Many people struggle with allergy symptoms while being unsure of the cause. Others may not realize they have food allergies and sensitivities.
Allergies can come and go. Some allergies slowly develop over time.
What exactly is a food allergy? It’s an immune response to food.
Your immune system perceives the food as a threat and mounts a defense. The immune system causes swelling, mucus production, and in severe cases death.
Most food allergies revolve around fish, nuts/seeds, grains, vegetables, and fruit.
I have yet to meet any person with a chicken or steak allergy.
Every food that comes from the Earth has poisonous toxins. These poisons are the plant’s defense system.
Not all these poisons have the same level of effect on humans. There are factors like dosing and your immune system health that play vital roles.
These toxins also block absorption of other vital nutrients. For example, most grains and vegetables can block iron and essential fats.
So what’s the absolute best way to test for allergies?
The best way is to reduce your food intake to one to three foods you know don’t cause any issues for you.
Typically I’ll recommend you start with beef, chicken, or turkey.
Give yourself 3-5 days of only consuming these meats. That will be enough time to eliminate any foods already in your digestive tract.
From there you can add one food at a time and see how you react.
WHY IS THIS THE BEST WAY?
This the best and easiest way to test for allergies because you can isolate different foods and observe your response.
Most doctors recommend eating your regular diet and just eliminating one food at a time. The problem with that approach is you likely have multiple allergies. It’s not very accurate.
Once you’ve gotten down to the 2 or 3 foods that don’t cause an adverse reaction, you’ll start feeling much better.
Once you try introducing an old food pay attention to your digestion, energy levels, workout performance, and sleep.
Be observant of your skin. It’s very common for acne and other skin conditions to go away once you eliminate plant-based foods.
If your digestion slows, becomes uncomfortable, or causes an increase in gas, then it’s likely food your body does not like.
Also, it’s not a good sign if you feel drowsy, get a headache or have disrupted sleep.
After trying this strategy, most people find that food they’ve consumed for years is causing issues they never realized.
Most find they feel so much better they keep their diet limited to just a few different foods. That may sound boring or unrealistic, but when you feel great, those worries go away.
SOME THOUGHTS ON DOING CLEANSES
What about doing cleanses for allergies and overall health?
Cleanses can be great. The best way to cleanse the body is by fasting. If you need some food during a fast, I recommend drinking bone broth or soup stock. That’s it.
Medical tests have found long-term fasts to resolve many chronic health problems.
I don’t recommend cleanses full of supplements, vegetables, or grains.
In the past, I recommended lots of supplements and cleansed programs, but further education and experience have changed my mind.
Why? As I mentioned, earlier plants contain toxins. And, even organic plants have pesticides.
AND, a nice bonus to this approach in testing for allergies is you will burn more fat.
– Jeff Grosskopf, DC