I want you to ask yourself the following questions, because how you answer will give valuable insight into your health. Let’s start with your mornings.
When was the last time you jumped out of bed, full of energy, clear-headed, free of aches and pains and ready to take on the day? How about the day itself? Do you feel run down, irritable and groggy as the day goes on or are you energized and happy?
Now let’s move to nighttime. When was the last time you went to bed feeling relaxed, free of pain and ready for a good night’s sleep instead of exhausted and dreading a night of tossing and turning?
Now, let’s travel from your bedroom to your bathroom. How do you feel about that bathroom scale? Are you happy with the number you see when you step on it or do you avoid that scale like the plague, because you know despite your efforts, the number will make you cringe. What about your bathroom mirror? When you walk by, does your reflection show clear, radiant skin or a face and body marked with acne, eczema or psoriasis?
Now, moving on to the kitchen: Do you sit down at the table knowing you’ll feel good after your meal, or do you wait in dread for the bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea that will follow?
How’d you do with the questions? Did you relate more to the “feeling good” examples or to the “I dread my day” examples?
If it’s the latter, you are far from alone.
In fact, I see patients with similar complaints in my office almost every single day. I refer to it as chronic “I don’t feel good-itis.” Day after day, patients come in who’ve seen doctors, gotten lab work and other tests done, and been told everything is fine. YET, THEY STILL DON’T FEEL WELL!
Now, I’ll let you in on a secret: a lot of people who just don’t feel well suffer from food sensitivities.
That’s right, I’ve seen thousands of patients who have improved their energy levels, who have eliminated their headaches, who have gotten rid of that nagging joint pain, who have lost the 20 pounds they’ve been struggling with for years, who can for the first time in years sleep a full 8 hours and who have lifted the cloak of depression by simply removing the foods that they were sensitive to.
It’s a simple and easy test that every person who is suffering for no explainable reason should have.
It can hold the key to getting your health and life back! Sound too good to be true? I assure you, it’s not.
I’ve seen first hand the power of knowing what foods to eliminate change peoples lives. I saw a 9 year old boy who was having multiple seizures in a single day go to having no seizures, within a few months, after removing the foods he was reacting to. I know it sounds crazy but research is showing a strong link between our digestive systems and neurological disorders.
Here is a link to one such study that was published in The Psychiatric Quarterly where they showed connections between gluten sensitivity and neurological disorders like autism, seizures, ataxia, headaches, neuropathy, depression, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and even schizophrenia.
It is very important to understand food sensitivities aren’t just a digestive problem, they’re a whole-body problem.
Here are the 8 most common symptoms we see in our office that are associated with food sensitivities:
- Weight gain or inability to lose weight
- Joint pain and muscle aches
- Brain fog, fatigue, anxiety and/or depression
- Sinus and allergy problems
- Gas, bloating, constipation and other digestive issues
- Skin, hair and nail issues
- Hormonal problems
- Headaches and/or migraines
You might be wondering how this could possibly happen. Allow me to explain.
Food sensitivities are closely tied to something called “leaky gut syndrome.” There are many causes of leaky gut syndrome including the use of antibiotics or birth-control pills, alcohol, stress, toxins, parasites, candida albicans (yeast), nutritional deficiencies, a diet that includes a lot of processed and/or refined sugary food and/or gluten, and even food sensitivities themselves.
These things can cause gaps in the lining of the intestinal walls, making the intestines permeable and allowing substances that would normally be kept inside (such as food particles) to “leak” out into the bloodstream.
Because these substances are now where they shouldn’t be, your body sees them as foreign invaders. And what does your body do? Attack!
It’s similar to when your immune systems goes after a virus (another “foreign invader”), but in this case the immune system is attacking not a virus, but the foods you are eating. Over time, this battle between the immune system and the foods you are eating leads to an increased inflammatory responses that start to affect the entire body.
I compare it to having the flu. Are you familiar with the feeling you have right before you have the full blown flu? When your body starts to get achy, your stomach is crampy, you start to feel blue, you’re tired, your head hurts and you just don’t feel well? That’s what it’s like when you have food sensitivities. This is why so many people complain that they don’t feel well and their doctors just don’t know what to do, except in many cases recommend a prescription drug.
I can’t stress to you enough how important this test can be for some of our patients.