Monday, May 18, 2009
Could Food Allergies Be Causing Your Symptoms?
by Tara Peyman, ND
may be allergic to one or more foods and not even know it. We can
develop an inflammatory allergic response to the foods we eat. Even
healthy foods may be causing symptoms for you. This inflammatory
response can lead to headaches, fatigue, digestive problems, skin rashes, mood disorders, autoimmune conditions, and other symptoms.
There are different types of food allergies or intolerances:
- IgE food allergies
- IgG food allergies
- Food intolerances
food allergies are also called IgE (immunoglobulin E) allergies. IgE
allergies occur within seconds to minutes of eating the food to which
you are allergic. Therefore, people with IgE food allergies are usually
very aware of the foods they are allergic to, because of this quick
(immunoglobulin G) food allergies are delayed in their effects. You can
eat a food to which you have a food an IgG food allergy, and have a
negative response up to 72 hours later! This makes it very difficult to
determine which foods are causing your symptoms. For this type of
allergy, testing is helpful to determine the foods to which you are
food intolerance is the inability to digest a certain food because of a
deficiency of the enzymes necessary to do so. Lactose intolerance is an
example of this. Another example is gluten intolerance, a part of celiac disease.
Celiac disease is a condition in which the person is incapable of
breaking down gluten (found in wheat and several other grains). This is
different from a gluten allergy, in which a person can break down
gluten, but has an allergic response to the gluten proteins once it is
50% of our immune system is located in our digestive tract. Your immune
cells can overreact to certain foods, causing an inflammatory response.
Food allergies can begin as a result of stress or damage in the
digestive tract, eating a certain food too often, or a food being
introduced too early in infancy. Some food allergies or intolerances
are passed on from our parents.
a healthy digestive tract, the cells of the intestinal lining are
linked closely together, allowing only small, digested food particles
through into the bloodstream. Irritation to the intestinal lining can
occur from alcohol, sugar, antibiotics, processed food, and emotional
or physical stress. When the lining becomes irritated, the linkages
between the cells of the intestinal wall can break, and larger food
particles can leak through into the blood. Because only small food
proteins are supposed to be allowed through, the immune system will
target these larger food particles, as if they were a virus or other
foreign body. When you eat that food again, your immune system will
have developed antibodies against it, and it will attack the food
particles that you digest, causing an inflammatory response.
your food allergies may be an important element of uncovering the
reasons for your chronic symptoms. Food allergies can be tested in
several ways. Keeping a diary of the foods you eat each meal, and
noting the timing and intensity of your symptoms can be helpful. The
gold standard for food allergy testing is an allergy elimination and
challenge, in which you completely eliminate a specific set of foods
from your diet, then reintroduce them one at a time, and watch for
symptoms. We can also test your blood against multiple food allergens
to check for IgG or IgE immune reactions. With the results of this
test, we can avoid only the foods to which you react, and later
reintroduce these foods into your diet after your symptoms have
With proper nutrition, natural supplements to heal the intestinal lining, and homeopathic medicine to correct the underlying immune imbalance, you can treat food allergies and improve your overall health, mood, and energy.
Do You Want Food Allergy Testing?
For more information on natural health,
with Dr. Tara Peyman, call:
Tempe - 480.456.0402
Mesa - 480.985.0000