There are several theories about why someone develops allergies. Among these is that repetition or over-consumption of the same food leads to the development of an allergic reaction. It has been observed that many people will be able to tolerate most foods as long as a food is not eaten too frequently. Variety is key. By adding new foods, such as different fruits, vegetables, sprouted legumes and grass fed meats and wild salmon, you will expand the number of foods that you commonly eat and get a broader spectrum of nutrients.
Finding out whether or not you have a food allergy is an important first step in correcting present health problems and preventing future chronic diseases. Your immune system is there to protect you from illness, so it is best not to busy it by eating foods that cause reactions in your body that it will have to react to and fight. You will need a strong immune system to be ready when you need it – for the bigger stuff that comes along! The nutritious meals prepared for you while on the detoxification program are free of the most common food allergens, giving you a head start on experiencing optimal health.
Nutritionally oriented physicians believe that food allergies are the leading cause of most undiagnosed symptoms and contribute to most chronic diseases. Common foods eaten by most people can produce a variety of physical and mental symptoms. Much has been learned about treating food allergies once they have been discovered. With great patience and good detective work, many people are able to discover the offending food items. In other cases you may want to consult with a physician regarding your health concerns.
People who react to certain food intolerances produce a variety of milder, annoying symptoms which linger and recur. Such symptoms as sinus congestion, headaches, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, some forms of acne, asthma, joint pain, itchy ears and intestinal distress are fairly common physical reactions. Mental and emotional problems are common as well. This is because the brain and nervous system are part of the physical body, susceptible to physical as well as psychological influences. Depression, anxiety, irritability, and hyperactivity in adults or children are often caused by chronic food intolerances and the inflammation they cause.
The most accurate method of detection involves removal of all foods which commonly create problems-dairy, wheat, corn, eggs, and soy and depending on your symptoms the nightshade vegetables (potato, tomato, peppers, and eggplants). Out detox plan will eliminate most nightshades but not all. Then, after 21 days, slowly and individually, reintroduce a different food on that “eliminated list” and watch for the return of symptoms.
If your food allergy is limited to one or two types of foods, simply eliminating these foods from your diet will often relieve your symptoms. In time you may be able to add these foods back into your diet on an occasional basis. It is beneficial to learn how to eat a wider variety of healthy food, and systematically rotate food groups. See a functional medicine nutritionist or Bastyr grad for guidance on this. It is a complex process and your health can really improve drastically if this is done correctly.
Unfortunately, there are more food allergies and sensitivities out there than ever because: