Could You Have Unknown Food Allergies?

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Are you suffering from inflammation in your body that does not subside, such as an old injury that won’t heal? Do you have excess bloating, headaches, muscle and joint pains, stubborn body fat, or fatigue?

Unknown food allergies and intolerances

Why Food Allergies and Sensitivities Should Not Go Unnoticed

Food sensitivities can be related to not only problems with the digestive tract after eating, but also to health problems that aren’t improving. Food allergies and intolerances cause continued health issues because a hyperactive immune system begins to attack cells in the body that should not be attacked. It’s as if the body’s own military troops are attacking a troop of Girl Scouts.

It makes good sense to consider that food intolerances are related to your suffering. What is the one thing you do every day, no matter what happens? You eat. Every time you eat a food, you have the potential to activate the immune system – if you have food sensitivities. Every time you activate the immune system, you will have symptoms. This can explain why on some days, you feel worse, it could be tied to a food reaction to a common food you’re eating.

Studies have shown that chemicals released from white blood cells can interfere with weight gain. But it’s not just weight gain that is disrupted in the body. The inflammatory compounds released from the white blood cells after a food sensitivity reaction will go on to damage other organs. It’s possible that they may, in fact, start the destruction of already weakened organs in the body such as; the lungs in asthma patients, the joints in arthritis sufferers, and the pancreas in those with diabetes.

Food sensitivities can induce low levels of serotonin in the brain, which then triggers sugar cravings or binges. Eating a good amount of carbohydrate foods will then raise the serotonin levels, but this type of eating behavior is always accompanied by feelings of guilt and lack of self-control, depression, and weight gain.

By avoiding the foods that one is sensitive to, the intestines can begin to heal, better absorption of nutrients occurs, and better detoxification results. The body is then able to handle the many different environmental insults placed on it that didn’t exist a hundred years ago such a;s genetically-modified foods, pesticides, and chemicals. By reducing inflammation and immune reactions from sensitizing foods, the body has more resources to heal itself with.

Accurate Testing Makes the Biggest Difference in Results

Once you get to the real cause of what’s triggering that asthma attack or that leaky gut syndrome, the healing can then begin. And research studies show a high correlation with the ALCAT test, and enhanced weight loss, as well as better body composition, simply because immune activating foods prevent you from losing weight.

Research also shows an 83.4% correlation with the ALCAT results and double blind oral challenges with foods, and a 96% correlations with ALCAT test results and double blind oral challenges with food additives.

How the Test Works

The ALCAT Test measures degranulation within the white blood cell, which is different than what is measured in other allergy tests such as IgG and IgE tests. Degranulation is measured because if it occurs in a white blood cell, then other immune reactions will follow. Thus, by testing for degranulation, you’re testing at a level that gives more comprehensive test results, which are tailored to your own body’s chemistry.

The test is a simple blood draw whereby 100 different foods are tested for their immune system reactivity. The test can also test for sensitivity to molds, chemicals, and dental metals.  A test kit is delivered to your home with instructions that are specific for the local laboratory that draws your blood. The blood is then sent to the ALCAT lab for analysis.   A complete report is provided, showing results which are explained in an in-depth phone consultation with a registered nutritionist.  A rotation diet guide is also provided to make diet plans easy.

Use of the ALCAT food intolerance test really provides you with the information that is highly essential in preventing health issues related to food intolerances you may have never known existed before.

Don’t want to take a blood test?

You don’t have to take a test to figure this stuff out.  You can gain an amazing understanding of how your body reacts to foods by eliminating food groups from your diet for a period of time, and then  taking great notes.  Start with the foods that give people the most problems and go from there:  corn, refined sugar, gluten, dairy, food coloring, and soy.  Remove each food or food group for at least 4 weeks, and then reintroduce it if it seems you’re not reactive.  It’s always best to consult with a professional before you start an elimination plan.

It’s also important to rotate all the foods you eat.  Rotation will help limit your exposure to anything you might be sensitive to and help insure you don’t develop any new sensitivities.

Food sensitivities and intolerances are extremely common, and it’s important we are all aware of the issue.  What’s good for me, might not be good for you.

Tom Hines is a retired USAPL powerlifter, a volunteer youth wrestling coach, the father of 3 amazing boys, and interested in all things health.

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3 Responses to Could You Have Unknown Food Allergies?

  1. Stevie Wilson June 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I have had those tests and while I know what I am sensitive to in foods and actually allergic to in real life, there’s a vast difference in what could be an allergy or sensitivity. Because I am allergic to a substance found around in the house.. I eliminated that but I also know that some foods are cousins of that product.. so I just watch to make sure that I don’t eat much or have too much of anything.

  2. Fiona Maclean June 25, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    I’m very aware of food allergies now. For years I used to get what I thought was heat rash in summer. Itchy, red blotches from top to toe. Then, one winter I had strawberries. And – despite the sub zero temperature, got ‘heat rash’. Now I know, and avoid strawberries!

  3. Laurie June 25, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Gluten and wheat proteins injure the “glue” that holds the single layer of cells together that line your intestine. When there are spaces between those cells, food particles can get through them and into the gut where they are seen as “non-self”. At that point a food sensitivity can develop. If there are issues with food sensitivities, take wheat and gluten out of the diet and add probiotics to help repair the damage.

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