Could “Healthy” Foods Be Harming You?
Thanks to health magazines and blogs, everyone's going vegan, chugging green drinks, going gluten-free... While the effort to heal through natural means is commendable, there's a problem: these foods might not be right for your body. In fact, foods that have been promoted as healthy for everyone might actually be causing inflammation in your body, especially if you are consuming them too often.
Keep reading to discover how identifying food sensitivities can help you you pinpoint the root causes of digestive problems, mood symptoms, skin problems and other issues caused by inflammation and get on the personalized eating plan that’s right for YOU. (Plus you’ll learn how our Food Sensitivity Testing can help you see which foods you’re reacting to). In fact, testing can be much less expensive over the long term than the "kitchen sink" approach of trying every fad diet or so-called healthy habit.
An Estimated 30% of People Have Multiple Food Sensitivities.
What are Food Sensitivities?
Food sensitivities are delayed reactions to foods, anywhere from 72 hours to 2 weeks. In contrast to food allergies, food sensitivities can be much less obvious and difficult to identify with observation because of the time between ingesting the problematic food and experiencing a reaction. Most people are aware of the foods they’re allergic because they notice the symptoms right away.
What Causes Food Sensitivity?
Some of the most common contributing factors to food sensitivities are nutritional deficiencies, genetics, blood type, poor digestion, lack of variety in your diet, chronic infections, intestinal hyper-permeability (also called Leaky Gut).
What Symptoms Can be Related to Food Sensitivity?
Food sensitivities can be related to a variety of chronic symptoms that you may not associate with foods.
Other Skin problems
What Conditions Are Related to Food Sensitivities?
Irritable bowel syndrome
How To Find Out for Sure If Foods You’re Eating Are Causing Inflammation
The most common way to identify foods that are causing inflammation is by doing a food sensitivity blood test that looks for immune reactions to a pre-determined list of 100 or more foods. The alternative to food sensitivity testing is doing a structured elimination/rotation diet where common food sensitivities are avoided for a period of 30-60 days, then reintroduced gradually as you look out for any symptoms or reactions to them.
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Most Common Food Sensitivities
Citrus (oranges, lemon, lime, kiwi fruit, pineapple, plums)
How Are Food Sensitivities Treated?
Food sensitivities are usually treated with an elimination diet based on test results. Foods are eliminated for 3-6 months depending on the severity of the sensitivity. Then reactive foods are reintroduced gradually. Some experts recommend re-testing to make sure the food sensitivity has resolved before re-introducing reactive foods. After re-introducing reactive foods, it recommended to rotate your foods continuously in order to keep those sensitivities from coming back and also to prevent new sensitivities from developing.
Who Should do Food Sensitivity Testing?
Anyone who is dealing with the above symptoms and/or conditions should consider food sensitivities as a possible contributing factor. Sometimes people have a hard time eliminating foods strictly for a period if they don’t have concrete evidence telling them they are having a reaction to those foods. Food sensitivity testing can be very helpful for people that have fast-paced lifestyles and don’t have the time to follow a strict elimination/rotation diet.
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The Food Sensitivity-Leaky Gut Connection
Multiple food sensitivities are often a sign of intestinal hyperpermeability, also called “Leaky Gut Syndrome.” When the intestinal barrier is compromised, food particles can enter the bloodstream and trigger the immune system and cause inflammation. Learn more about Leaky Gut in our upcoming FREE Webinar: “Leaky Gut-What’s All The Hype?” Join our email list for updates.