Are Food Sensitivities to Blame?

Do you suffer from any of the following?

  • Skin issues like dryness, itching, acne, eczema, or psoriasis

  • Stubborn weight that doesn't seem to budge even while eating healthy/exercising

  • Crippling fatigue or exhaustion even after 8+ hours of sleep?

  • Gastrointestinal issues, bloating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea or IBS

  • Hormonal issues

  • Blood sugar stability problems

  • Bronchitis and Asthma symptoms

  • Mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, behavioral issues or brain fog. 

  • Joint pain, muscle stiffness and swelling

  • Headaches or migraines

Did you know that allergies or food sensitivities may be to blame? Most of us think of allergies in the traditional sense- hives, rashes, dry eyes congestion and runny nose. What most people don't realize is that sensitivities to food can also surface in the form of anxiety, depression, joint pain, asthma, acne, bad breath, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, brain fog, hyperactivity, puffy eyes and face and even stubborn weight.

When the body reacts to a certain food, antibody-antigen complexes are created and can cause unwanted inflammation. For example this inflammation can lead to fluid retention affecting weight gain. One way the body tries to naturally fight this inflammation the body releases a chemical called ghrelin which also is an appetite stimulant. Thus IgG food reactions may contribute to weight gain in two ways, through fluid retention and increased appetite. 

When these antibody-antigen complexes are deposited in nervous system tissue, they may contribute to hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate and other mood disorders. There has been some evidence that eliminating IgG food antigens improves attentiveness in children. 

Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn's disease have also been linked to IgG food reactions as well.  Research has shown by removing certain trigger foods most people can alleviate their IBS symptoms. 

It's important to figure out if a reaction is due to an allergy, an intolerance or is due to other factors such as histamine intolerance or digestive enzyme deficiencies. If you've experienced an anaphylactic reaction (itchy throat, swelling, difficulty breathing, hives) following exposure to food, it's important to make an appointment to see your doctor. They can prescribe life saving medications to help protect you from future reactions.

Unsure of what you're sensitive to, or simply need some guidance?

If you would like to get tested for food sensitivities, need help transitioning to a new diet, or simply want to learn some new recipes to shake up your routine I would love to work with you! I am able to offer my clients Nutritional and Lifestyle Counseling, Meal Plans, Cooking Lessons, Grocery Store Tours & more!

Please feel free to contact me at or book an appointment through the contact page.

Wishing you health and happiness,

The Allergic Nutritionist

Breanne Mifflin, R.H.N., NNCP Registered Holistic Nutritionist Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner

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