Food Allergies and Sensitivities
- Do you suffer from digestive problems, such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation?
- Do your eyes sometimes feel itchy or watery?
- Do you often experience fatigue, hyperactivity, or difficulty in concentrating?
- Do you suffer from recurrent asthma, bronchitis or sinus problems?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be experiencing symptoms caused by food allergens. The symptoms may be immediate or may be delayed – by hours or even days after exposure. There are two major ways to identify food allergens:
- The allergy elimination diet. In this diet, you would eliminate foods that tend to be troublesome such as dairy and wheat. After a period of time, you would then add back the eliminated foods, noting which ones cause your symptoms to reoccur.
- A LEAP blood test which identifies the body’s reactions that cause delayed responses – “hidden allergies” that do not show up on conventional tests.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common complaint, consisting of symptoms of bloating, pain before bowel movements, diarrhea and/or constipation. First we have to determine by questioning and sometimes by lab tests which of several causes is predominant in your particular case. IBS then responds well to treatment. Sometimes treatment is a change of diet, and sometimes supplements are added such as probiotics and magnesium. Sometimes the culprit is food sensitivities and diet is built up around foods which are best for you as an individual. I use the LEAP test by Oxford Labs which gives us the full body response to 150 foods and chemicals. Other factors may play a role in individual cases. Come in for some help and diet recommendations. We can determine which specific regimen and food plan is right for you.
Healthy eating/healthy lifestyle
- Healthy eating starts with learning new ways to eat, such as adding more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and cutting back on foods that have a lot of fat, salt, and sugar.
- Aim for balance. Most days, eat from each food group-grains, protein foods, vegetable and fruit. Listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you feel satisfied.
- Look for variety. Be adventurous. Choose different foods in eachfood group. For example, don’t reach for an apple every time you choose a fruit. Rather, eat a rainbow of foods. Getting yourphytonutrients and antioxidants this way can be beautiful and tasty!
- Good foods. Eat foods that have ingredients that are real food. Be careful of foods that have sugar, white flour and salt. They increase your cravings.
- Low glycemic foods. Learn about low glycemic foods to stabilize your blood sugar and decrease cravings. These foods are high in protein or fiber, and they will help keep your brain young and stave off diabetes.
- Practice moderation. Don’t have too much or too little of one thing. All foods, if eaten in moderation, can be part of healthy eating.
Diabetes – Type II
About 90% of all diabetics develop type 2 diabetes.The major risk factors for type 2 diabetes are that the person is overweight, has a history of the disease in the family, is over 40 years old, and has a diet rich in refined carbohydrates and sugar, and low in fiber. A high fiber/complex carbohydrate diet, combined with weight control, provides one of the safest and most effective ways to protect a diabetic’s health.
Nutrients can help There are many nutrients that can offer health benefits. Typical nutrients that might be incorporated are chromium, manganese, zinc, and vitamins C and E. Many diabetics are low in one or more of these vital nutrients. A careful evaluation can be done to lessen the symptoms of diabetes using diet and supplementation. In some cases, medication can be reduced or eliminated.
A careful evaluation can be done to lessen the symptoms of diabetes using diet and supplementation. In some cases, medication can be reduced or eliminated.
High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood flowing against artery walls. If this pressure is too high, a person can be at risk for a heart attack or a stroke. There are several things that a person can do through diet and lifestyle changes to reduce this dangerous condition. By watching what we eat, making sure that our intake of nutrients is adequate, and exercising regularly, we can reduce our blood pressure. Losing excess weight is also important.
Regular check-ups with your physician are the best way to keep track of your blood pressure. Because there are no symptoms, only a health professional can tell you if your blood pressure is too high.
Your nutritionist can also assist you to help create a nutritional program to lower your blood pressure naturally.
What Causes Hypertension? High blood pressure does not occur in primitive cultures eating traditional diets, nor do they show an increase in blood pressure with aging as people in Western society do. The protective factors in these traditional diets are thought to be the high fiber content and the large amount of vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, magnesium and potassium. These people also consume very little sugar.
General Strategies To Help Control Hypertension:
- Eat plenty of foods that help reduce blood pressure, such as garlic, onions, celery, vegetables, beans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and cold water fish.
- Begin a weight-bearing exercise as approved by your physician.
- Cut down or eliminate smoking and alcohol consumption.
- Improve your stress management techniques.
- Eat a diet rich in essential nutrients. Sometimes I will recommend supplements to insure that adequate amounts of important nutrients are supplied.
- If you have high blood pressure, do not take more than 50 IU’s of Vitamin E.
- Restrict sugar intake as much as possible.
- Lose weight if necessary. I can help you achieve your weight goal and make sure that you are meeting your body’s nutritional needs.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Are you at risk for PCOS? Consider the following questions:
- Do you have a family history of infertility, irregular periods, or diabetes?
- Did you ever have gestational diabetes in any of your pregnancies?
- Do you have an apple-shaped body type (measure your waist to hip ratio; if it is greater than .8, you have an apple body type)?
- Do you have irregular periods (or none at all)?
- Do you have dark velvety patches of skin on your neck, groin, or in your armpits? Excess hair growth?
- Difficulty losing weight?
- Intense cravings for carbohydrates or sweets?
- Problems conceiving?
- Decreased sex drive?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are at higher risk for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which can place you at risk for Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Diets that decrease insulin resistance are useful for women with PCOS. These diets are lower in carbohydrates, and higher in healthy fats and proteins. There are also specific supplements that can also be helpful.
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