Imagine, eating all the “right” things, following all the instructions of every diet book and health guru you come in contact with and still feeling horrible.
In fact, maybe you don’t have to imagine. Maybe you can identify with trying every new diet, supplement, treatment, therapy and gizmo in an effort to regain your health… only to find yourself treading water!
Unfortunately this is the reality for millions of Americans struggling with food intolerances today. Being diligent about your diet, your exercise and your health will do you no good if you are being poisoned daily.
Could your “healthy” diet be making you fat, sick and tired???
We know that enough people fail on enough diets to see that what’s healthy for one person is not necessarily good for the next.
Changes to our food supply, overabundance, chemical proliferation, antibiotics and other developments have created an environment where many people now “react” to otherwise healthy foods – and not in a good way. When this occurs, foods as innocuous and as common as apples or olives can cause chronic and systemic inflammation throughout the body.
In the past (and still!) many means of food intolerance testing relied on complicated, unreliable methods. The truth is that the mechanisms that underly food intolerances are many and varied. This is why some tests are unreliable. Luckily, no matter what mechanism of food intolerance is present, there is one common denominator: inflammation!
Inflammation is at the heart of many chronic health conditions from acne to heart disease to weight gain.
It is now widely recognized that inflammation is at the heart of many chronic health conditions from acne to heart disease to weight gain. The specific pathways towards inflammation may vary but the end result of inflammation is unmistakable.
Reliable food intolerance testing does not try to examine any particular pathway for signs of intolerance. Instead, the disastrous end result – inflammation – can be measured against exposure to certain compounds in foods and food additives giving us definitive answers to our long-standing health problems.
Common Conditions Associated With Food Intolerances:
- Inability to Gain/Lose Weight
- Gut and GI Disorders
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Chron’s Disease-Like Symptoms
- Stomach Pain, Ulcers, GERD (Acid Refulx)
- Skin problems
- Chronic Fatigue
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
- Learning Disabilities / ADD / ADHD
- And More…
You may have seen certain diets marketed as being “good” for certain conditions.There is The Perricone Prescription for healthy skin, The Atkin’s Diet for weight loss, diets for IBS and ADD and Crohn’s. A common denominator in all of these plans is that they aim to reduce inflammation. This is of course, great… in theory. The problem is that they do not work for everyone. In certain cases, you don’t need a diet that can reduce inflammation, you need the diet that will quash it completely for you!
This brings us to another point…
How do you know if a diet is working for you?
Most of the time all you have to go by is how you feel.
If your symptoms subside you must be getting better, right?
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Bringing inflammation down to sub-threshold levels may alleviate symptoms as long as you are stringent in your behavior but this can leave you perilously close to the threshold of illness.
Think about it, how many times have your symptoms caught you by surprise – sometimes magically going away for periods of time and then suddenly coming back with a vengeance when you least expect it (and always at the worst time)!
Why does this happen? Obviously there is a trigger. One of the greatest benefits of food intolerance testing is not just finding out which foods you are reactive towards. It is finding your safe foods!
One of the greatest benefits of food intolerance testing is….finding your safe foods!
Bad reactions to the things we eat and drink can sometimes take days before they cause symptoms! The times in your life when you seemed to get sick “out of nowhere” were not without cause. It’s just that until now you were unable to find a direct link between symptoms and behavior! Knowing your safe foods allows your body a chance to heal the gut lining so that in the future you may be able to enjoy these foods again, in moderation and under your own control.