Are Food Sensitivities Causing Weight Gain or Water Retention?
Fact 1: Eating foods we are sensitive to can cause inflammation in our bodies, which leads to weight gain and weight retention.
Fact 2: Food intolerances can be the source of many disorders including fatigue, joint pain, headache, chronic congestion, asthma, heartburn/reflux, eczema, acne, as well as irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive symptoms.
Fact 3: In 2012, a study looking at food sensitivities and weight loss in120 participants mean age 45.5 were given IgG food testing by blood. They discovered that on average, participants were sensitive to15 foods.
15 foods on average!
While that may be alarming, it is not surprising and it is one of the main reasons why we investigate food sensitivities with any patient with symptoms of chronic inflammation or dietary issues. And we do so with the same lgG food test the study used. Many my patients are often surprised by the results.
But the facts are that many people are sensitive to foods they eat often. It can even be foods they eat several times a day, which makes it very difficult for anyone to figure out on their own if those foods are causing or contributing to chronic symptoms.
In the study, the most common reactive foods were: pinto bean, mushroom, tomato, kidney bean, cheese, eggs, wheat, cow’s milk, baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast.
The participants were then told to eliminate the reactive foods for 90 days. There was 95-98% compliance.
On average, participant lost almost 1 pound per week, and a total of nearly 3 inches from the waist and just under 1.5 inches from the hip. Factors of vitality, bodily pain, and general health improved.
Once again, reflected what I see in our practice. People who eliminate the foods they are sensitive to experience symptomatic improvement, weight loss, and enhanced well-being.
So if you have had trouble losing weight, or experience any of the symptoms I mention above, talk to your doctor to see if this test might is for you.
The food sensitivity test used in this study is available through the Connecticut Center for Natural Health. What do you have to lose?