“What is the healthiest diet for me?”
As a naturopathic doctor, I get this question multiple times a day. I always tell patients that the best diet is different for each person, and is determined by many things such as lifestyle, activity level, location, season, access to certain foods, but most importantly, their own body’s reactions to the foods. Let’s explore the different types of reactions to various foods.
An IgE reaction is an immediate hypersensitivity (anaphylactic) reaction to a food that is characterized by hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, disorientation, and/or loss of consciousness. This is the most dangerous form of reaction to foods. Common foods include nuts, shellfish, eggs, wheat, soy, and dairy. An IgE reaction is considered a true allergy.
An IgA and IgG reaction is a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to a food that can take hours to days to show up. Some symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, joint pain and stiffness, eczema, gas, bloating, mood changes, and many others. The difficult part about IgA/IgG sensitivities is that everyone can have different reactions to different foods. However, common foods include wheat, soy, dairy, and eggs. An IgA/IgG reaction is not considered an allergy, but a sensitivity.
Many people experience allergies and sensitivities to foods for years without ever knowing it. We have seen many patients suffer from eczema, migraines, and joint pain for years and have tried many pharmaceutical drugs without much relief, but when they removed their food sensitivities, their symptoms improve dramatically.
Testing for food allergies and sensitivities involves just a simple blood draw. At our clinic, we are currently offering a food allergy and sensitivity panel that tests 96 different foods. The test is $99 for patients with Medicare or a PPO insurance plan. This deal is valid until March 29, 2019.
After the test results return (turnover time of 2 weeks), there are many things that can be done. The first step is the elimination phase, which involves removal of the reactive foods. The second step is the healing phase, which involves healing the gut by increasing beneficial flora and decreasing inflammation from the damage that the foods have caused over the years. The final phase is the desensitization and reintroduction phase where the body is desensitized to the reactive foods until they no longer cause reactions and then added back in slowly.
The type of treatment and the timing in which they occur differ from person to person. If you are interested in finding out more about which foods are helping versus harming your body, please make an appointment to speak with one of our doctors about running a food allergy/sensitivity test.
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