Food Allergies

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Learn more about the common health problems that have been linked to your genetic profile, your hormones, neurotransmitter imbalance and food allergies and how health testing through transformyou can get you back on track to living a full, productive life.

About Food Allergies

You know you have a food allergy when you have an abnormal response to a food that is triggered by your body's immune system.

In adults, the foods that most often trigger allergic reactions include:

  • Fish and shellfish, such as shrimp, lobster, and crab
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts, such as walnuts
  • Eggs

Sometimes a reaction to food is not an allergy. It is often a reaction called a "food intolerance". Your immune system does not cause the symptoms of food intolerance, but these symptoms can look and feel like those of a food allergy.

How Do Allergic Reactions to Food Occur?

The allergens in food are those components that are responsible for inciting an allergic reaction. They are proteins that usually resist the heat of cooking, the acid in the stomach, and the intestinal digestive enzymes. As a result, the allergens survive to cross the gastrointestinal lining, enter the bloodstream, and go to target organs, causing allergic reactions throughout the body.

Common Health Problems Linked to Food Allergies

Numerous health problems have been linked to food allergies and food intolerances - common everyday problems like migraines, aching joints, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, eczema, hyperactivity/ADD, asthma, and even obesity.

ADD, ADHD and Food Allergies

Eating a balanced diet can help all people—including those with ADHD—function well. Those concerned about diet and ADHD hypothesize a toxic or allergic effect by some foods. The most commonly targeted foods are milk, wheat, dyes, preservatives, sugars, and caffeine. These diet elements are believed to cause or at least contribute to ADHD and ADD Symptoms.

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Arthritis and Food Allergies

The body can be allergic to any food; therefore any food allergy is capable of causing inflammation and arthritis. This includes RA, juvenile arthritis, and undefined joint pains. This is why it can be so difficult for one to recognize the relationship between their diet and their symptoms. Let’s use a dairy allergy as an example. If you eat any form of dairy, be it milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, or even dairy in the form of casein or whey in another food product, such as bread or milk chocolate, then you can potentially trigger the symptoms of your food allergy, in this case, arthritis. Allergy symptoms may show up hours or even a day later, well after food is absorbed into your system.

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Chronic Fatigue and Food Allergies

Allergic reactions to food, food intolerance (hypersensitivity), refined food, junk foods, food additives, and chemical contaminants in food can alter our moods and lead directly or indirectly to a constant state of low energy. People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome frequently have sensitivities to foods, chemicals, and other inhalants. These may be classical allergies – which are IgE (Immunoglobulin Type E)-mediated sensitivities or food intolerance (which is not IgE-mediated, so allergy tests, such as skin prick tests, are negative) and chemical intolerance are especially common. Patients showing evidence of this often find that the management of these sensitivities can be an essential part of improvement or recovery from the illness.

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Eczema and Food Allergies

Eczema flare-ups can be prevented through careful management of your diet. One such way is by identifying food triggers that cause your eczema to flare-up. As not all triggers are the same for everyone, you will need to determine what your food triggers are.

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Fibromyalgia and Food Allergies

While there is no specific diet for all fibromyalgia cases, different symptoms may suggest ways of improving your health through diet. As fibromyalgia sufferers often have one condition amplifying another (or several others), relieving even one can increase your quality of life, sometimes substantially. If your body overreacts to certain foods, it could worsen conditions ranging from digestive troubles (gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea) to fatigue, headache or migraine, joint pain, mood disorders, muscle aches, and skin problems.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Food Allergies

Treatment will depend on the types of symptoms you have and their severity, as well as how they affect your daily life, and will likely involve changes to your lifestyle. Active involvement in treatment is important to manage it successfully. Treatment usually focuses on changes in diet and lifestyle, avoiding foods that trigger symptoms and managing stress.

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Migraines and Food Allergies

In many people, migraines are triggered by certain foods or smells. Eliminating exposure to these triggers may stop the headaches. But first, you have to find out what those triggers are!

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Weight Gain, Obesity and Food Allergies

Reactions to foods are not always immediate. They can occur many hours later as bloating and swelling in the hands, feet, ankles, abdomen, chin and around the eyes. Much of the weight gained is fluid retention caused by inflammation and the release of certain hormones. In addition, there is fermentation of foods, particularly carbohydrates, in the intestines which can result in a swollen distended belly and gas production. Food allergies, as well as food sensitivities, can cause weight gain. Yes, it’s possible to have no other symptoms. You can’t count on seeing runny noses or sneezes with some food sensitivities. Instead, a person’s body perceives the food as a poison and limits digestion of nutrients, thus causing the body to store fat.

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If you think an unknown food allergy might be causing one or more of these symptoms in you, contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our licensed physicians. During the consultation, you'll discuss the benefits of getting testing done to determine if a food allergy is the root of your pain or problem. Health testing can get you back on track to living your best life, living pain and symptom-free. If you have lived with one or more of these issues for years, this might be the answer you've been searching for.