I know what you’re thinking—not another excuse as to why we are overweight. Many people dismiss the new rule of thought that an obesity gene exists, and frown upon those who should “just exercise and eat right” to lose weight. Although I disagree, I do understand where they are coming from as fads, gimmicks, and excuses fill our inboxes and TVs on a regular basis, constantly changing and contradicting each other.
In this case, we’re going to discuss hidden food allergies. Hidden food allergies are very real; studies have shown that once you remove the allergenic food(s) from your diet, your irritating or even life-threatening conditions dissipate.
What is food intolerance?
Basically food intolerance is “…an individualized biochemical sensitivity to foods that are otherwise wholesome and harmless. This sensitivity causes the immune system to react as if it were protecting the body from an enemy such as a bacteria, virus, or parasite,” according to Roger Deutsch.
This causes the delicate systems of the body to malfunction one by one, until they are all impacted (like a tumbling wall of dominoes) until eventually disease arises. This all begins whenever a person eats a food that they are sensitive to. No two people are alike in their food intolerances (unless by chance).
What is the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance?
In a nutshell, a food allergy causes an adverse reaction almost immediately after consuming the offending food, such as a rash or anaphylactic shock. Food intolerance, however, is much more subtle and hence has been aptly named the “hidden” food allergy. Food intolerance may present such elusive symptoms that you may not even be aware of theconnection to common ailments, complaints, or issues such as obesity, migraines or arthritis to name a few.
An amazing thing happens when one eliminates these aggravating foods: those struggling with fertility find themselves pregnant and those who suffer from frequent infections find themselves responding better to colds and flus, just to give you some examples. Rudy Rivera, M.D., notes that “evidence is quite compelling that immune system activation is a major, probably the major, cause of cardiovascular disease.” Weight falls off, health improves, and energy levels increase just by avoiding your trigger or “poison” foods.
How is this even possible?
According to Rivera, a simple test can help identify these trigger foods and heal disorders of the body such as: diabetes, arthritis, obesity, chronic fatigue, migraines, panic attacks, intestinal problems and childhood illnesses such as ear infections, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and bedwetting.
This comprehensive test is called ALCAT and tests for 200 foods, plus functional foods, medicinal herbs, antibiotics, environmental chemicals, food additives, food colorings, and molds.
It’s not cheap by any means, but the investment in your health is priceless. If you struggle with weight loss no matter how much you diet and exercise, or suffer from any inflammatory condition, it would be worth looking into.
If you have heard of the test and completed it, I’d love to hear your story!
Crystal Manjarres is the owner of One-On-One Fitness, a private personal training and Pilates studio for men and women on Marco Island. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Stott Pilates certified instructor. Her focus is “Empowering men and women of all shapes and sizes”. To send in a question, email Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com. She can also be reached at www.101FIT.com or www.PinkIslandFitness.com and 239-333-5771.