foods day after day with little variety. This dietary stagnation causes the body to become sensitized to the food. In common parlance, the terms allergy, sensitivity and food intolerance are often used
interchangeably, but sensitivities and intolerances are not true IgE allergies.
Food sensitivities or intolerances usually involve a different set of immune system antibodies called IgG antibodies. Symptoms are less intense and typically do not appear immediately but rather within 12-48 hours after eating the offending foodstuff. Heartburn, headaches, difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, looking tired even after sufficient sleep, an inability to lose weight, bloating and relentless water retention can all be related to food sensitivities or intolerances. Because the connection between the symptom and a specific food can be difficult to pinpoint, those who suffer these discomforts often go on feeling worse and worse as their immune system takes a constant beating.
Many of us with food sensitivities don’t even realize how bad we feel until the problematic
foods are removed from our diet. Then suddenly getting out of bed becomes easier, our energy, mood and concentration improve and joint pain, headaches and sinus congestion disappear. Here is a handy chart on common symptoms associated with food sensitivities. You may just be nodding your heads to more than a few of these side effects.
Symptoms Associated with Food Intolerances/Sensitivities
Digestive:
Gas
Bloating
Abdominal cramping
Loose stools
Indigestion or heartburn
Constipation
GERD (reflux)
Blood in the stool
Lactose intolerance
Inflammatory bowel
disease
Irritable bowel Syndrome
Skin:
Eczema
Psoriasis
Acne
Hives
Mental/Emotional:
Irritability
Anxiety
Depression
Food cravings
General: 
Insomnia
Joint pain or stiffness
Arthritis (rheumatoid)
Fatigue
Difficulty getting out of
bed in the morning
Headaches
Migraines
Malaise
Weight gain
Water retention
Puffy eyes
Dark under-eye circles
High blood pressure
Cellulite
Difficulty losing weight
Nasal/Immune System:
Sinus congestion
Ear congestion
Post-nasal drip
Seasonal allergies
Hay fever
Asthma
Chronic ear infections
Itching in the ears
Itchy mouth
Runny nose
Watery eyes
Sneezing
Option A for identifying food allergies
To get to the bottom of your symptoms: 
I recommend that you do a 14-day elimination diet (My Hormone Diet Detox) where you remove the most common food allergens from your diet to give your body a break, alleviate stress off your immune system and detox overall (all grains that contain gluten, dairy, citrus, peanuts, caffeine, sugar and soy) Slowly re-introducing each food after a 14-day break can allow you to connect particular symptoms with your food choices.
All that experimenting with different foods may sound like a major inconvenience, but the results can be invaluable. Uncovering food sensitivities is a powerful process that I encourage all of my patients to explore. But what you do with the information you gain is up to you. Once you have determined the effects of particular foods on your health, you have to decide whether or not you want to continue eating them.
Option B for identifying food allergies:
If you don’t want to do a 14-day elimination diet you can consider IgG food allergy testing. Although I encourage you to go through the process of food elimination and reintroduction because it’s so effective, you can choose to have a blood test to identify your IgG food allergies instead. This test identifies the presence of IgG antibodies to certain foods. Positive results to certain foods should be followed with the removal of those foods from your diet for a period of two to six months.

2 thoughts on “Are You Secretly Allergic To What You’re Eating?

  1. How would I go about getting the food allergy testing done? Do regular MDs do it or would I need a naturopath Dr to do it? I have severe bruising from scratching my legs when they itch.

    1. Hello Erica,

      We do have a food sensitivity test available to patients, if you would like to call the clinic we would be happy to walk you through the process, keep in mind that Dr.Turner’s hormone diet detox is a great way to identify food sensitivities as well. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call 416.579.9105 🙂

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