By Dr. Katie Disharoon, N.D.
When it comes to your health, there’s no question that your immune system has to be in tip top shape for you to be at your best. Your immune system is like your own personal army: it stands guard in your gut and on your skin, watching for enemies, it attacks dangerous and potentially pathogenic critters floating around your body. Most people are surprised to learn the majority of the immune system is actually found in the gastrointestinal system. Many problems with the immune system have a connection to the health of your gut, too!
One way imbalance in the gut may lead to immune system problems is through food sensitivities. Essentially the foods you eat become “enemies” to the immune system, wasting its precious resources fighting foods rather than actually dangerous pathogens. Food sensitivities and food allergies are actually different. A food allergy response is typically more immediate and more severe as compared to a sensitivity. With food sensitivities, if you eat a particular food you’re sensitive to, let’s say eggs — your immune system becomes alerted to the food and mounts a response. I’ve had patients experience a variety of symptoms due to being exposed to their sensitivities: rashes or eczema, fatigue, anxiety or depression, joint pain, headaches, water retention… and the list continues on.
Because of the wide-reaching potential symptoms of food sensitivities, I usually recommend food sensitivity testing to new patients who often come into my office with many different conditions. Some examples include: Anxiety, Weight Issues, Eczema, IBS and Hashimoto’s Disease. Removing the sensitive foods is often a good first step to calming the entire system.
If you have questions about food sensitivity testing, come see me at Hillclimb Chiropractic Clinic and find out if it’s for you.