Identifying Your Food Sensitivities
Identifying Your Food Sensitivities:
Food allergies and food intolerances are two types of food sensitivities that can be very destructive to the body. Food allergies are a very severe immune reaction to a particular food that causes immediate reactions such as swelling, rash, itchiness and sometimes a life-threatening anaphylactic shock.
Food intolerances cause more subtle health challenges that make someone feel uncomfortable without outward immune reactions. Food intolerances can often lead to elevated levels of whole body inflammation that can cause fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, digestive disturbances, headaches and other unwanted symptoms .
Many people go through their lives without ever understanding how food intolerances can lead to these health challenges. They never suspect that the food they are eating every day is silently killing them and their doctors never advise them to look at how they are responding to their diet.
The Massive Increase in Food Sensitivities:
True food allergies are estimated to affect about 4% of adults and over 5% of children these days. Clinicians and researchers are concerned about the increase in allergies in children over the last 20 years. There has been an 18% increase in food allergies in children since 1997 .
Over 25% of the population has subjectively reported that they have food intolerances and due much better when they avoid consuming certain foods.
The most common food allergens and intolerances are dubbed “The Big 8.” These include
1. Wheat (or all gluten products including barley, rye, kamut and spelt)
8. Tree Nuts
It is advisable for people to avoid gluten, unfermented soy, peanuts and pasteurized dairy as the health risks far outweigh any health benefits from these food.
As a clinician, I see so many individuals that have food intolerances and sensitivities that cause an inflammatory spiral and worsening health. This is primarily caused by damage to dysbiosis or bad balance of microorganisms in the gut and resulting leaky gut syndrome .
This leads to food particles entering into the circulatory system and the immune system tagging and creating an inflammatory response in reaction this. The body then becomes hard-wired to create inflammation every time we consume a particular food.
Testing Your Sensitivity:
If you have a food intolerance or sensitivity than the food will cause a stress response when you consume it. This is because the body has identified it as a threat to your body and will initiate a mild-moderate immune response when it is consumed.
When the body is under stress, it activates the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. This signals a fight or flight response where the heart rate goes up, the blood pressure goes up, etc.
Understanding this fight or flight response, you can use a simple pulse test that uses biofeedback as a free non-invasive test to measure your level of sensitivity. There are number of food sensitivity tests that you can have done as well if you want to spend the money and have something more in-depth.