Food and chemical sensitivities are one of the most common sources of inflammation and symptoms across a wide range of chronic inflammatory conditions. They are also one of the most under-addressed areas of conventional medicine.
Do you suffer from brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, joint pain, bloating, or headaches? Do you generally feel like something is off, and just not feel like your normal self?
You could be suffering from food and chemical sensitivities. You may have suspected this already. You may have even tried an elimination diet such as the whole30, but still feel off and like something is not right.
When it comes to food sensitivities it is really hard to pinpoint on your own which foods are to blame because the reaction can be delayed up to at least 3 days. On top of that, the symptoms associated with the offending foods may not be very obvious. For some it may trigger a headache but for others it could trigger mild fatigue a couple of days later.
Another challenging aspect of identifying food sensitivities on your own is that it could be a health food that you would never suspect would cause problems such as salmon, broccoli, garlic or blueberries. After all, aren’t these the foods that you have been told your whole life are good for you? So why would you ever think to eliminate them or suspect them to be causing you any problems? While certain foods may be considered healthy for most people, for you, they could be the culprit of your main health complaints.
The best way to identify your individual food sensitivities is to have lab work done. This takes out the guesswork and allows healing to begin immediately. For more information on which test I have all my clients run, you can visit my website here.
Researchers do not have all the answers to why people develop food sensitivities, but the following are the most widely accepted factors that can contribute to them:
- Poor digestion
- Unbalanced gut flora (an imbalance in the good and bad bacteria in your gut)
- Chronic stress/severe trauma
- Immune system overload
- Overexposure to chemicals
In order for healing to take place, no matter what your symptoms are, you must work to remove as much stress on the body as possible and beginning with known food sensitivities should be step #1. The next steps will be highly individualistic and will depend on the health of the individual. A trained health practitioner like myself will be able to guide you in this process. This process may include but is not limited to further testing to look at the integrity of your gut to know how to specifically support healing, as well as analyzing and working on reducing emotional stress in your life.
When the gut is healthy, the immune system is supported, and overall stress on the body is reduced in all its forms, you may be able to eventually enjoy a wider variety of foods again. This process takes time and will be different for everyone. Food sensitivities may be the root of your main health complaints, but more often than not, they are the result of a deeper issue in one or more of the areas mentioned above.