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Food allergies occur when the body has an abnormal reaction to certain foods or food components. That is, when a food allergen is ingested, the immune system may mistakenly treat it as a harmful substance, or toxin. In the attempt to protect the body, the immune system may trigger a cascade of biological events (including the release of histamine) known as an allergic reaction, which can result in one or more undesirable symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of food allergies can include:

· Tingling feeling in the mouth

· Swelling of the tongue or throat

· Abdominal pain

· Nausea or vomiting

· Diarrhea

· Breathing difficulties (e.g., asthma)

· Dizziness

· Skin condition (e.g., hives, eczema, itchy skin)

· Change in heart rate

· Drop in blood pressure

· Anaphylactic shock (i.e., severe, potentially fatal allergic reaction)

· Seizure

If you have been suffering from chronic health issues and have tried all treatment avenues with no success, maybe it's time that you consider taking a food allergy test.

Aside from trauma, most conditions are due to either being deficient in certain nutrients or an excess of one or more food ingredients that is causing toxicity issues. If you want find out further information on how this can happen, please read the sections on "Enzymes" and "Colon Health".

Food allergy testing can be an important tool in the identification of foods that are affecting immune system function.  If you have a chronic health condition that has immune system involvement, without identifying the foods you are allergic to through food allergy tests that are causing this immune system involvement, you will probably not get well.

The type of testing that we recommend is the basic skin prick testing using the ELISA protocol. This gets complex and I don't want to overwhelm anyone here but basically, an IgG test is performed to find out if you have a delayed response reaction to any one of the 96 foods tested. This is a comprehensive study that is performed by US Biotek Labs.  The inflammatory process is gradual and may take anywhere from several hours to several days, which is why this type of reaction is called delayed.  Foods such as all dairies, specific fruits and vegetables, meats and fowl, certain grains, nuts or legumes and fish are all closely looked at.

There are many other tests that can be performed including an Asian food panel, Vegetarian food panel, herbs and spices panel, as well as specialty testing for painkiller reactions, a candida  panel to identify any fungal infections and a Celiac panel, which will identify any serious sensitivity to gluten.

These are do-it-yourself kits that are extremely safe and simple. If you are interested in looking at a sample report to get a good idea of what to expect when you get the results, feel free to click here: http://www.usbiotek.com/Downloads/samples/sample_96f_iga_igg_ige.pdf

The fact is that most of us are not eating the right foods and even the ones who may think that they are doing the right thing ("Well, I don't eat fast foods"), are missing the big picture. Most of the foods that are consumed today by the average American are non-digestible foods. If it's non-digestible, then that food has to go someplace. That place is usually the bloodstream, where it causes blood toxicity and leads to low grade inflammation of the joints and tissues.

Have you noticed the prevalence of conditions like Lupus, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Acid reflux and the myriad of other gastrointestinal ailments? Something has invaded our foods and has wrecked havoc on our bodies, causing illnesses that we never heard of just 100 years ago.

Our diets are the likely culprits in the leading killers of today, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Take the first step in finding out what item(s) you may be sensitive to and from there make a prompt plan to reduce or better yet, completely eliminate it from your diet.


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