Three Types of Reactions to Food

Posted by Colleen

Did you know that there are 3 types of reactions to food in which your immune system accidentally identifies the protein of that food and thinks it’s an enemy and attacks it?

A quote by Hippocrates “let food be thy medicine” I believe it’s true but sometimes a food we are eating can cause symptoms, worsen inflammation and end up making us feel bad.

The first type of reaction is the autoimmune response that can cause a lot of different symptoms and possible damage, as in celiac disease.

The second type is immediate the IgE, hypersensitivity immune response or food allergy, as in peanuts.

The third type is the delayed IgG and IgA response known as a food sensitivity or intolerance.  In this response it is more difficult to pin point exactly what foods are causing what reaction in the body because symptoms may not show up for hours or days after eating the food.

Why this is important to be aware of? Eating the same foods day after day can cause chronic inflammation in your body. Here are some symptoms of food sensitivity/intolerance; weight gain, bloating, gas, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, brain fog, itching, skin issues, congestion, constipation and diarrhea.

There are tests that can be performed at your doctor’s office for the above mentioned responses.  These tests can be used as a tool, a guideline to better health.

I will be posting a weekly “product spotlight” on different products that I have tried which may help people that are avoiding or  limiting their consumption of a certain food.

I have no affiliation with any of the companies and their products I spotlight.

 

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