Food Intolerance & Food Allergy
“It is estimated that in the US over half of the population have food sensitivities and most they do not even know it.”
Food intolerance is a digestive system response and not an immune system response to the ingestion of certain foods. It occurs when something in food irritates a person’s digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest, or break down, the food. Something very healthy such as broccoli can create an inflammatory response when not tolerated. Consuming the same foods over and over facilitate the development of intolerance and for this reason testing is standard in our clinic. Since food intolerance change over time, we recommend testing 3-4 times a year.
Symptoms of food intolerance include:
- Stomach pain
- Water Retention
- Gas, cramps or bloating
- Irritability or nervousness
Food intolerance are not just for those involved in inflammatory diseases but also for those that want to lose weight, for general wellness and athletes all can benefit of periodical testing.
“It is estimated that in the US over 15 million people have food allergies and many they do not even know it.”
Food allergies are an immune response which occur when a sensitive person eats, inhales, or comes into contact with even tiny amounts of certain foods. These reactions occur with exposure to proteins called allergens and can be very mild or may be life-threatening.
Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe, and the amount of food necessary to trigger a reaction varies from person to person.
Symptoms of a food allergy may include:
- Rash or hives
- Sinusitis, rhinitis and dripping nose
- Hay fever
- Cramping stomach pain
- Itchy skin
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Swelling of the airways to the lungs
Many people suffer from allergies and do not even know and the exponential growth of this problem, makes proper food and mold allergies testing a standard in our clinic.
“It is estimated that in the US over 18 million people have gluten sensitivity and they do not even know it.”
Gluten is a protein contained in certain foods, especially grains. The awareness towards gluten has grown exponentially in the last ten years. Many people avoid gluten and they should not and many other do not avoid gluten and they should.
The conventional testing performed is to detect celiac disease which is an auto immune disease where the body attack the small intestine when gluten is consumed. Unless you have celiac disease, this test will be negative. There is another reaction towards gluten called not celiac gluten sensitivity which is not caused by an immune response as it happens for celiac disease. The excessive frequency of consumption from gluten contained in foods, medications, personal care products and most of the foods we consume, has caused a growing epidemic of this problem.
Common symptoms of not celiac gluten sensitivity includes:
- Foggy mind
- ADD and ADHD
- Head ache
- Skin problems
- Induced allergy symptoms
- Joint Pain
Even if gluten sensitivity is not caused by an auto immune response it is a trigger for many auto immune disease, especially for the thyroid.
The gluten sensitivity test is not only for those with a medical condition but also for general wellness and for athletic performance. This is a standard test in our clinic.
While standard gluten testing looks at just 1 gluten protein, we run the most sophisticated test for gluten sensitivity through analysis of all twenty gluten proteins.
Our clinics serve Miami, Aventura and Hallandale Beach. Contact us now and we will help bring about the change you have been needing.