Learn about food allergies and sensitivities and how to prevent them. Hosted by Heather Caruso.
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Hi! My name is Heather Caruso and I am a homeopath from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. I wanted to talk a little bit about food sensitivities and food allergies. Can they be making you sick? Many people have food sensitivities and they continue to consume the foods that they are sensitive to, because they are having difficulty finding out what is really their triggers? First of all, a food allergy is a full-blown immune reaction where one can detect an immune complex in the blood. A food sensitivity is more subtle and less often, it causes problems like anaphylaxis but it can cause a number of other symptoms. Hidden food allergies can cause things like acne, chronic sinusitis, ADHD, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, insomnia, depression, rashes, the list goes on and on what different food sensitivities can cause. It's a good idea to figure out what your triggers are? Ways that you can test for food sensitivities are to do; you can do an electro-dermal screening which challenges an acupuncture point, an allergy acupuncture point against certain foods. You can see if that would be a sensitivity for you, if you should stay clear of it. There are some blood tests that you can do to detect food allergies and sensitivities. And as well, you can also do a food challenge test. In my book called 'Your Drug-Free Guide to Digestive Health', it has a full chapter dedicated to food sensitivities and allergies. And it has a checklist that you can go through to plot what symptoms you have and then when you eliminate one food at a time, you can recheck after a few days. This food challenge test is all laid out in the book, if you are interested in more information about it. Possible causes of food sensitivities are things like enzyme deficiencies. You might not have the proper enzymes to break down the food that you are eating. For example, lactose intolerance is a food sensitivity. It's not a full-blown allergy. It doesn't cause anaphylactic shock in people. It usually is a digestive problem. Also, you are not eating foods given the irritating reaction. So for example, if you drink too much coffee, your stomach will get upset, of course. You might get diarrhea, you might get heartburn. Spicy foods might aggravate you; make you go to the bathroom more often and that sort of thing. Another cause can be hereditary. Some people inherit a lack of enzymes from family members. Some people can't break down lactose products. It can be biologically based. As well as I've mentioned in some of my other videos, the gut-flora is really important to breaking down foods. There's always a balance of good and bad bacteria in your intestinal tract and if this bad bacteria overgrows, it affects your immune system negatively. It also can irritate the lining of your intestinal tracts, so that you have more inflammation there. So when foods come through to be digested, your intestinal tract is already brawled up, and then a lot of other foods that might not be true allergies or sensitivities might bother you, only because you have too much bad bacteria in your gut. There's things that you can do to help improve that and there's also tests you can do to see what kind of bowel flora you have. You can go to my website at www.carusohomeopathy.com to get more information on tests and things that you can do at the clinic. Another cause of food sensitivities is an over-consumption of certain foods. If you eat particular foods too much, which is usually things like wheat and dairy products, some people have a certain load that they can tolerate. It's called a toxic load. If you have a lot of toxins built up in your system, it's like a bucket. Once the toxins get to the top, the symptoms start to spill over from this bucket. If you can empty the bucket out, detoxify, help with your elimination and detoxify your liver, a lot of times food sensitivities don't bother you. Actually, allergies in general improve when you detoxify it in some cases. It just depends on your par