Could food sensitivities be causing your pain?
Updated: May 8, 2019
March is Nutrition Month! Bonus: It's also the first Friday of the month, meaning it's "Fibro Friday"!
The topic today is:
Food sensitivities are different than food allergies. Food allergies can be life threatening and may require a visit to the hospital. Food allergies involve components of the immune system known as IgE antibodies. These antibodies produce symptoms soon after an allergen is ingested. Symptoms could include anaphylaxis, hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the lips, tongue or throat.
Food sensitivities involve the IgG antibodies of the immune system. These reactions are slower to occur and may be difficult to pinpoint to a particular food. As part of the immune response, inflammation is generated. If we are continuously exposed to a food we are sensitive to (a food that produces an immune response within our body), our body becomes inflamed and manifests symptoms. Common symptoms of food sensitivities include stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, migraines and headaches, skin conditions, brain fog, and pain.
Since food sensitivities generate inflammation within the body, it’s not surprising that they contribute to increased pain. This pain may be experienced in the joints or in the muscles in any part of the body. Common triggers I see in patients with pain are dairy, gluten, nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and tobacco), and citrus fruits. Sometimes only particular foods within a food group are problematic.
It can be difficult to figure out which foods disagree with you. Naturopathic doctors are trained to help you figure out which foods work best for your body. This may involve a blood test (called a Food Sensitivity Test) or a strategic elimination and re-introduction of foods. If you have any questions about food sensitivities, feel free to send me a message or give me a call at (705) 429-0911.