The increasing prevalence of food intolerance is causing vast numbers of biological malfunctions that result in internal disturbances such as inappropriate fat storage, inefficient use of the stored fat, food cravings and water retention. Our Western lifestyle-with its highly processed foods, chemicals, pollution, stress, industrialization and social structure triggers many of these intolerances.
Food allergies and intolerances (sensitivities) occur when your body reacts to certain foods. Basically, once the food is eaten, it stimulates an immune response in the gut. This response can increase levels of inflammation and excessive production of free-radicals (which destroy cells) in the body. If the food allergy/intolerance is unidentified, a person could be consuming it every day, leading to chronic activation of the immune system. The result can be major illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, dementia, and others, but many times it shows up as the inability to lose weight, a bloating sensation, a stuffy nose, or conditions that seem pretty normal and something you might never look into. Overtime, those free radicals cause issues much bigger that hopefully could be caught early on with a simple allergy test.
At Derma Health Institute we run a simple blood test to identify your food allergies/intolerances, and then we assist you in making the simplest changes in your diet. Many people start feeling and looking better and losing weight within days.
There are a variety of symptoms that can occur:
• Itching, hives, eczema
• Difficulty losing weight
• Dull skin
• Stuffy nose
• Chronic sinusitis
• Muscles aches
• Accelerated aging of skin
Symptoms can eventually lead to the development of even more serious disorders, such as:
• Autoimmune diseases (Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Rheumatoid Arthritis)
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Chronic Fatigue syndrome
The most common food allergies are caused by nuts, eggs, milk, soy, fish/shellfish, wheat, and strawberries, but all types of foods are possible culprits.
The diagnostic tests used include a quick blood draw and your test results will reveal those foods that you have mild, moderate and severe reactions to.
If you want further information, check our website for upcoming free educational seminars on food allergies and hormone testing. They’re informal and fun! Each session is presented by one of our physician’s in a 45-minute format with Q&A after.