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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. 
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. 
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.
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:
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:
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 , including:
The inflammation is a response to the body recognizing a pathogen and releasing substances to help your body destroy it and flush it out.
This inflammatory response is the essence of what we call an allergy – your immune system responding to a substance that may be harmless.
Many people are aware of sneezing, coughing, rashes, and trouble breathing as allergic reactions, but the list is much longer [6,7]:
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. 
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). 
Gluten, the protein found in many grains, is another common intolerance that indicates a lack of the enzyme dipeptidyl peptidase IV. 
Intolerances can be present from birth, develop over time, or develop as a result of illnesses.  Symptoms can take up to 48 hours to appear, and can include [12,13]:
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.
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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One of the founding fathers of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, is known for his statement: “knowledge is power.” We agree with this statement, which is why we devote so much time and effort to helping YOU gain the knowledge you need to achieve greater control of your overall health.
Today we’re going to discuss two of the most common, destructive conditions that the human body is subjected to: Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.
And not only are we going to explain WHAT they are (in understandable terms), but we’re going to explain the hidden link between these two conditions and provide you with some effective, doctor-proven advice as to how to avoid and treat them.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the CDC, approximately 40% of adults in the USA suffer from obesity, and this number has been on the rise over the last several decades. According to a recent study, obesity is the leading cause of preventable death in the USA.
When you put numbers to that, we are talking about over 70 million Americans – and another 99 million who are overweight, possibly on the path to becoming obese. Over $100 billion is spent each year on healthcare for obesity-related health conditions.
This is, by far, one of the most significant factors in American health today.
Physicians over thousands of years have observed a link between a patient’s mental state and how swiftly they recover. It is a long-standing axiom that people who are determined to get better and maintain a healthy frame of mind recover more quickly, with better results.
But what if we told you that it’s a two-way street? That specific health conditions can cause conditions like depression and anxiety?
In 1931, decades before the first antidepressant and antianxiety medications had been developed, a physician named Yaskin discovered that clinical depression is the earliest manifestation of pancreatic cancer. Further research demonstrated that patients who suffered from gastrointestinal malignancies carried the greatest risk of suicide – which was one of the first science-based flags indicating that the digestive system can have an impact on mental health.