Food Allergy Testing—Necessary or Not?

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 in Allergies, Candida, Cleansing/Detox, Health and Wellness, Newsletters | 0 comments

I hope everyone is having a great summer!

Recently, many more of my clients have been bringing in food allergy tests, saying, “I can’t eat this, I can’t eat that,” and feeling very discouraged. My response is stay positive. Food allergy testing can be valid, but there can be a lot of false positives. What I mean by that is that the reactions some people have to certain foods are acute sensitivities that may dissipate over time once inflammation and infection in the body is addressed. Most of the time, food allergy testing is not necessary when a 90-day program to clear candida overgrowth and heal leaky gut is implemented.

After seeing thousands of clients, I have found on the first visit that most of them have the following conditions

in different degrees of severity, with autoimmune conditions and cancer being on the severe side of the spectrum:

  • Dysbiosis (imbalance of good to bad bacteria)
  • Candida overgrowth/fungus
  • Leaky gut
  • Congested gallbladders and overtaxed livers
  • Low or high blood sugar
  • Adrenal fatigue

Why? Because of poor lifestyle habits over many years.

What Does Leaky Gut and Candida Have to Do with Food Allergies?

Leaky gut is a condition where the gastrointestinal lining becomes damaged, allowing undigested proteins, fats, carbs, and microorganisms (candida/fungus, bacteria, viruses, and parasites) into the bloodstream and lymph system. This condition is the result of having a poor diet that consists of fast food, refined sugars, alcohol, sodas, excess caffeine, refined carbohydrates, gluten, corn, and artificial sweeteners. Other factors that contribute to leaky gut are unmanaged stress, overuse of antibiotics and steroids, dehydration,  and the heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium) and chemicals in genetically modified foods.

When candida and fungal mycotoxins (by-products of yeast and fungus) along with food antigens enter the lymph and bloodstream, the immune system goes on high alert. Food allergies become apparent with symptoms ranging from hives, swollen lips, itchy throat and eyes, difficulty breathing or anaphylaxis. Food intolerances appear as bloating and gas, acid reflux, diarrhea, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

A sensitivity or intolerance is different than a full-blown allergy, which is more severe. An example of an allergy would be when someone who eats peanuts goes into anaphylactic shock and can’t breathe. I find that most food sensitivities or intolerances, when properly treated, can go away, while severe food allergies typically do not.

What Is the Best Game Plan?

If you are experiencing symptoms of food intolerance or allergies, instead of becoming fixated on foods you think you will never be able to eat again, I suggest trying a 90-day program to remove infection and inflammation from the body to strengthen your immune system. My book The Candida Cure takes you through a 90-day program to remove inflammatory foods that feed infections and also suggests specific nutritional supplements to help detoxify and balance the body.

During the cleanse, you’ll avoid inflammatory foods and beverages such as gluten, dairy, sugars, corn, and alcohol. You’ll also integrate supplements to heal leaky gut as well as herbal antifungals to get rid of yeast overgrowth. Once your gastrointestinal system is balanced and your immune system is stronger, you will find most food sensitivities are not an issue.

Foods That Irritate Most People

Almost everyone is sensitive or allergic to dairy products, with the exception of organic butter and ghee. A small percentage of people might tolerate raw cow’s milk products, but most will do better with small amounts of raw goat or sheep products following a 90-day candida cleanse.

Gluten (proteins found in wheat, barley, kamut, rye, spelt, etc.) is another common allergen. I recommend being on a gluten-free diet whether or not you test positive for gluten on an allergy test and even if you don’t have annoying gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, reflux, constipation, etc. That’s because gluten, which has been hybridized and put into so many foods (sometimes unknown to the person consuming it), is a major inflammatory agent in the body. Be sure to carefully check food labels when buying gluten-free products, as many such products are filled with harmful GMO corn and rice, both of which elevate blood sugar and feed candida.

Eggs can be aggravating to many people, but I find this is mainly because of the conditions in which chickens are raised and what they are being fed. Organic, pasture-raised eggs are ideal.

Reintroducing Foods

After 90 days on a candida cleanse and anti-candida diet, slowly reintroduce the foods and beverages that you were sensitive to-one at a time. Listen to your body. Observe if you react immediately or even within 24 to 48 hours with symptoms likes headaches, hives, itching, sinus congestion, fatigue, low blood sugar, rapid heart rate, etc. If so, stay away from those foods for another 90 days or altogether.

If you continue to have gastrointestinal disturbances after your 90-day program, it might then be worthwhile to take a food allergy test. Because the majority of inflammation and infection will have been removed from your body, what you are allergic to will grossly stand out on an allergy panel.

Final Note

Listen to your body. Once you cleanse, detoxify, strengthen your immune system, and get back into balance, your body will tell you what foods or beverages it likes or doesn’t like.

Announcements

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