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Food Allergies & Intolerances – The Hidden Source of Your Troubles

by Dr. David Minkoff May 07, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

Food Allergies & Intolerances – The Hidden Source of Your Troubles

The Science Of Food Allergies & Food Intolerances

According to scientific research, more than half of the American population has one or more allergies, and the reactions range from sneezing to life-threatening anaphylaxis. [1]

Food intolerances are like allergies, but instead of causing an immune response, the adverse effects are due to the body’s inability to digest a specific food. [2]

Truthfully, it’s more likely that upward of 70-80% of Americans suffer from adverse reactions to their food or environment.

The effects of food allergies or intolerances are not black and white, but can dramatically impact your overall health and well-being. For example, you may not sneeze or develop a rash after drinking milk but experience symptoms such as fatigue, acne, bloating, gas, headaches, and abdominal pain, which often take up to 48 hours to appear. [3,4]

What does this mean to you? It is worth your time to understand allergies and intolerances and discover which foods may be behind your trouble.

 

What are Allergies?

An allergy is an immune system response after contact with or ingestion of a substance to which your body has become hypersensitive.

The basic science of this is simple, but we first must understand a few definitions:

  • Pathogen: A microorganism that can cause disease, such as a bacteria or virus
  • Antigen: A substance (usually a protein) that causes an immune system response. Antigens can either be on a microorganism (like a pathogen) or can be a nonliving substance (such as latex or a food item)
  • Antibody: A y-shaped protein created by your body to counteract an antigen
  • IgE (Immunoglobulin E): The category of antibody your immune system produces when an allergen is contacted
  • Mast Cell: A type of cell that exists throughout your body and is designed to release chemicals such as histamines in the presence of IgE
  • Histamine: A chemical produced by your body that helps trigger immune system responses by dilating blood vessels, contracting muscles, increasing the flow of liquids, and increasing the permeability of your capillaries.

When an antigen enters your system, your immune system identifies it as a danger and begins “rallying the troops” to fight it off and keep your body healthy. Your cells rapidly produce high quantities of the antibodies to eradicate that pathogen, and these antibodies serve several functions that include:

  • Trap and neutralize antigens and pathogens
  • Act as “flags” on pathogens to make them easier to destroy
  • Trigger inflammation

One of the ways inflammation is triggered is through the mast cells. When activated, mast cells release chemicals that cause the surrounding blood vessels, muscles, and other cells to become inflamed.

And guess what? Most mast cells are located where your body and the environment meet [5], including:

  • Skin
  • Lungs
  • Sinuses
  • Stomach

The inflammation is a response to the body recognizing a pathogen and releasing substances to help your body destroy it and flush it out.

 

Inflammation and Allergies

This inflammatory response is the essence of what we call an allergy – your immune system responding to a substance that may be harmless.

 

Common Allergy Symptoms

Many people are aware of sneezing, coughing, rashes, and trouble breathing as allergic reactions, but the list is much longer [6,7]:

  • Sneezing, itchy, runny, or blocked nose
  • Watery, itchy, and red eyes
  • Chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing
  • Rashes
  • Swelling in your lips, eyes, tongue, or face
  • Stomachache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Dry, cracked, and red skin
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Acne

Many people are unaware that they have food allergies. For example, one woman in her 20s developed cystic acne that lasted for almost six years and wouldn’t respond to medications, special skin cleansers, or dermatological treatments. She finally cured her acne eliminating certain foods from her diet. [8]

 

Food Intolerances or Food Sensitivities

Many people have difficulty digesting specific foods, called a “food sensitivity” or “food intolerance” depending on the severity of the condition.

An intolerance occurs when your body is lacking the enzymes it needs to break down and digest specific proteins. You have probably heard of someone being “lactose intolerant,” which means the person is deficient in lactase – the enzyme that breaks down lactose (a protein found in all dairy products). [9]

Gluten, the protein found in many grains, is another common intolerance that indicates a lack of the enzyme dipeptidyl peptidase IV. [10]

Intolerances can be present from birth, develop over time, or develop as a result of illnesses. [11] Symptoms can take up to 48 hours to appear, and can include [12,13]:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Rashes
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain
  • High levels of acid in your stomach (reflux)
  • Skin flush
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anemia
  • Joint pain

Whoa – those symptoms can all be caused by what I eat?

Believe it or not, the answer is yes.

Your physical condition, emotional state, clear skin, and ability to digest are heavily influenced by what you eat.

 

The Solution to Food Allergies and Food Intolerances

While there is no known cure for an allergy or intolerance, it IS possible to live a full life while avoiding foods that your body cannot tolerate.

If you are suffering from chronic physical problems, simply avoiding foods that are toxic to your body can change your life.

In fact, one woman in her 60s was suffering from chronic nausea and abdominal pain to the point she was worried that she had cancer. We worked with her to discover some possible intolerances and allergens, got her off them, and the results were incredible. Not only did the pain and discomfort stop, but she experienced a resurgence in energy and ability to focus.

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References:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/statistics
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/common-food-intolerances
  3. https://www.allergyuk.org/information-and-advice/conditions-and-symptoms/36-food-allergy
  4. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10620-008-0331-x
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4701915/
  6. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/allergies/symptoms/
  7. https://acaai.org/allergies/symptoms
  8. https://www.fromlusttilldawn.com/how-i-cured-my-cystic-acne-by-discovering-my-food-allergies-and-acid-reflux/
  9. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/lactose-intolerance-101
  10. https://www.pharmaca.com/projectwellness/how-digestive-enzymes-can-help-food-intolerance/
  11. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/common-food-intolerances
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4406911/
  13. https://www.allergyuk.org/information-and-advice/conditions-and-symptoms/36-food-allergy
Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.



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