Taking Charge of Your Health

Hello and welcome back. Let’s talk about food sensitivities. For most people making dietary changes can have a tremendous impact on their overall health. I have seen thousands of patients with many different medical conditions including: Rheumatoid arthritis, chronic constipation, chronic headaches, improve by determining food sensitivities and eliminating those from their diet. Now, traditionally doing an elimination diet involved a long process of guessing which foods were the problems and eliminating those foods one by one. But with food sensitivity testing, which is a simple blood test, you can see which foods your immune system is reacting to and then form an elimination diet based upon that information. It’s a lot faster and a lot more accurate. Now the type of reaction we’re testing for in a food sensitivity test is called an IgG reaction. Meaning whenever your immune system comes into contact with “things” that it thinks are foreign it will mount an attack against them with these antibodies called IgG antibodies. IgG antibodies are indicative of a chronic type of reaction. Meaning if you ate a piece of wheat and you have an IgG sensitivity to wheat, then your body’s going to make IgG antibodies to it and those will remain elevated for a long period of time. About 2 weeks. There’s another type of reaction to foods called IgE reactions and those are more of food allergies. An IgE reaction is typically more of an acute reaction and more… could be life threatening for example an IgE reaction could give you analphylaxis so if somebody had and IgE allergy to peanuts and they at some peanuts they might immediately get their throat closed up and they’re going to be rushed to the hospital. We’re talking about food sensitivities which are IgG reactions. Why are people sensitive to foods in the first place? It’s thought that maybe since for the most of human evolution that we have had a diet that is based on the changes of the seasons and so throughout the year we would have had a more of a variety of foods that we’re eating and the next season would change and you would change to a different variety of foods. But now because foods are available year round that we tend to eat the same type of foods over and over again without changing them from season to season. And what happens is the immune system starts to make antibodies, IgG antibodies to these foods Now, a food sensitivity result test will show you which foods that you are sensitive to but that doesn’t necessarily tell you that that specific food is causing your problem. In order to know that you have to do an elimination for a good amount of time. So with that said let’s take a look at an actual food sensitivity report. On this particular test, 184 foods have been tested. and this report breaks down each foods into their respective categories. Going down the list you could see foods highlighted in red. These are the foods that this person’s immune system has reacted to. And how bad the reaction is, is listed under “Class” with 1 being the lowest and 3 being the highest. It’s important to note that not all of these foods in red are likely causing all of their health problems. In order to know if these foods are actually causing the health problems it must be eliminated from the diet. So with these results we could put together a finely-tuned elimination diet. Generally my patients will avoid all “Class 2” and “Class 3” food sensitivities for 2 months. I usually tell them they could continue eating “Class 1” food sensitivities, but only 1 serving every other day. In most cases, which foods to avoid are specific to each patient. For example, in this patient’s case I have them avoid all gluten, gluten containing grains, all dairy and all “Class 2” and “Class 3” food sensitivities. In addition, I will recommend that all non-reactive beans be pressure cooked considering they reacted to so many in the “Legumes & Pulses” category…as well as green beans. If any of the foods are actually causing the health problems, then the patient should feel relief after about 2-4 weeks of eliminating them. After 2 months on the elimination diet, if the patient is feeling better and their symptoms have resolved then we’ll start to add foods back in. So typically we’ll add back in the “Class 2’s” and “Class 3’s” And the patient could eat 1 serving every couple days. So, for example in this patient’s case, they had a high sensitivity to [GLUTEN!!!] [Dramatic music plays] Well, if after 2 month they’re feeling better after eliminating it. Their immune system has calmed down. The gut has healed up. We could start adding gluten back in and maybe the can have it on Mondays and Thursdays. Only 1 serving a day and never eat any of these foods more than 2 days in a row. For about 85% of my patients who I do this test on and who come up with actual food sensitivities, they see some relief in their symptoms. So the food sensitivity test is a great way to streamline your elimination diet. Thanks for watching the video. If you liked it, consider giving it a thumbs up. I put out new videos every week so be sure to subscribe so you will be notified when the videos come out. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next time. [Mellow music plays]

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