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Food allergies are an abnormal immune system reaction to food. The most widely known food allergies are Immediate Food Allergies (IgE), also known as Type 1 toxic reactions. These are typically easy to identify, with immediate and obvious reactions. As each person’s body chemistry is different, IgE reactions vary, possibly producing skin reactions, digestive problems, or even anaphylactic shock. Type I food allergies occur most commonly in children, but occasionally display in adults as well. The most common allergies include:
If you are suffering from an immediate food allergy, your body will display a change in IgE levels, which can be easily identified by a simple blood or skin test. Here is a list of additional commonalities in relation to immediate food allergies:
A tingling sensation, itching, or a metallic taste in the mouth often precedes an anaphylactic shock. It is important that if you think you are experiencing an anaphylactic shock to see a doctor right away. Symptoms can worsen over several hours, and anaphylaxis can lead to death. Other symptoms of anaphylactic shock include:
Unlike Immediate Food Allergies, the symptoms of Delayed Onset Food Allergies will begin to display after a few hours or days. These are food sensitivities, also known as Type 2 toxic reactions. In the case of delayed onset food allergies, it is very difficult to judge which foods cause which reactions and when, without a laboratory test to identify the problematic foods.
Symptoms of Delayed Onset Food Allergy or food sensitivities include:
For the Immediate Food Allergy (IgE), there are two food allergy tests that people can take to help them make a proper diagnosis:
For the Delayed Food Allergy (IgG), there is one primary test that you are recommended to take:
The first and most important thing to understand about food allergies is that laboratory testing is important. Especially with delayed onset food allergies, self-diagnosing is nearly impossible. You need to get the laboratory testing done so that you know what the real culprit is behind your health problems and how to address that allergy.
One of the most common causes of food sensitivities is Leaky Gut, caused by stress and inflammation. The greatest source of inflammation comes from a poor diet. Snack and “comfort” foods produce an acidic environment.
Acidity = Inflammation
Inflammation = Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal Fatigue=Leaky Gut
Leaky Gut=Food Allergies
Hyperpermeability (Leaky Gut) is thought to be a contributing factor in the development of food sensitivities. The resulting immune activation, hepatic dysfunction, and pancreatic insufficiency set up a vicious cycle. Leaky Gut/Intestinal Permeability is often overlooked.
Take an Intestinal Permeability Test. These tests will check for intestinal leaking. It is a simple urine test you collect at home, and then send in to the lab.