What is the Difference between Allergies & Sensitivities?

It’s pretty common to have a reaction to a certain food, but in most cases it’s an intolerance rather than a true allergy. Why does it matter? Either type of allergy or sensitivity is your body’s immune system becoming engaged for what is not healthy for SELF. Are you listening to your body?

These clues can help you figure out if it is an allergy or sensitivity. A good doctor who guides you toward the right kind of testing can help you know for sure.

Food Allergy: (Immunoglobulin IgE response)

Usually comes on suddenly

  • Small amount of food can trigger
  • Happens every time you eat the food
  • Can be life-threatening (anaphylactic response…epi-pen)

Food Intolerance:

  • Usually comes on gradually
  • May only happen when you eat a lot of the food
  • May only happen if you eat the food often
  • Is not life-threatening.

Delayed Food Allergy: (Immunoglobulin IgG response)

  • Delayed response from 2 hours to 2 days following activation of IgG cells (most populated anti-bodies in our blood)
  • CHRONIC FATIGUE, Auto-immune disease, Inflammatory Signs, Digestive tract disease, Respiratory disease, Skin rashes
  • Clearing period is 21-28 days (a full healing or moon cycle)

The most common delayed allergens: Dairy, Gluten, Caged eggs, Yeast

The affect on your body when you consume these delayed food allergens on a daily basis is that:

Your adrenal glands burn out! – You will experience chronic fatigue, which is the #1 symptom of any “dis-ease” in the body.

Your digestive tract becomes compromised! – 60-70% of your immune system lies with the digestive tract. It becomes damaged by literally breaking off the villi (hair-like interior of the digestive tract responsible for absorption of all nutrients). The next step of degeneration is what we call “leaky gut” where the protective barrier of the digestive tract is no longer able to protect undigested food particles from directly entering your blood stream. This sends off even further immune response as your body knows full well that those food particles do not belong in your blood…they are foreign invaders!

Your lymph system becomes inflamed – Swollen lymph glands including tonsils, the back up of toxins, parasites and the ultimate breakdown of the body systems. The liver becomes overwhelmed and congested.

As you continue to consume these delayed food allergens, your body will continue firing off increased immune alarms with regard to seasonal & environmental allergies, additional sensitivities to more and more foods and chemicals.

The typical medical approach is usually to us an antihistamine such as Zyrtec or Claritin to reduce symptoms. Bio-individual testing, short term and long-term elimination diets, and specific supplementation for deficiencies help to address the underlying cause of the problem. It’s all within your power to reverse damage, heal and change for the better!

Come in for a complete evaluation, and get your Allergy Pak today.  Dr. Bert’s Allergy Pak includes a powerful blend of ingredients that enhance the body’s defenses against allergens such as pet dander, bacteria, dust, and pollen. The nutrients included in this Pak are proven to nutritionally support the body during times of allergy and asthma attacks.

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