A few months ago, I was diagnosed with a few food allergies. I had an inclination that I was reacting to something that I was eating for quite some time, but for some reason or another I kept thinking it was something else and delayed getting an allergy test done. It didn’t help that my mainstream doctors didn’t think food could cause me to have such ailments as sinus infections, headaches, bloating or fatigue. When I asked my allergy doctor if diary could cause me to produce more mucous, she looked at me like I was crazy.
I had seen naturopathic doctor when I had a bout of adrenal fatigue–again something that my general practioner had overlooked, and went back and asked for a food allergy test. At the time I had already cut out gluten, diary, and white sugar from my diet and thought that would take care of anything I could be allergic to, but I still had a nagging feeling that there may be something else.
It turns out that I am allergic to yeast (both baker’s and brewer’s), eggs, and diary. While, I wasn’t too surprised about being allergic yeast and diary–I was shocked about the eggs, because I would include a hard boiled egg in my breakfast or salad at lunch almost everyday! However, once I received the results of my allergy test, it dawned on me that I would feel a general malaise whenever I ate eggs. I remembered standing at the salad bar at work, thinking to myself, “maybe I should skip an egg and get something else,” but would override my feelings and say that eggs are good protein and get it anyway.
I think this goes to show that ultimately we need to listen to our inner knowing about what is best for us even if it doesn’t make sense rationally.
If you think that you might be allergic to something, it’s worth getting checked out. I did an IgG test from Immuno Laboratories, which measures the level of a certain type of antibodies produced in response to different foods. The IgG antibodies are protect against bacterial or viral infections. When you eat something you are allergic to, your body views it as a toxin will produce these antibodies to protect itself.
According to Immuno Laboratories website, “95% of the people we’ve tested show that one or more foods they regularly eat cause a toxic reaction in their body”–that’s really high! So certain foods that may be dubbed as ‘healthy’ (diary, whole grains, egg whites) can actually be wreaking havoc and causing inflammation.
It’s been a few months since I’ve found out what I’m allergic too and have cut those foods out of my diet, I can happily report that I’m feeling a lot better these days (I’ve even lost a few lbs!). If you think that you may have food allergies or react when you eat certain foods, it may be worth considering talking to your doctor about getting a test done.