Food Allergies: Could they be affecting you?

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You hear it all the time: people complaining of common allergy symptoms. It’s a condition that is rampant amongst children and adults alike as individuals can be affected by allergies at literally any age.  But the type of allergies I’m referring to probably aren’t what you had in mind. I’m talking about food allergies – not the kind of allergies that go hand-in-hand with the changing seasons. With food allergies, one can be suffering year-round with non-stop painful symptoms. In fact, recent studies found that 60 percent of the general population exhibits food allergy symptoms.

What Americans don’t know is that it’s quite common to be completely unaware that it’s actually food allergies causing their irritating symptoms. These symptoms can range from common ones such as constipation, sinusitis, runny nose and fatigue to food allergy symptoms that are less commonly known such as clumsiness, inability to concentrate, nervousness and insomnia. If you are suffering from health problems that can’t seem to be diagnosed, the very next thing you need to look at is food allergies. It’s quite possible you could be among the 60 percent of the population with food allergies, but you or even your physician has yet to pinpoint it.

Oftentimes, people can become allergic to the very foods they eat or are already allergic to these foods, but are completely unaware for reasons such as displaying uncommon symptoms or allergens being hidden in processed foods. In particular, it can be hard to pinpoint food allergies due to the fact the allergen is oftentimes masked as an ingredient in foods you’re frequently consuming whether through

purchasing at the grocery store or ordering out at a restaurant.

For this very reason, we (my medical team at Hotze Health & Wellness Center) now test the seven most common food allergens that are oftentimes hidden in most processed items. These include the following:  wheat, milk, egg, yeast, corn, soy, and coconut.

In addition, we also recognize the value of identifying the type of food allergy a person is affected by. Subsequently, we brought in a new type of food allergy testing, which addresses two types of food allergies: cyclic and delayed allergies.

Cyclic allergies, the most common form of food allergy, accounting for nearly 85 percent of cases, gradually develop from a repetitious diet.  Have you noticed a pattern in your eating habits?  Are you eating the same types of foods numerous times per week?  Do you eat bread at every meal or have the same beverages each day?  If so, you may unknowingly be setting yourself up for food allergies.

With delayed allergies, the food allergy symptoms in many cases may be lessened or eliminated by ingestion of the very food causing the reaction in the first place. This type is often unrecognized because the immediate reaction to the food causes symptoms to improve; however, the negative condition eventually returns until the food is eaten again.

Staff Writer

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