Food allergies and sensitivities are well-known medical conditions that affect millions of people worldwide.
While there is no single cause responsible for their development, there are a variety of factors which can affect the immune and digestive systems negatively, provoking reactions which in turn cause allergies and sensitivities to form.
These driving forces include:
Left untreated, a food allergy or sensitivity can trigger inflammatory reactions which influence the function of numerous organs and tissues throughout the body, including the brain, gut, skin, thyroid, muscle, and joints.
Shine Health and Wellness offers deep-dive testing to help uncover food allergies and food sensitivities. Based on these findings, Dr. Shine develops a treatment plan to address your unique needs.
A food allergy is an abnormal immune system response to antigens (proteins) found in foods such as cow’s milk, tree nuts, eggs, peanuts, or shellfish. This response involves the increased production of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies that trigger the release of histamine. It is this release of histamine that causes the most well-known and immediate allergy symptoms, including:
Alternatively, a food sensitivity, or intolerance, does not evoke an immune system reaction. Instead, a food sensitivity typically involves improper digestion or some form of irritation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The digestive system responds by triggering the production of a less aggressive antibody known as immunoglobulin G (IgG). The most common types of food sensitivity include gluten, lactose, fructose, corn, and soy.
The onset of food sensitivity symptoms is generally slower than with a food allergy. These symptoms are milder and tend to last longer. The most common signs include:
To successfully treat a food allergy or sensitivity, it is critical to first identify the foods which are initiating an immune or digestive system response.
Dr. Shine offers comprehensive testing that measures both IgE and IgG through a simple blood draw to identify problematic foods and the severity of the allergy or intolerance.
Dr. Shine may also recommend micronutrient testing in which a blood analysis examines levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. Correcting nutritional deficiencies through customized nutritional supplementation therapy can help individuals improve their overall health, increase energy and cognitive function, and help accelerate the body’s healing process—all of which are extremely beneficial when working to correct immune and digestive system concerns.
Shine Health and Wellness addresses your unique food allergy or sensitivity through a personalized treatment plan that may include nutrition, healing the gut, and quelling your immune response.
A Shine Health and Wellness lifestyle educator will work with you to develop a custom nutrition plan that works to correct many nutritional deficiencies identified through micronutrient testing, as well as strategies to eliminate offending food proteins from your diet. Your lifestyle educator may recommend specific foods or diet plans which help to reduce inflammation and speed the recovery of the GI tract.
Both food allergies and sensitivities can wreak havoc in the gut and lead to health complications such as leaky gut syndrome, an imbalance of gut microbes, or malabsorption.
Dr. Shine offers the most comprehensive protocol to heal your gut known as the 5R GI Restoration Program. This program promotes optimal digestive health through 5 easy-to-follow steps:
Reduce your reactivity to allergens by receiving diluted dosages of food proteins that elicit an immune response. These dosages are delivered under the tongue where they are held for 1-2 minutes and then swallowed. Over time, the dosing is increased, and your tolerance to the specific allergen improves, helping to reduce your symptoms.
Food allergies and sensitivities can affect your overall quality of life significantly. Shine Health and Wellness offers the most advanced testing and treatment solutions that combine nutritional and lifestyle modifications to help treat the root cause of numerous chronic conditions, including food allergies and sensitivities.
If you have been suffering from a chronic condition or are simply looking to optimize your overall health, Dr. Shine offers customized natural treatment solutions that are tailored to meet your specific needs.