vs. Food Sensitivities
by Christine H.
Do you ever eat a food and have a reaction that you know for a fact was
caused by the food you ate?
Or do you sometimes feel bad and wonder if there was anything you ate in the
last few days that’s causing you to feel this way?
If you have a reaction to a food you ate, either immediately or within a
couple hours, that you can irrefutably say was caused by that food, that is a
If you think you might be reacting to a food you ate recently, but can’t
pinpoint the food, the day or time, it could possibly be a hidden food allergy,
also known as a food sensitivity or food intolerance.
True food allergies are rare. If you’re allergic to a food, you will have an
immediate reaction and you will know that you’re allergic to that food.
More common than food allergies are food sensitivities or food intolerance.
But unlike food allergies, the foods you’re sensitive to are not obvious.
Food sensitivities are often referred to as hidden food allergies. When you
have food sensitivities, your immune system treats the intolerant foods like a
foreign invader, like it would viruses or bacteria. When this happens, it’s not
apparent that you’re having a reaction to a food.
For example, I’m allergic to MSG. I know almost immediately if I’ve eaten
anything with MSG in it because I will feel like my tongue is disconnected from
my brain and my speech becomes garbled.
A few years ago, I was doing a detoxification program that included whey
protein as one of the products in the cleanse. About a week into the program, I
was experiencing what I thought was a very mild MSG reaction. When I stopped
the whey protein, the reaction disappeared.
Now, I know that some protein powders can contain hidden MSG. So, I assumed
I was having a mild reaction to MSG in the whey protein, even though the
company assured me that the product was produced under ideal conditions and there
was no MSG in the product. However, I didn’t believe them because this type of
reaction I had only experienced from MSG.
When I was tested for food sensitivities, I discovered that I was sensitive
to whey. What a surprise! I was not reacting to MSG, but to the whey protein.
This is an example of a hidden food allergy or a food intolerance.
Generally when you have food sensitivities, they are to foods you love and
eat a lot. They can also be to other foods as well.
With food intolerance, you have a chronic activation of the immune system,
leading to inflammation and a variety of health problems like …
- digestive disorders
- migraine headaches
- chronic fatigue
- aching joints
- skin disorders
- and more …
Almost anything other than perfect health can be a symptom of food
According to current research, 30 to 90% of the population of the U.S. is
affected by food sensitivities. Most people are not aware that they are
intolerant to certain foods and have no clue as to the foods that might be
doing harm to their health.
If you experience anything less than robust health, there’s a good chance
that you may have food sensitivities.
How do you find out?
“The ALCAT Test is the most
effective and comprehensive sensitivity/intolerance test available… It is the
only test shown to correlate with clinical symptoms by double blind oral
challenges, the gold standard.”
Note: This is not a substitute for medical advice. If you
have health problems, consult your physician.
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programs to meet your unique nutritional needs. Dr. Farlow provides nutritional
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to learn more about food sensitivities and how the ALCAT Test can help you
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