Could a Food Allergy be the Cause of Your Health Concerns?
As a neurologist who specializes in chronic migraines, some of my patients struggle for decades before they come to see me. They’re often surprised when I zero in on their diet. I personally didn’t give food allergies much thought, until a fateful run-in with a former patient and her mother. It sparked my curiosity when they told me that eliminating gluten was the missing link in her treatment plan.
I decided to experiment a little myself, and the results were astounding. In my small outpatient practice in the suburbs of Chicago, I found that food allergies or sensitivities are an ever-present threat. Based on a blood test to identify IgG antibody responses, I’ve found three dominant food allergies in my patients:
Upon treatment for these food allergies, their migraines are more manageable, if not completely eliminated.
Is it a food allergy?
Food allergies and sensitivities can be difficult to spot; the response in the body may take 4-72 hours to develop, and symptoms vary from person to person. Sufferers may notice:
Just as reaction times and symptoms differ in each person, so do foods that could trigger an allergy or sensitivity. The seven most common food allergies and sensitivities are caused by:
How do food allergies develop?
A handful of causes likely contribute to this widespread problem. Some believe that processed foods damage our digestive systems. Others think a lack of healthy bacteria, digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid in the gut are to blame. Most explanations come down to poor digestion.
Ayurveda has long believed that undigested food in the digestive tract, also called “ama,” can wreak havoc on the entire body. In the case of food allergies, one theory is that the body cannot digest foods you are allergic to. As ama builds up in and damages the digestive tract, food particles can escape into the blood stream. The body’s immune system treats these foreign food particles as dangerous invaders. A body at war with itself in this way can experience a host of health issues.
How does Zira Mind and Body treat food allergies?
Zira Mind and Body tests for food allergies, but an elimination diet can also help you determine if you have an allergy or sensitivity. In addition to testing with your own diet, we also recommend measures that improve digestion. Here are a few things we advise:
As you can see, there are many factors to consider when diagnosing and treating food allergies and sensitivities. Consistent changes to your diet and digestive health may be all it takes to clear some of your toughest health hurdles. There is no risk in exploring food’s connection to your health concerns – no laundry list of side effects; No operations involved. So ask yourself, what do you have to lose? Maybe a little excess weight around the middle! This is one of the many beneficial ‘side effects’ with removing a food item that you may be intolerant to, along with adding digestive healers as listed above.