Learn which are the easiest ways to detect if you have a food allergy, what are the allergy symptoms and how we can find a solution to this problem.

Most Lyme disease patients often see multiple healthcare professionals seeking a diagnosis to explain their chronic fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, headaches, memory problems, and sleep disorders.

They are frequently diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia , autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis , multiple sclerosis, or a psychiatric disorder, such as anxiety or depression . Usually your doctor cannot find a cause for your symptoms, and they are labeled with a disorder that requires you to take medications for life.

Food allergies lead to chronic problems

Can we do better? We have been taught in medical school to look for “a cause for a disease.” However, patients with chronic symptoms often have many potential overlapping medical problems that contribute to their chronic illness. Some of the biggest culprits: Food allergies, food sensitivities, and nutritional deficiencies.

Eating the wrong foods makes us sick

Many of the symptoms we see with Lyme disease are due to inflammatory molecules in the body, called cytokines, that are produced during the infectious process. These can cause fatigue , headaches, joint and muscle pain , mood swings, sleep problems, and cognitive difficulties. These same molecules are also produced when we eat the wrong types of foods, and they can contribute to resistant symptoms.

5 signs you have a food allergy

1. Shortly after eating a meal, you notice that you start to yawn and feel tired

If you have a food allergy, it could happen minutes to hours after eating. This could be accompanied by a feeling of anxiety, palpitations, shaking, feeling dizzy, feeling like you might pass out, or that you need a nap. This is often due to reactive hypoglycemia, which means that sugar levels are rocking.

Solution : Eat small, frequent meals, don’t skip meals, cut back on simple sugars and carbohydrates, and eat a balanced diet with quality protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats ( olive oil , coconut oil , avocados ). A five-hour glucose tolerance test with insulin levels can also help determine if you have reactive hypoglycemia.

2. If you have a food allergy, suffer from chronic headaches or migraines

You have a headache when you wake up in the morning, several hours after a meal, or even a day after eating certain foods. This is often due to food sensitivities that act as migraine triggers, and / or trigger a hypoglycemic response.

Solution: Keep a food diary and write down everything you eat. Observe patterns of how certain foods affect you. Certain foods and additives are known migraine triggers (caffeine, chocolate, MSG, aged cheeses, for example). Request a food allergy profile, it can be helpful in determining which foods may be affecting you.

3. You develop gas, bloating, belching, bouts of diarrhea or diarrhea after eating

Although there are many causes for these symptoms, this could be due to gluten sensitivity / celiac disease, food allergies / sensitivities, lactose and / or fructose intolerance, and / or SIBO ( intestinal bacterial overgrowth ).

Solution: Keep a food diary, go on an elimination diet, and see a gastroenterologist to get tested for these disorders. Occasionally a complete stool analysis, through a laboratory specialized in nutritional medicine, can help identify the cause of gastrointestinal problems.

4. You suffer from chronic constipation, despite eating a high fiber diet and drinking at least two liters of fluids a day

This may be due to Lyme disease affecting the GI tract, food sensitivities and / or a lack of adequate magnesium in the diet.

Solution: Get an allergy / sensitivity profile , try to eliminate grains like wheat, and get a blood test for mineral deficiencies, like magnesium, with serum magnesium level and red blood cell (RBC) cells. Often times, cutting down on sensitive foods and increasing magnesium in the diet (500 mg to 1000 mg / day) will help with chronic constipation.

5. You suffer from muscle or joint pain minutes to hours after meals

This could be brief, intermittent pain, or a more sustained inflammatory response.

Solution: Do a food allergy sensitivity test and stool analysis (CDSA test) to look for increased intestinal permeability ( leaky gut ), go on an elimination diet, and get tested for nutritional deficiencies, including zinc. ( Zinc deficiency can increase inflammation in the body .) In the opinion of nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers) they can also be effective in a small proportion of individuals. Food is medicine, but eating the wrong types of food along with nutritional deficiencies can make you sick.

Consult your doctor (if possible holistic and functional) and get the exams. It can provide you with answers for unexplained symptoms and chronic health problems.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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