Nutritional Counseling & Food Allergies

Nutritional Counseling & Food AllergiesFood allergies and nutritional counseling can help those that need some guidance with their meal planning. Having a family member with food allergies can make meals difficult to prepare  and leave you left without much creativity.

At McQuinn Naturopathic, we offer Nutritional Counseling & Food Allergy Services to those in need of some help. Not only can we guide you with tasty recipes to use, we also can help keep a balanced diet that can help you lose weight.

Food Sensitivity Testing

Food allergies are directly related to health problems. When we consume foods that cause sensitivity, inflammation is the unfortunate result. This irritation can lead to arthritis, heart disease, IBS, hay fever and more. When the body is exposed to substances it considers “foreign,” antibodies are produced by the immune system for defense, causing inflammation and discomfort. These can be environmental, bacterial, fungal or viral, including the food we eat. By removing the causes of inflammation that can be controlled – food – our immune systems can better respond to those we cannot regulate, like pollen.

Inflammation has numerous unpleasant effects on the body including:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Tissue damage
  • Elevated mucus production, and
  • Other unwelcome symptoms.

Allergies and/or sensitivities can develop at any time. Food sensitivities are often difficult to diagnose because symptoms may not be present immediately after consuming a specific food item. Symptoms are often delayed for hours or even days. Common food allergies like dairy, eggs and wheat are eaten so frequently that it can be difficult to match symptoms with a particular food that may be responsible.

Options for Food Sensitivity Testing

A food elimination diet is a tough way to determine food sensitivities. During this process, common food allergens are removed from your diet for a period and then reintroduced one at a time to see if symptoms become apparent. A simpler way to get to the bottom of food allergies is through allergy testing via a blood test either through a blood draw or finger stick to check for antibodies.

IgE and IgG are two kinds of antibodies that are produced in a food allergic reaction. IgE reactions occur immediately, are typically severe and may include tongue swelling, swift diarrhea and hives. An IgG reaction is more frequently observed, is less subtle and delayed. These types of responses may include sinusitis, chronic pain, fatigue, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea. Either of these tests may be recommended to help narrow your food sensitivities and allergies. Recommended laboratory testing depends upon your favorite foods, recommendations from your healthcare provider, and your individual concerns.

Why You Should Seek a Naturopathic Solution

Traditional medical treatment for allergies and inflammation only reach the surface of the problem. When food sensitivities are identified and then eliminated from the diet, the cause of the issues is addressed. Conventional medical treatment for inflammation often utilizes steroids, antihistamines or other drugs, which have side effects of their own and only mask the trouble. Patients may develop a dependency upon these medications and health may decline because of constantly suppressing the immune system.

Contact McQuinn Naturopathic today at (425)905-2487 to schedule an appointment regarding potential food sensitivities and allergies. Proper nutrition is critical to your overall health, and identifying any food allergies or sensitivities that you may have will get you one step closer to a healthier and happier life.