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      Causes of Food Sensitivity and Food Allergy

      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:

      • Obesity
      • Genetics
      • Environmental toxin exposure
      • Lack of diversity in gut bacteria
      • Foodborne illnesses or infections
      • Nutrient deficiencies, particularly vitamin D
      • Diet containing processed foods and food additives
      Food Sensitivity Doctor Pasadena

      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.

      To get started at our Pasadena clinic, call (626) 317-0207 or request a callback online.

      Food Allergy vs. Food Sensitivity

      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:

      • Hives or rash
      • Nausea
      • Dizziness
      • Stomach pain
      • Diarrhea
      • Difficulty breathing

      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:

      • Bloating or gas
      • Headaches or migraines
      • Stomach pain
      • Brain fog
      • Fatigue
      • Runny nose
      • Muscle or joint pain

      Food Allergy Testing & Food Sensitivity Testing

      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.

      Food Sensitivity and Food Allergy Testing Pasadena

      Food Allergy or Sensitivity Treatment

      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.

      Nutritional Counseling

      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.

      Healing the Gut

      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:

      1. Remove offending substances from the diet identified during allergy and sensitivity testing or through an elimination diet. A detoxification plan may also be recommended to eliminate other inflammatory or toxic foods.
      2. Replace digestive enzymes and stomach acid through supplementation, if necessary, to help the digestive system break down and eliminate food properly.
      3. Re-inoculate the GI tract with a probiotic supplementation that introduces healthy bacteria to your microbial community to support immune function, intestinal barrier function, and digestion.
      4. Regenerate the GI mucosa and maintain the integrity of its lining through diet, lifestyle changes, and supplementation.  
      5. Retain the health and function of your GI tract with healthy eating, sleep hygiene, physical activity, stress reduction techniques, and targeted supplementation.

      Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)

      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.

      Schedule Your Appointment with Dr. Shine Today!

      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.

      To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shine at her Pasadena office, call (626) 317-0207 or contact us online.

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