Do you experience any of the following symptoms?
~ Headaches or migraines
~ Itchy skin, eczema, acne, or rosacea
~ Chronic sinus infections or frequent colds
~ Bloating, gas, burping, heartburn, stomach pain after eating, constipation or diarrhea
~ Frequent sweating or always being hot
~ Difficulty losing weight
~ Food cravings
~ Anxiety, depression, or irritability
~ Feeling constantly tired
~ Difficulty concentrating
~ Poor memory
If you experience any of these symptoms frequently, you most likely have underlying food sensitivities.
A definitive diagnosis for food sensitivities can only be determined by a blood test where immune reactions are measured to many different types of food. Normally, the clean-up crew of our white blood cells (macrophages) are able to remove antibody-allergen complexes that are formed by our body’s reaction to foods. However, at some point the job may become too difficult for the macrophages to handle if we are continuously ingesting foods that our body negatively reacts to, so these complexes are then deposited throughout our tissues.
Some people react via histamine depositing on the skin, which is the cause of itchiness in eczema, where as other people react in the intestines and develop IBS or Crohn’s disease. Either way, the food sensitivity complexes that are not being removed from the body will cause inflammation and contribute to a wide variety of conditions.
Once you have narrowed down your food sensitivities, you will be able to properly detoxify. Detoxification is the process of clearing out toxins from the body, so that you heal from the inside out. The detox process helps to boost the body’s natural functions and healing capabilities.
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