Allergies are more common these days in children as well as adults. More people are experiencing digestive problems, skin rashes, constipation, fatigue, dry skin, etc. The most challenging part is determining what you are reacting to. Is it one thing? Multiple things? Is it foods or Environmental chemicals? The list goes on and on.
Most of the time, people have a pretty good idea about what they might be reacting to, however it can go much deeper. Food preservatives are in almost everything. There are several preservatives that most people are not familiar with such as: sulfites, EDTA, BHT, BHA, nitrates, flavorings, etc. It is possible that you can be reacting to one or many of these things.
Another common allergy/sensitivity is to toiletries. Many people can be sensitive to their shampoo, soap, shave gel and not even realize it. Many companies are now using multiple different chemicals and preservatives. Unless you experience an apparent symptom almost immediately people assume that they are ok and that they can tolerate something well. Most of the time the side effects are not so obvious and show up one to three days later. They can show up as a headache, eczema, thyroid issues, tonsils/lymph swelling, etc. It can be difficult to pinpoint what the problem is and so it continues to be a nagging problem.
Blood testing can be done to test the severity of the immune systems response to allergens. Knowing what you are allergic to is incredibly helpful and knowing how bad the allergy is can be just as important. Our test covers 85 foods and the expanded panel covers and additional 80. We use Meridian Valley labs for the testing and the test is an IgG/IgA immune response.
Once you know what you’re reacting to…avoid it! If you can avoid the allergens for a full year and retest, you may not be allergic anymore. We have had patients lose 30lbs from not eating foods they are allergic to and we have seen Auto-Immune symptoms decrease as well. Call today to get your test done!