Food Allergies

Oakville Naturopath

You may know someone who suffers from a life threatening food allergy; someone who needs an epipen because the unknown ingestion of foods like peanuts causes their throat to close. This immune reaction caused by the production of immune molecules known as IgE’ s and will not be that difficult to identify because the reaction happens immediately after the ingestion of the offending food.

Other forms of allergies exist that can be more difficult to identify. Delayed onset food reactions, also known as food sensitivities, cause a similar immune molecule to form but the reactions are much slower and symptoms far more broad. If you have a food intolerance, your body will produce IgG molecules against a food resulting in symptoms within hours to days.

Many of us have food sensitivities and don’t even know it’s a problem until we remove the food from our diet. Our immune systems are constantly in overdrive reacting to foods instead of fending off pathogens.

Symptoms Associate with Food Intolerances

Digestive Symptoms

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Loose stools
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Constipation
  • GERD (reflux)
  • Blood in the stool
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel Syndrome 

Skin Symptoms

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Hives

Mental Emotional Symptoms

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Food cravings
  • Insomnia

Immune Symtoms

  • Sinus congestion
  • Ear congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Hay fever
  • Asthma
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Itching in the ears
  • Itchy mouth
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing

General Symptoms

  • Joint pain or stiffness
  • Arthritis (rheumatoid)
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Malaise
  • Weight gain
  • Water retention
  • Puffy eyes
  • Dark under-eye circles
  • High blood pressure
  • Cellulite
  • Difficulty losing weight

Food sensitivity testing involves simple blood work to assess to which foods the body is having IgG reactions. Patients are generally more successful when they cut out the guesswork involved with determining which foods are problematic. Once foods are determined, it is essential to focus on healing, repairing and restoring the digestive tract in order to prevent further intolerances.

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