Lifestyle & Nutrition Blog
Are The Foods You Are Eating Making You Sick?
Do you ever feel like you have physical or emotional symptoms that don’t seem to make sense? Many times I will hear stories from people who have been living with chronic headaches, joint pain, fatigue, bloating, rashes, sinus drainage and many other symptoms for several years but can’t seem to figure out their causes. Too often, stress and the environment take the blame for these symptoms and we are expected to ‘live with them’! We are exhausted by medical appointments and dissatisfied with conventional treatments including expensive medications that have not solved a thing. But what about food? Doesn’t it make sense that what we put into our bodies should have an effect on how we feel?
The foods we eat can be responsible for many different types of reactions. The 2 most common food-related reactions are food allergies and food sensitivities. Food allergies are the response of our immune systems to a specific protein that results in the creation of antibodies. The body’s reaction to these antibodies can range from hives, itching, headaches and rashes to more severe reactions like wheezing, breathing difficulties, throat swelling (anaphylaxis) and even death. The 8 most common foods that people are allergic to are: peanuts, wheat, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree-nuts, milk and soy. Of course there are other foods that people are allergic to but these account for over 85% of food allergies. Food allergies can be mild to severe and should be taken seriously and allergens should be strictly avoided.
The other, more common type of reaction that food can cause is called food sensitivity. These reactions originate in our GI systems after we ingest foods that we are sensitive to. We can experience immediate stomach discomfort or bloating or develop headaches, sinus drainage, joint pain or rashes several hours after eating that food, at any rate, they don’t make us feel good. These types of reactions typically come from inflammation. If we unknowingly consume foods that we are sensitive to we continue to ‘feed’ inflammation in our bodies which prevents us from resolving the symptoms. In extreme cases, eating the wrong foods for a prolonged period of time can result in something called ‘Leaky Gut’. This is where the space between the cells in our guts become weak and lets particles of undigested food escape into our bloodstreams creating an inflammatory response. This inflammation can result in headaches, joint pain, fatigue many other symptoms, also not ideal for a happy existence! So, how do we know which foods we are sensitive too? Fortunately, there are many tests that can help us pinpoint food allergies and food sensitivities. Here at WWCC, we have both food allergy and sensitivity testing for adults and children as well as genetic testing that can help us counsel you on which foods you should be avoiding.
So if you have tried everything to cure your symptoms, but haven’t yet considered food allergies/sensitivities, the solution may be as simple as what you are eating. Book an appointment with us today and learn more about how foods are affecting your health.
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