Hey Guys! In the below video I’ll teach you how to tell if you are sensitive to a certain food through a simple test that doesn’t require any bloodwork or money whatsoever. After the video I’ll touch on the difference between food sensitivities and food allergies, as well as, give you some additional solutions for each.
You can develop a sensitivity to any food at any time and at any age. That being said, there are foods that are much more common to induce sensitivities than others. Those include:
Now, there is a difference between a food sensitivity and a food allergy.
Food allergies are the result of an over-reactive immune system, specifically the IgE-arm of the immune system. IgE stands for immunoglobulin E. Immunoglobulins are substances made by the body that play a role in allergic responses, as well as, responses to pathogens such as, viruses, parasites, bacteria and more.
IgE is the immunoglobulin that we most commonly see elevated with a food allergy, where as, IgG we see more commonly elevated with a food sensitivity. Well in truth, IgG can be elevated in both food allergies and food sensitivities but IgE will typically only be elevated in a true food allergy.
Specific foods can cause IgE to latch onto histamine-containing cells, causing its release. It is then this release of histamine from the cells (and other cellular substances) that produces the swelling of the tubes in the lungs and the throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, hives, itching and sometimes the dangerous drop in blood pressure and difficulty in breathing that we see with food allergies.
The most common food allergies are:
- Tree nuts such as walnuts and pecans
- Sesame seeds and sesame products.
Food allergies are most common in young children, those people with a history of eczema and those people with a history of other allergies such as, hay fever and seasonal allergies. In a true food allergy, even the tiniest bit of that food can cause a severe response.
Food sensitivities on the other hand, are the result of the activation of IgG or other aspects of the immune system. The big issue here is IgG can take up to 3 days to be activated. So the eggs you had on Monday can be the cause of the joint pain you felt on Wednesday. This is why food sensitives can be a bit more complex to identify and address.
Again with food allergies we are looking at the elevation of IgE and subsequent histamines. So, with a true food allergy you typically will get an immediate elevation in IgE, which mean a response within seconds up to about an hour from the time you ate the offending food.
Signs to Watch Out for in Food Sensitivities
As mentioned, a person can develop both food allergies or food sensitivities to just about any food, at any age and even after spending years of comfortably eating a particular food.
- Joint pain or achiness
- Mood changes
- A sense of “brain fog” or lack of alertness
- Food cravings—sadly, these are often cravings for the very foods you may be sensitive to
- Fatigue that isn’t explained by lack of sleep or that doesn’t go away with sleep
- Heartburn or hyperacidity
- Skin problems such as acne, rosacea, skin rashes, itching skin or dark “allergy circles” under the eyes
- Digestive discomfort. This is the most common symptom with food sensitivities and can be gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal discomfort or nausea.
The symptoms of food sensitivities can vary from one person to the next, complicating the problem—the key is that whatever the symptom that is bothering you, it always occurs after eating a certain food—though, these symptoms occasionally can take days to show up. Still, if you are persistent and pay attention to what you eat AND what you experience after you eat, you should be able to narrow down the possibilities and then figure out exactly what you may be sensitive to.
Keep a Diet Diary
If you think you may have a food sensitivity, one approach is to start keeping a diet diary. This is just a list of the foods you eat and any symptoms, aches, pains, changes in mood, bowel or urinary habits, skin changes, sleep patterns or anything else that seems relevant that you notice about your body.
Leaky Gut and Food Sensitivities
Avoid Processed or Mass-produced Foods
While it is generally considered good advice to avoid highly processed food and to stick with whole foods, if you are trying to determine if a food sensitivity exists, removing chemicals from your diet will make it much easier to determine what your sensitivity may be.
For example, if you have a poor reaction to “Hamburger Helper”, you would need to determine if you are sensitive to the meat, the ingredients used to process the meat, the noodles, the type of grain used to make the noodles etc, the sauce and all it’s ingredients, the added spices AND the many different chemicals included. Many people find when they eat a clean whole-food diet, reactions cease to exist, and if they continue to have reactions, it is much easier to pin-point the food causing the problems.
What Can You Do about Food Sensitivities?
There are a number of approaches to the treatment of food sensitivities, but the first step is to determine what food/foods you are sensitive to. You can use the information in the above video as well as the process of elimination.
If the “process of elimination” doesn’t give you the results you desire, there are tests that can be performed to help determine what foods you may be sensitive or intolerant to. Test results can also help determine the best treatment. Some common treatments include elimination diet, specific diets or supplements or treatments to aid in reducing your sensitivity.
Whether you have any kind of allergy or not, a healthy lifestyle is always the best recommendation to good health. Good health comes from daily decisions. Drink more water, consume more vegetables, get some daily exercise, a goodnights sleep and meditate for a few minutes each day. Remember, YOU have the power to transform your health … ONE healthy choice at a time!
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