There is a growing body of research that suggests food sensitivities may be more prevalent than convention medicine has thought. It looks like modern medicine has been overlooking the role that food sensitivities are playing in many patients overall health. Food sensitivities have been shown to stimulate a much slower immune response than the rapid acting and well known food allergy. The delay of onset of symptoms make identifying the responsible food that much more difficult. What is very important is that the symptoms caused by food sensitivities are often dramatically different from the gastro-intestinal symptoms, hives and respiratory symptoms common with food allergies.
The list of symptoms and conditions that have been associated with food sensitivities are long, the most common are: acne, anxiety, depression, arthritis, inflammation, asthma, ADD, ADHD, autisim, bronchitis, candida, Chron’s disease, colitis, irritable bowel disease, eczema, headaches, migraines, mood swings, brain fog, multiple sclerosis, sinusitis and sleep disturbances.
If you suspect that you have a food sensitivity an elimination diet can be very useful. Eliminate the suspected food from your diet for a minimum of three weeks (that is how long an immune response can last even from ingesting just one serving of a food that one is sensitive to) and take notes on a daily basis to record how you feel and the changes that you may experience in symptoms over the entire three week period. If you do not feel any different after three weeks, slowly re-introduce the food into your diet and be careful to note any changes in how you feel or changes in any common symptoms that you may be having.
Click on the link below to read additional information on food sensitivities from Kelly Hayford, C.N.C.