Inflammation is thought to be at the root of most diseases. Auto-Immune diseases are inappropriate inflammation; heart disease, arthritis diabetes and chronic pain are tied to inflammation. Recent theories say that cancer is as well. Mothers with higher levels of inflammation are more likely to have autistic children. Anxiety, depression and obviously diseases like IBS and Ulcerative Colitis are all improved when inflammation levels are lowered.
Herbal medicines like ginger and turmeric and fish oils and other essential fatty acids can help lower inflammation in the body. If you are consistently adding to inflammation, however, you are simply pouring gasoline on a fire while trying to put it out.
I suffer from chronic pain due to old injuries, this past Spring it became so bad that I was worried about the later years of my life and whether I would be incapacitated. Instead of letting pain become a constant fixture in my life, I ran a food sensitivity test on myself to see what foods I was eating that were adding to my discomfort and inflammation. The results were not what I expected. I was sensitive to coffee AND chocolate, pears, cinnamon, cauliflower and coconut just to name a few. At first I rebelled, there was no way I was sensitive to coffee and chocolate, I ate them every day! Dr. Weitman convinced me to take the major offenders out of my diet for two weeks and just see how I felt. Happily, I didn’t honestly notice a difference, and after that short time I had chocolate. Almost immediately, the back of my neck became inflamed and I got a tension headache. I thought this was an interesting coincidence, and chalked it up to how I had been on the computer all day. Each time I challenged with chocolate, my pain levels increased drastically. Each food I was sensitive to noticeably increased my pain, even if I really didn’t want them to. We had a turkey dinner, and the next day my pain levels were back up around 8/10. I even took out coffee, which I have been known for being powered by, because, when I started paying attention, I realized that it made me nauseous.
The test we run is by Cell Science Systems, and is called the ALCAT test. You may choose to run panels including 100, 150 or 200 foods. For children we often run sensitivities to colorings and preservatives, as those have been shown to increase ADD/ADHD and autism symptoms. You can take out common allergens like wheat/gluten and dairy, but you may be continuing to eat foods that are even worse for you. By testing, you are able to see how your individual cells react to different foods. For example, I am not allergic to gluten or dairy, but I can’t have cauliflower or pears, things you would normally think would be healthy.
Of all the tests we run, this may be my new favorite because I have seen such a drastic improvement in my own health. Getting an idea of what foods are adding to your inflammation can help your whole body, from clearing up hormone imbalances and skin issues, to aiding in weight loss and athletic performance, lessening chronic pain and neurological conditions.
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