Do You Have A Food Sensitivity?
Seemingly normal symptoms may not be normal at all. Brain fog, acne, and joint pain can easily be ignored as life’s typical flare ups, but they could be a result of what you are eating. Medical evidence suggests that food sensitivities result when foods and their protein components are not completely digested. When these components are absorbed by your body your immune system does not recognize them as nutritional and beneficial. As a result, your body responds defensively by producing antibodies (IgG) and starting a cascade of reactions which can affect several tissues and organs. In addition, when these antibodies don’t have anything to breakdown your body can actually crave the offending food.
Within the US, approximately 60 million people suffer from allergies. The prevalence of food allergies has been increasing and it is estimated that 50% of adults and 70% of children suffer from food allergies and sensitivities.
The most common food allergy signs and symptoms range from full blown allergic symptoms such as itching, swelling, hives, shortness of breath and cardiopulmonary collapse known as anaphylaxis to immunocompromised symptoms that occur over time as a result of continued exposure. These secondary symptoms include headaches, joint pain, myalgia, acne, exzema, puffy eyes dark circles, abdominal pain, gas and bloating, diarrhea or constipation, acid reflux, nasal congestion, chronic post nasal drip, chronic sinus problems, mental fog and fatigue. Most people attribute these symptoms to seasonal or environmental triggers like pollen; however often food allergens and sensitivities are the culprit.
Food is fuel and should give you energy, not sap it. Continuing to eat foods that your body can’t use can create inflammation and immune responses. So not only are you not getting the energy you need, but your body is also working hard trying to eliminate the offending components and heal.
The good news is a comprehensive blood analysis by a physician can determine if you have food sensitivities. A comprehensive test is one that measures foods that are reactive by IGE (immediate reaction antibody), IgG4 (blocking antibody), IgG food sensitivity and its effect on the immune system with elevation of complement levels. Once the culprits have been identified, the patient can work with their physician to determine an individualized food plan and path to healing.
Deborah DeMarta, MD, FACS, FAARFM, offers Dunwoody Food Sensitivity Testing and individualized nutritional and diet plans. The Institute of Colorectal Health & Wellness is located at 218 Atlanta Avenue, in Stuart. For more information, call 772-539-9556 or visit InstituteHealthWellness.com.