Hidden Food

ALLERGIES

Could You Have a Hidden Food Allergy, Sensitivity, or Intolerance?

When most people think of allergies they picture symptoms such as a runny nose, breaking out in hives, sneezing, and congestion.   While these types of allergies exist, they are most commonly related to airborne allergies and are rarely related to hidden food allergies/sensitivities.       

 

But did you know that weight gain, headaches, fatigue, brain fog, skin irritations, joint pain, abdominal bloating, and IBS (just to name a few), could be caused by a hidden food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances?

 

Over the past 18 years, I have been educating people on the importance discovering and eliminating their hidden food allergies, and I can honestly that this can be one of the biggest life-changing events in anyone’s health and well-being.  It just might be the life-changing event you have been searching for.

Food allergy, food sensitivity, or food intolerance are all terms that people use to describe adverse reactions to food.  While these terms are often used interchangeably, technically they describe three different types of reactions to food that have a negative impact on physical and mental health.

 

True Food Allergy -  Also known as a type- I hypersensitivity ( IgE or immunoglobulin E) is an immediate immune response to a foreign substance that has entered the body.  True Food Allergies can cause serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, hives, swelling, and anaphylactic shock. It's estimated that true food allergies only affect about 4% of the population. If you have an IgE allergy, you probably already know it because of the severe symptoms. Examples of most common allergens include peanuts, nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, wheat, and soy.  


Food Sensitivities – This takes place when your body has a less severe non-IgE immune response to a specific food. Offending foods are recognized by the body and prompt an immune response that releases IgG antibodies and/or a myriad of biochemical mediators into the bloodstream. This can cause inflammation of the gut or joints. It is estimated that over 80 percent of the population have undiagnosed food sensitivities. Symptoms include weight gain, joint soreness, fatigue, bloating, mood disorders, skin irritations, digestive disorders, IBS, dark circles under the eyes, headache (just to name a few).  Symptoms can be hard to detect and can occur from 1 hour to 3 days after consuming an offending food. Most common offending foods include wheat/gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, tomatoes (nightshades), corn, peanuts, and shellfish.  A good book to read on this subject is called Your Hidden Food Allergies are Making you Fat by Roger Deutsch and Rudy Rivera, M.D.

 

Food Intolerances - A food intolerance involves the digestive system and occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food, while food allergies and sensitivities involve the immune system.  A food intolerance can cause intestinal gas, abdominal pain or diarrhea. The most common are lactose intolerance--when a person lacks enough enzymes to digest lactose (milk sugar). People with a lactose intolerance experience symptoms of gas, bloating, and/or diarrhea after drinking milk or consuming foods that contain dairy products. Quite simply, when food can't be fully digested, it sits in the gut where microorganisms feed on the undigested food and produce bloating intestinal pain, and flatulence. Additionally, because the undigested food has a high osmolality, the body attempts to dilute it by drawing water into the digestive tract, subsequently resulting in loose stool or diarrhea.

Most Common Food Allergies & Food Sensitivities

While it is possible to have hidden food allergies/sensitivities to any food, these are some of the most common offending foods:

  • Gluten

  • Wheat

  • Dairy

  • Eggs​​

  • Apples

  • Corn

  • Sugar

  • Peanuts

  • ​​​Soy

  • Shrimp

  • Beef

  • Tomatoes/night shades​

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How Hidden Food Allergies Effect Physical Health

If you have a hidden food allergy/ sensitivity to a particular food, it can cause a wide variety of physical symptoms which may include some of the following and more:

  • Fatigue

  • Joint pain

  • Weight gain

  • Headaches

  • Asthma

  • Irritated eyes

  • Achy body

  • Arthritis pain

  • Heart palpitations

  • heart murmur

  • fibromyalgia

  • indigestion

  • heartburn

  • IBS​

  • diarrhea

  • constipation

  • skin irritation

  • acne​

  • rosacea

  • chronic pain

  • inflammation

  • earaches

  • gallbladder problems

  • sinus congestion

  • restless leg syndrome

  • insomnia

  • autoimmune disorders

How Hidden Food Allergies Effect Mental Health

Unfortunately, It is not only our physical body that is affected by hidden food allergies/sensitivities, but our mental health could be affected as well.  If you have a hidden allergy/sensitivity/intolerance to a particular food, it can cause a wide variety of mental problems which may include some of the following and more:If you have a hidden food allergy/ sensitivity to a particular food, it can cause a wide variety of physical symptoms which may include some of the following and more:

  • ADHD

  • ADD

  • Irritability

  • Mood problems

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Aggression

  • Violence

  • Temper tantrums

  • Hyperactivity

  • Poor memory & concentration

Are Your Hidden Food Allergies Making You Fat?

Are you one of those people who can't keep the weight off no matter what you do? Have you tried exercise, diets, doctors, and drugs—all to no avail?  You could be suffering from a hidden food allergy.

In this video you'll learn how hidden food allergies to everyday foods can cause inflammation in the gut which can lead to weight gain and obesity.

In this book, you'll learn about a scientifically verified hidden food allergy & sensitivity test that can change your life. 

How Do You Know if You Have Hidden Food Allergies or Sensitivities?

Besides experiencing the Physical and Mental symptoms listed below, one rule to follow is that you will crave your hidden food allergies/sensitivities.  For example, you may say, “I just love this food” or you may say, “ I can give up any food except for this food”. Chances are the food that you “love” or you “just can’t give up” is the food that you may have the worst hidden allergy/sensitivity to.    

Why is this you ask?  This may be confusing because after eating a food you crave, you may initially feel good and almost high, but then after the initial positive response, the negative symptoms of low energy occur, and then your craving for the food may return for another attempted energy boost and high

So why is this? When you eat a food that you crave and have a hidden allergy/sensitivity to, your body’s immune system kicks into the “fight or flight mode” much like the immune system would kick in to fight a common infection.  When this “fight or flight mode” kicks in, there is an adrenalin rush that accompanies.  This adrenalin rush is much like the rush you’d experience after riding a roller coaster. This rush may make you think “wow, this food makes me feel good”, where in reality, your body’s immune system is fighting this food.  This immune response to the offending food is actually causing inflammation and damaging the gut which can eventually lead to chronic health problems.

So ask yourself, do you crave specific foods in the same way an alcoholic or drug addict craves alcohol and/or drugs?  If so, then you probably have hidden food allergies/sensitivities to those foods. It must be noted, just because you don’t have a craving for a certain food doesn’t mean that you don’t have a hidden allergy or sensitivity to that food.

Hidden Food Sensitivities an Athletes Kryptonite

75% of your results in the gym or on the playing field is diet related. This means that 25% of your results are due to your physical training. Consuming healthy food and supplements is one thing, but eating in accordance with your own, unique, genetically determined biochemical makeup, is quite another thing. 

 

One man’s meat is another man’s poison.  Finding out what foods and supplements are right (and which are wrong) for you, is the key to optimum health and performance. 

 

Foods and supplements that are compatible with your genetic makeup and are harmonious with your body will increase your strength, energy and will shorten recovery time. To improve your performance, it’s not a matter of how hard you train, but it is a matter of how fast your recovery from your training. The faster that you can recover, the harder you can train, and the faster you can blow past your plateaus.  Consumption of hidden food allergies/sensitivities can result in increased inflammation, increased fat gain, poor concentration, poor coordination, fatigue, slow recovery time, muscle soreness, injuries, and cramps (just to name a few).  Food sensitivities produce an excess of free radicals and inflammatory chemicals. The damage can result in a wide range of health problems.  

How Hidden Food Allergies Affect Athletes and Physical Performance

Star Quarterback Drew Brees Talks Food Allergies

"Everything I do as an athlete, I think about maximizing performance. So anything I put in my body, I think about how’s this going to help me perform at the highest level?  And, how’s it going to help me recover the fastest?  If you have an allergy to certain types of food and you are putting those into your body, your body is constantly fighting those foods as opposed to repairing muscle and helping you with recovery or performance.

How Hidden Food Allergies Affect an Athletes Performance

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