Is Your Bowel Allergic to Your Food?

Traditional testing will not tell you if you have food sensitivities or intolerances. 

natural relief for food sensitivities, intolerances and digestive problems

If you find yourself with a stuffy nose, watery eyes and coughing this time of year you probably know you have allergies. But it may surprise you that your child’s digestive problems, your spouse’s skin rash or your friend’s chronic headaches may originate from allergies also. Food allergies.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1.5 % of Americans have true food allergies but nine times as many people have food sensitivities.  That means that if your doctor tells you that “you are not really allergic to__________” or “you are allergic to just a few things”, you probably have what’s called a “pseudo-allergy” i.e. a food sensitivity, or a food intolerance. 

Food Allergy, Sensitivity, Intolerance,
oh my! What’s the difference? 

Unfortunately, food allergies are erroneously lumped together with food sensitivities and food intolerances. Here are some factors that differentiate one from another:

  • “True Allergy”: An adverse reaction to a food agent involving the elevation of specific antibodies due to eating it. 
  • Sensitivity: Adverse reactions in the body upon exposure to a food agent. It does not involve antibodies. 
  • Intolerance: Refers to an absence of a particular chemical or physiological process needed to digest a food group. Intolerances can be caused by fat, protein, carbohydrates, or a combination. Ex: Lactose intolerance. 

What do these food reactions have in common? –A shared list of sinus and bowel symptoms. Food reactions may feel the same but they are not the same. Which gets confusing unless you get tested. 

Did you know that scratch and blood tests only identify what medical doctors call a “true allergy”? Conventional allergy testing typically uses the presence of immunoglobulins as their marker. This narrow view limits identification of all types of food reactions, and therefore limits treatment options for people who are complaining of allergy like symptoms. 

Traditional testing will not tell you if you have food sensitivities or intolerances. That’s why you may feel like you have an allergy but the tests are negative.

It may also be confusing if you have tried to figure this out on you own. Here are 3 reasons why.

1. Food sensitivities tend to have a delayed symptomatic reaction. So is it something I ate on Sunday or is it the yogurt I had this morning that’s making me feel sick now?  

2. Intolerances are quantity related so it may difficult to figure out when you cross the threshold of ‘too much’. “So…I was fine the last time I ate pizza but the next time I ate a pizza, I paid for it twice!”

3. Symptoms are deceptive because you may not normally associate them with the foods you eat. Chronic sinus congestion and gastrointestinal problems make sense but how about the headaches, aching muscles and joints, and fatigue I feel? They can also be symptoms of food sensitivities. These symptoms can occur anytime of year in just about anybody. Yet we can’t just stop eating!

The good news it that if you are food sensitive or intolerant, there are alternative options besides elimination diets and reading labels. 

Clarity instead of Claritin?

If traditional allergy testing has failed you; Or, you would like to rid yourself of painful shots and the negative side effects of medications; Or, you have tried to self diagnose and are still experiencing allergy like bowel and sinus symptoms, we can help you.

At the Digestion Relief Center, we help you find the cause of your allergy like reactions so that you can breath, eat and live normally again. Through our clinical testing we can identify the foods that are creating your symptoms without using shots or drugs. Our advanced, non-invasive, painless approach works with the digestion, respiratory and the immune systems to desensitize your body to no longer react to those substances causing you problems.

Many of our satisfied patients in the Chico and Redding area share the joy of being able to eat foods that they have had to avoid. If traditional medical approaches for your allergy like problems are not working, call Dr. Patrick at 530-899-8741 to schedule a consultation or attend one of our upcoming seminars.

Dr. Patrick Giammarise D.C., Internal Health Specialist, Founder of the Digestion Relief Center, specializes in effective, natural relief for food sensitivities, intolerances and digestive problems. Dr. Patrick can be reached at 530-899-8741 or on the web at www.digestionreliefcenter.com 

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