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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 more popular recent voices on the subject promotes a plant-based diet in a big way: The Game Changers. This Netflix special proposes eliminating meat from your diet and replacing it with plant-based sources of protein and nutrition.
Having spent years as a vegan and understanding the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, I couldn’t help but agree with many of the points brought to light in the film.
As a medical doctor, I saw a fundamental flaw in his information: plant-based proteins do not contain enough of each essential amino acid for most of to provide their bodies the wherewithall to optimize body protein synthesis. This is a fact observed through my own experience, through the experience of my patients, and backed by scientific research.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.