What is a Food Allergy?
A food allergy is an immune system response to a food that the body considers harmful. Once an individual’s immune system decides that a particular food is harmful, it will create specific antibodies to that food. So, the next time an individual eats that particular food, the immune system will release large amounts of chemicals that will trigger a cascade of allergic symptoms that can affect the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin or cardiovascular system. There are also food sensitivities that cause less severe reactions such as gas, bloating or indigestion. Why do we care about food sensitivities if they are not life threatening? The answer is INFLAMMATION. Inflammation is the start of all disease processes. Why would you want to eat foods that keep your body in constant state of inflammation?
Our bodies react to harmful foods by experiencing a host of symptoms, including:
- Abdominal Cramps
Symptoms usually appear within two minutes to two hours of eating the harmful food for allergies. For sensitivities, less severe symptoms can occur up to three days after eating harmful food.
Food Allergy Testing
Dr. Miskell believes that food allergies usually go undiagnosed but are often the root cause of why we feel unwell. At Focus Total Health, we offer Alletess. Alletess is a well respected lab that can screen for food sensitivities and Candida.
Nutritional Counseling Included
Once the blood test results are back from the lab, Dr. Miskell’s team will work closely with patients to explain and educate them about their body’s own food tolerances and help them embark on an eating plan that will help them feel and be well again.
Please call us today to schedule a consultation at 210-305-5075.