Are Your Healthy Foods Making You Sick?
by Christine H.
Healthy eating is important.
So, how can it be that some people
- eat healthfully but
don't feel truly healthy?
- are fanatical about
health and healthy eating and they're still not healthy?
- no matter what they
do, just cannot get healthy?
Do they have "bad genes?" Are they destined to be unhealthy?
Or is there some other explanation?
Do you see yourself or someone you know in this scenario?
Let's look at what it means to be healthy.
When you're healthy, you
- feel good
- have a lot of
- have a zest for
- have a positive
- experience vitality
in body, mind and spirit
An optimal state of health occurs when your
- body chemistry is
- cells are nourished
down to the deepest cellular level
- body is absorbing
all the nutrients it needs
- body is working
like a fine tuned machine
So, how is it that some people work really hard at being healthy and
are doing everything right yet still are not able to achieve excellent health?
The truth is that optimal well being sometimes takes more than a healthy
diet, regular exercise and a positive mindset. You are unique. There's no one
else on the face of the earth exactly like you. Your needs are unique. You must
meet your unique needs to realize your true health potential.
It's true some people, no matter how they live their life, seem to be robust
and fit. They're among the few who’ve been blessed with a strong genetic makeup
and they don't seem to have to work at being healthy.
not one of them, don't worry there's still hope. It's just a
matter of a little detective work.
First, healthy foods are classified according to the nutrients they contain
and their potential to produce health enhancing benefits in general. But, not all
so-called healthy foods may be healthy for you.
You've heard of some people being allergic to foods like eggs, peanuts or dairy.
Maybe you're one of them or you know someone who has food allergies. While some
people have severe, maybe even life-threatening reactions to these foods,
others thrive on them.
Generally with food allergies, your reaction is instantaneous or occurs
within 2 hours of eating the food.
kind of allergy, a hidden food allergy, causes a reaction
anywhere from several hours to 3 days after you've eaten the food. It can cause
migraines, digestive upset, arthritis, fatigue, skin disorders and many more
ailments you probably wouldn't associate with food. These are food
sensitivities or food intolerance.
When you eat foods you're sensitive to, it causes an inflammatory reaction
in your body. As long as you continue to eat intolerant foods, the inflammation
continues and your health declines.
Suppose you're intolerant to foods like broccoli or salmon. Everything you
read tells you they're healthy foods which protect you from things like cancer
and heart disease. You eat them frequently because they're supposed to be so
good for you.
But instead of feeling better, you feel worse. Your joints are getting
stiff. Your skin is breaking out. Headaches are occurring frequently. You're
frustrated. You're doing so many good things for your health and instead of
feeling better, you feel worse.
sound like you or someone you know?
Food sensitivities are insidious. Most people don't have a clue they're
sensitive to certain foods. And finding out what foods you're sensitive to can
be a challenge.
You can try to figure it out on your own by following an elimination diet.
However, this can take a long time to determine all your sensitive foods and,
in my experience, most people can't stick with it long enough to determine all
An easier way to discover your food sensitivities is the ALCAT Test. It's a
blood test that challenges the part of your immune system responsible for food
sensitivities against different foods to determine your immune response. The
strength of the response tells if you have a severe, moderate or mild
sensitivity or none at all.
You can choose to test between 100 and 200 different foods. And in two weeks,
you have a report listing all your sensitive foods, the degree of sensitivity,
and your safe foods. It's that simple. Imagine how long it would take to test
that many foods on an elimination diet!
Note: This is not a substitute for medical advice. If you
have health problems, consult your physician.
© 2012, Christine H. Farlow, D.C., customizing
nutritional programs to meet your unique nutritional needs. Dr. Farlow provides
nutritional consultations in her office and by phone. Request a FREE Consultation
to learn more about food sensitivities and how the ALCAT Test can help you to
improve your health at http://christinehfarlowdc.com/