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Food Sensitivities and Immune Intolerance in  O’Fallon

hand heart on stomachIf you have health problems you can’t explain, a food allergy or sensitivity could be to blame. Functional medicine takes a holistic look at everything happening in your body to figure out the root cause of issues.

Food allergies and sensitivities are far more common than most people think. They’re often hard to recognize because they can be delayed and lead to a wide range of unexpected symptoms. Signs that you may have a reaction to foods include:

  • Acne
  • Oily skin
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain

Tackling Health Problems at the Source

The easiest way to determine what may be causing symptoms is to start with a 21-day elimination diet. We’ll have you stop eating the most commonly problematic foods: gluten and wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, shellfish, peanuts, and corn. While this restrictive diet does require effort and dedication, it can give an extremely clear picture of which foods may be affecting your health.

Next, our practitioner will guide you as you slowly reintroduce each of these foods one at a time. For example, you might start by adding eggs back into your diet. On the first day, you would eat two to three servings of eggs, then wait two days without eating any more eggs while monitoring any delayed symptoms.

This elimination diet is the gold standard way to determine which foods are leading to your symptoms. Food allergy and sensitivity testing can be expensive and doesn’t always reflect real-life expression.

Build Up Better Immune Function

In addition to helping you find a food plan that’s right for your body, we may also recommend supplemental immune system support to help your body counteract negative reactions to food and the environment. One example of a natural botanical we commonly use is quercetin. This compound found in apple skin, red/purple onions, and various other plant foods improves your immune tolerance to food and environmental allergens.

It’s best to combine this supplement with an elimination diet. Patients who identify and remove problematic foods generally see the best results.

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Food Sensitivities and Immune Intolerance O’Fallon MO | (636) 978-5511