A staggering 80% of the population has some food intolerance –and most don’t even know it. Knowing what specific foods to avoid is a critical piece of information necessary for optimizing ones ability to lose weight, recover health and energy, reduce inflammation body wide, age gracefully, and is increasingly being used to help athletes achieve peak performance. Food sensitivities are defined as reactions to foods that are more subtle than allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis, but can still contribute to a host of problems such as fatigue, brain fog, skin rashes, acne, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, autoimmune conditions, asthma, diabetes, weight gain and more.
You might consider food sensitivity testing if you have one or more of these symptoms. The gold standard for food sensitivity testing is elimination and challenge. The person eliminates the most common allergens including gluten, dairy, corn, soy, egg and any other items to which they think they are reacting until digestive or other symptoms have resolved. This can take anywhere from a week to a month or more. Once symptoms have resolved, the person gradually re-introduces foods one by one while monitoring their symptoms.
This process can be challenging and time-consuming, so some people like to get their blood tested to get an idea of where to start. The food sensitivity tests we use are for antibodies that cause the more subtle reactions rather than anaphylactic.
How are food allergies diagnosed? – It’s an art not a science !
- Blood tests can be helpful in making the diagnosis. Food specific IgE antibody testing can determine what the likelihood is of a future reaction to that particular food.
Supporting Healthy Digestion
Eat healthy bacteria. Healthy gut bacteria are essential for digestion and detoxification and production of vitamins, so eat naturally cultured and fermented foods daily or take a high-quality probiotic that contains 10-25 billion live organisms daily.
Stay well-hydrated with water, mineral water, herbal teas and green juices.
Move. Your digestive organs need massage to and walking, running, yoga, any kind of movement will support organ health in addition to regular bowel movements. Even a 10-minute walk can stimulate a slow gut.
Aim for at least 8 servings of vegetables daily – for antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and fats that support gut health and healthy gut bacteria.
Eat healthy fats. Omega-3s from wild caught salmon, small cold water fish such as sardines, walnuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, dark leafy greens. Plant fats from avocado, leafy greens, coconut and sprouted nuts and seeds. Organic grass-fed butter, beef. Omega 3 rich pastured eggs.
Avoid trans fats and hydrogenated fats from fried foods, processed foods and refined vegetables oils like corn oil, soybean oil and cottonseed oil.