basket-of-vegetablesAs improbable as it sounds, some people get a stomachache, headache, or other uncomfortable symptoms from eating “healthy” foods such as whole grains, milk, or even fruits and vegetables.

For reasons we do not fully understand, for some individuals, eating a specific food causes the immune system to stand up and fight creating symptoms as varied as stomach aches, foggy thinking, low energy, and congestion. Consequently, you become ill. The illness you have is the immune system’s response to a certain food.

The tendency to be sensitive to certain foods can be either genetic or caused by the constant and repeated exposure to the same foods. Since we tend to eat the same foods over and over our present symptoms continue and new ones start to develop.

Well over 140 different foods have been identified as causes of allergic reactions. According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 90% of food allergies are associated with 8 food types:

Cow’s milk
Hen’s eggs
Peanuts
Soy foods
Wheat
Fish
Crustacean shellfish (such shrimp, prawns, lobster, and crab)
Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and chestnuts)
Food additives and preservatives

Carefully reading food labels is one way you can try to avoid some of the foods, preservatives and additives to which you may be sensitive. However, when ingredients are present in very small amounts they are often not declared on the label. A better way to avoid potential toxins is to eat fresh, organically grown foods.

Three Ways to Identify Food Allergiesthe first 2 are difficult, painful and/or incomplete.

Get a blood test. Blood testing for food allergies can help you to identify some hidden food allergies. While these tests do have limitations and need to be interpreted in the context of the rest of your health, they can be useful guides to what’s bothering YOU in particular.

Go dairy- and gluten-free for six weeks. Dairy and grains are common triggers of food allergies. Temporarily cutting them out of the diet sometimes improves symptoms of sensitivities.

If you don’t feel a sense of relief from nixing dairy and grains, you may need to take the elimination diet one step further by cutting out the top food allergens: grains, dairy, corn, eggs, soy, nuts, nightshades (tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes and eggplant), citrus and yeast (baker’s, brewer’s yeast and fermented products like vinegar). Try this for a full six weeks. That is enough time to feel better and notice a change.

Get tested and treated painlessly and effectively.  If the often impossible task of staying off foods and trying to figure it all out yourself is not appealing to you, Advanced Allergy Therapeutics can very easily and painlessly help you figure out what foods (as well as other substances) cause sensitivities. Identifying your sensitivities is only half the battle. Most people think that the answer is to just avoid the substance, but in almost all cases, with effective treatment with Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, avoidance is unnecessary.

A simple phone call to Dr. Lisa Gordon, Howard County, Maryland’s leading alternative allergy specialist will help you determine if you are a candidate to receive Advanced Allergy Therapeutics. Patients of all ages benefit.

Call 410-717-6610 or email Dr. Gordon at drlisa@drlisagordon.com.

Her website can be found at www.drlisagordon.com

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