Food Intolerance or Allergy

Image“Stop Feeling Sick” was the title of an article I read recently.  It was basically about ‘How to Sleuth Out a Food Intolerance or Allergy — and Return to Full Health’.

The human body is a magnificent machine–with intelligence–not just from the brain in your head but the brain in your Gastrointestinal Tract.  [They are connected–believe it or not!

Are you more concerned with the symptoms you are experiencing rather than wanting to get to the cause of your health issues.  The answer is simple:  What’s on your plate? what do you consume?  Where you need to look for most of your health problems that arise is right there in front of you.

For example:  You have recently eaten at a restaurant, and later on that evening or even most of the next day, you are experiencing a migraine headache with most or all of the classic symptoms:  pain behind one eye, noise bothers you, light bothers you,  and you feel nauseated.  Your immediate response is to grab some medicine to ease the pain.   What if, the next time you write down what you ate, and watch for those symptoms again and repeat the process?  But is that the answer?  Partially!  You need to be proactive and pay attention to what is causing this type of reaction so that you can avoid that particular food or it’s ingredients.

Does your stomach get upset or do you have sinus congestion often after you eat?  Do you have asthma attacks, feel dizzy or just don’t feel right?  Do you ever get pneumonia and can’t seem to shake it?  Do you experience diarrhea often or irritable bowel syndrome?

It is no fun being sick or having to postpone an activity you were looking forward to, right?

Most Common Offenders Are:


Shellfish – shrimp, crayfish, lobster and crab


Tree nuts

Fish such as salmon


Wheat and other gluten-containing grains

Sugar found in fruits and honey

Dairy products

Corn products

[Source is National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, American Gastroenterological Society]

What You Can Do:

If you suspect certain foods are ‘hijacking’ your health, it’s important for your long-term health and wellness to contact one of our personal health consultants.  He can help you find out what foods trigger a reaction by doing a personalized, computerized health analysis.  Call Healthy Life Institute for a consultation at 801-358-4777.

If you live in Utah, along the Wasatch Front, we hold “free” healthy lifestyle workshops to keep people like you informed.  These workshops are currently being held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at our clinic.  It just so happens that our next topic “The Gut-Brain Connection – Dysbiosis” is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Next, avoid those foods that cause havoc on your body.  Keep your eye on the labels of such foods as flours, syrups, sugars, prepackaged foods.  Remember, continued exposure can cause chronic GI Inflammation and long-term problems such as Autoimmune disorders where your body attacks itself causing you great discomfort.

Finally, ask your favorite restaurants for a list of their ingredients so you can avoid those foods that cause problems.

Source:  Excerpts from “Stop Feeling Sick!”, Delicious Living, May 2013, p 30-3