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Understanding Food Sensitivities and Their Impact on Health

Food sensitivities can have a significant impact on our overall health and well-being. When we consume foods that our bodies are sensitive to, it can trigger a range of symptoms and health issues. Unlike food allergies, which involve an immediate and severe immune response, food sensitivities involve a delayed reaction by the immune system, making them harder to identify and diagnose. One of the most common symptoms of food sensitivities is digestive issues. Bloating, gas, diarrhea, or constipation are all signs that our bodies may be reacting to certain foods. However, it's important to note that food sensitivities can also manifest in other ways. Headaches, fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, and mood changes are all potential symptoms of food sensitivities. These symptoms can vary from person to person and may not always be immediately linked to the foods we eat. Identifying food sensitivities can be challenging because they can be caused by a wide range of foods. While gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn and peanuts are common culprits, each person's sensitivities are unique. What may cause a reaction in one person may not affect another. Functional food sensitivity tests can be a valuable tool in identifying food sensitivities. These labs can test for specific antibodies and immune responses to different foods, helping to pinpoint the triggers. Once identified, it is important to eliminate these trigger foods from our diet to alleviate symptoms and improve overall health. A basic elimination diet of top triggers can be another strategy, if desired. Working with a functional wellness practitioner can provide personalized guidance and support in navigating food sensitivities. My expertise in holistic nutrition and functional medicine labs allows me to develop a customized plan to address food sensitivities and promote optimal health. Understanding and addressing food sensitivities may be crucial for achieving and maintaining overall wellness. By identifying and eliminating trigger foods, we can reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and enhance our overall quality of life.

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