Food Sensitivity Assessment
Are the foods you are eating hurting you or helping you?
There is increasing evidence that food sensitivities are more common today and have a wider impact on our health than most of us realize. Food allergies involve the body's immune system and can be diagnosed through markers in the blood. Food sensitivities are toxic reactions to foods that do not involve the immune system. These sensitivities are difficult to diagnose through mainstream medicine.
Symptoms of food sensitivities include vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, eczema, hives, skin rashes, wheezing and runny nose. Sensitivities to food may also cause fatigue, gas, bloating, mood swings, nervousness, migraines and eating disorders. Taking enzymes with your meals may reduce these symptoms.
It is estimated that 90% of food allergies and sensitivities are associated with the following food types, however you may also have sensitivities to other foods such as bananas, beer, vinegar, tomatoes, garlic, onion or broccoli etc.
- Cow's milk
- Wheat or Gluten
- Crustacean shellfish (such shrimp, prawns, lobster, and crab)
- Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and chestnuts)
One of the best things you can do for yourself is an elimination diet to reduce inflammation in the body. Eat these easily digested foods for 1 week, then begin adding one food at a time every 3 days to your diet. If there is no reaction or symptoms continue adding new foods every 3 days. If you have a reaction to a food it will usually show up within 3 days and then you can permanently remove that food from your diet.
These gentle foods can support healing of an inflamed stomach and are a great starting point for your elimination diet.