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Keys to Understanding Food Sensitivities

by Joseph S. Gulyas

Most people would say that they eat well, but still do not understand why symptoms like brain fog, upset stomach or leg cramps continue. Although many of these people may be eating better than they did in the past, the concern is that food sensitivities may be a persistent problem. They cause an inflammatory process which can continue to build into a full range of signs and symptoms to send patients to urgent care centers and hospitals across the country.

True celiac disease is less common than one may think, but sensitivity to food items like dairy, corn or soy haunt many people on a daily basis. The problem is compounded by several issues. The first is that the food industry is not always clear on product labeling, particularly when it comes to food additives. Even the most seasoned label reader can be tricked by the fine print and renaming of food additives like high-fructose corn syrup.

The next issue is people thinking that if they identify their own food sensitivity and avoid it for a few days, that they should be completely symptom-free by the end of the week. There are several steps to actually detoxing the body which take time and require the assistance of particular enzymes and trace minerals. Most people already understand that zinc is an important player within the immune system, but few may recognize the fact that zinc plays an even larger role in the process of liver detoxification. The liver is important for many functions, but is critical as the body’s recycling center.

Another key to understanding food sensitivity is that the culprit is not always one target food or food additive, but is more of a “perfect storm” of several items that continue to feed an inflammatory process. There is no one medication or supplement that will resolve the issue of food sensitivity.

The key to understanding food sensitivity is to consult a qualified and experienced holistic health provider that can walk a patient through the blood work, system survey and diet history to truly investigate the problem and map out a 10-to-12-week transformation to identify and clean up the problems of sensitivity to particular foods. It is important to note that symptoms can resolve quickly, but it may take six or eight weeks to truly cleanse the body of the toxins from food sensitivities.

Lastly, it is possible that when done correctly with an experienced health practitioner that understands food sensitivities, they can be completely overcome.

A veteran of holistic healthcare, Dr. Joseph S. Gulyas is the founder and director of Northeast Spine & Wellness, with two offices at 1741 Rte. 9, in Clifton Park; and 1873 Western Ave., in Albany. For appointments, call 518-371-4800. For more information, visit DrGulyas.com.

This article appeared in the March 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine. Click to read more.