Is your food making you sick?
Could food sensitivity be the cause of your persistent health problem?
Have you been suffering from ongoing digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation? Or maybe, you struggle with persistent migraines, eczema or joint pain.
Perhaps you’ve been to several doctors and tried numerous medications and treatments, yet still haven’t found lasting relief. If this sounds like you, then it could be your food that is making you sick!
What are some of the conditions associated with food sensitivity?
There are many! Food sensitivities cause inflammation, which in turn provoke the unpleasant symptoms felt by patients. These symptoms can be experienced in many different areas of the body such as the digestive tract, head, joints and skin.
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Acid reflux/heartburn/GERD
- Ulcerative colitis
- Chronic sinusitis
Some facts to consider…
Food sensitivity is not the same thing as food allergy or food intolerance
Food sensitivity is much more common than food allergy or intolerance
If sensitivity to food or additives in your diet is the source of your illness, then any medications that you take will only mask your symptoms and will not treat the underlying cause of your discomfort
Food sensitivity can be dose dependent
Reactions to food may be experienced from 45 minutes to three days after ingestion
Even “healthy” foods can provoke symptoms
What can I do if I suspect my illness is related to food sensitivity?
Here at Active Physical Therapy, our dietitian offers a program called LEAP that can help you identify your food triggers and implement an individualized diet plan to suit your needs. The program involves obtaining blood work using a patented blood test called MRT (Mediator Release Test). This test identifies your blood’s reaction to 150 different foods and food chemicals.
After the test results are obtained, our dietitian works with you to establish an elimination diet specific to your needs. Once symptom improvement is achieved—often within 5-10 days—you and the dietitian will work together to add more variety back into your diet.
What is wrong with traditional elimination diets?
It is very difficult to isolate a food sensitivity on your own. Our food supply today contains thousands of different foods and chemicals. Consider the long list of hard to pronounce ingredients on food labels! It is very difficult to know where to begin.
Traditional elimination diets given by doctors often require patients to temporarily restrict their diet to only a few food items that are considered the least likely to cause problems. This may result in unnecessarily avoiding certain foods. Additionally, as mentioned above, even so-called “healthy” foods can cause symptoms in sensitive individuals and the very foods prescribed may be the foods causing the problem!
MRT takes the guesswork out of elimination diets.
One size does not fit all. Everyone person is a unique individual and food affects each person in a different way. If you are tired of feeling miserable, then consider a new approach. Healing your body and finding lasting relief from your chronic symptoms may be as simple as changing your diet!
Written by Amy Meyers, RD, CLT. Read more about her here!