Are the Foods You Are Eating Making You Sick?
"But how could what I'm eating have anything to do with … autoimmunity, headaches, sinus congestion, achy joints, anxiety, sleeplessness?" is often the very next question.
I'm going to explain how foods can lead to issues anywhere and everywhere in the body.
It is easy to tell when a food – ice cream let's say – leads to digestive symptoms, like bloating and gas, within an hour or two of eating it.
Or when a peanut causes anaphylactic shock and a trip to the emergency room.
But when it comes to often unrecognized reactions to foods, the answer is delayed, inflammatory reactions.
It's not so easy to figure out which foods are causing delayed reactions, especially when they cause symptoms in locations other than in the digestive tract, and when those symptoms are experienced everyday.
The food reactions begin to look like our normal way of feeling … or we start to think of it as part of aging.
I say "you deserve to feel good everyday!"
So it's well worth it to track down those delayed reactions to foods and to choose to eat different foods … in order to feel at your best.
Are you wondering how you can start crossing off the symptoms on your list?
Fatigue, low mood, bloating, weight gain, joint pain, frequent infections, decreased focus …
Step 1: Get an IgG food intolerance panel done. Or maybe it's time for a recheck if you've been avoiding your reactive foods for a while.
There are many ways to check for food reactions now. Some cost over $ 1000; and some check every type of immune response to food. I find that the most cost-effective and health-efficient way to figure out which foods to cut is with an IgG food panel – because it identifies those delayed reactions to food.
IgG stands for "immunoglobulin G" and is one of the antibodies that our bodies produce in response to "foreign invaders" such as viruses, bacteria and food when it sneaks past the intestinal lining. The key is that IgG is produced 2 hours to several days after exposure … so it signifies your specific, delayed reactions to food.
And just like with an infection, IgG antibodies lead to inflammation that can spread throughout the body to where you are susceptible. For one person that might be the sinuses, for another it might be the bladder or joints.
You can do an IgG panel with a finger poke and a few drops of blood sent to a lab that specializes in identifying these antibodies to 96 foods.
Step 2: Eliminate the foods that have the highest IgG reactions.
A cleanse can be helpful for those of you who've already been avoiding reactive foods, but maybe got a little off track during the holidays, or need to freshen up.
So if you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired …
• and especially if you've already tried eliminating lactose (which is a sugar in dairy) …
• and you've already checked for IgE reactions (immediate response) to food with your allergist …
• and even if you've tested negative for Celiac disease …
Then finding out your IgG reactions to food will give you the information you need for choosing foods that don't trigger a whole body inflammatory response … and that allow your body to heal.
This IgG panel has made a difference in the lives of my patients …
"My five-year-old daughter has been avoiding gluten, dairy and eggs since receiving her results two weeks ago … and her stomach issues have improved 50% or more. She has not complained of stomach pains and diarrhea episodes have decreased. "
"So far I'm staying away from eggs, bananas, gluten and sugar … and I'm feeling great! The reflux has gone away, I lost 15 pounds and my anxiety has decreased tremendously."
"I feel better than I have in thirty years! Since changing my diet a month ago … I'm more successful at work and instead of worrying about what my family would do without me, I'm enjoying every minute with my wife and son. "
So if you are wondering how to take your health to the next level, or how to break the vicious cycle of feeling terrible … I encourage you to consider whether you are ready to find out which foods are making you sick.
While the IgG panel is NOT considered diagnostic, and is not covered by insurance … over the past 13 years helping people feel better, including myself … I've found it to be a key factor in turning un-wellness into wellness .
Feel good because you are eating what feels good to your body!