Food sensitivities and allergies are common topics these days. With many people suffering from things such as brain fog, low energy levels, weight gain (or weight loss) and digestive disorders, many have been looking at a food allergy as the culprit. A food allergy can be defined as an adverse reaction to foods, which the immune system is involved. It is the cumulative effect of intolerances that overwhelm the body.
We all know the common allergens such as dairy and gluten, but many of us can be sensitive to foods we wouldn’t necessarily think would bother us. The nightshade family (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes) can cause joint pain, heartburn and bloating. Certain grains such as oatmeal or quinoa can also have effects similar to gluten intolerances.
What makes us allergic to foods? An overburdened liver due to too many toxins from foods and environmental factors, pharmaceutical drugs such as aspirin or high blood pressure pills, vaccines, antibiotics, chronic infections, leaky gut, candida and parasites; just to name a few. Allergies or sensitivities can build up over a period of time, which is why we can develop them as we get older.
So what can you do? Eating a diet low in anti inflammatory foods, looking after digestion, getting lots of rest and exercise are all part of a well rounded wellness plan to help manage and prevent allergies. If you have tried everything under the sun and are still not feeling like your best self, try to rule out a food sensitivity. Food sensitivities can be determined from a food sensitivity test or elimination diet. While hard at first, the benefits in the long run are worth it.
If you need help navigating your nutrition, book an appointment with our Holistic Nutritionist Mia Harris. She will help you design a custom nutrition plan to match your health and wellness goals and get you feeling your best!