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Problem Foods and What to Do About Them

You may already know you have trouble eating certain foods, because of the way you feel afterwards. Perhaps you choose to ignore the symptoms, or you brush them aside, saying “I’ve always had a problem eating X”. You may think your symptom runs in the family and that makes it normal. Or maybe you have a list of foods that you just “can’t eat anymore”. You may even be experiencing symptoms that you aren’t even aware are triggered by what you’re eating.
Symptoms of food sensitivities can be digestion-related: gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But they can also cause less obvious symptoms: eczema, asthma, headaches/migraines, fatigue, high blood pressure, weight problems, and more.
A food allergy is a possibly life-threatening anaphylactic reaction that would necessitate total avoidance of a food. Even a tiny bit of the trigger food can cause a major reaction. A food sensitivity, however, involves a delayed immune reaction that can occur several hours or days after the food is consumed.
The more of the trigger food that is consumed, the stronger the reaction.

It can often be a challenge to determine which foods are the culprit due both to this time delay as well as the fact that you are more likely to be sensitive to foods you consume on a regular basis. You may never suspect that wheat is the cause of your headaches, or that dairy is the cause of your eczema, because you eat them all the time. While there are certain foods that are more likely to cause a reaction, the foods you react to are specific to you and can change over time.

So, what can be done? Once the problematic foods are identified (this can be done through an elimination/provocation protocol, or with a simple finger-prick blood test), we make a plan of action that includes dietary modification and supplementation. The goal is to reduce inflammation and improve digestion, so that your symptoms improve and that in time, you may eat these foods without reaction.

~ Denise Massie, RHN

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