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Are You Allergic? When Getting Tested Can Help

Allergies are an overreaction of our immune systems to substances that generally don’t affect other individuals in the same way. These substances, or allergens, can cause runny or stuffy noses, sneezing, coughing, itching and more, and reactions can range from bothersome to life-threatening. According to the CDC, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year, and it is the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the US. When is it a good idea for you to get allergy testing, and how is it done?

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The Secret Danger of Food Allergies

It’s estimated that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, according to FARE, or Food Allergy Research Education, and about every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. Unfortunately, the allergy symptoms aren’t the only cause for concern—the related inflammation can be a contributing factor to systemic strain on the body and immune system, and if not stopped, can ultimately lead to a host of diseases. What are food allergies, their symptoms, and what are the health benefits of food allergy testing?

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ALCAT Testing & Weight Loss

Many people in the United States suffer from overeating and obesity. Concealed root causes can often make weight loss more difficult to achieve. One cause of excess weight is dietary reactions – allergies, sensitivities, and intolerance to certain types of food. The connection between food sensitivity and obesity is clear when you look at biological science. Ingredients that aren’t fully accepted by your body can cause your cells to inflame and resist insulin, so that glucose doesn’t get released in sufficient quantities.

When you can’t metabolize the fuel coming through your digestive system, it is set aside as fat rather than being put to use. Not only does that mean your fat gets replenished, but it also means your body doesn’t have access to as much energy. Through ALCAT testing, weight loss can be optimized through a broad understanding of the foods it is best for you to avoid.

Food intolerance and weight gain

Scientific research backs up the basic biochemical scenario described above. In fact, according to a study by Baylor University scholars, 26 out of 27 obese subjects either attained healthier physical composition or weight reduction after restricting their diets with ALCAT. In other words, it appears that food sensitivity and obesity are linked, which is good to know if you are suffering from excess weight: proper testing can determine the items that are particularly dangerous to you.

It’s easy to oversimplify obesity by thinking of physical fitness as comprising two factors: intake of calories (eating) and consumption of calories (exercise/activity). It’s more complicated than that. The correlation between food intolerance and weight gain extends to other health disorders too, such as hypothyroidism, depression, and hypoglycemia. You are even at risk for obesity if your diet does not contain enough omega-3 fatty acids.

How the test can help

The reason the ALCAT test is so critical is that it’s difficult for us to perceive our own dietary sensitivities. If we eat a problem item in the morning, we might experience swelling in our extremities later in the day but be unable to identify the culprit. Testing provides both the patient and the physician with the information they need to properly target obesity with a natural weight-loss solution: strategic food avoidance.

With ALCAT testing, weight loss can be achieved in a structured, systematic, and proven manner. With 2.5 billion people overweight worldwide , this test can help many people get their bodies back into healthy equilibrium. Get your test today, part of a comprehensive treatment program available through Atlanta Medical Clinic .

Why Your Diet Is the First Place to Look to Reduce Pain?

Dietary modifications for Pain Management

As experts in pain management, we focus on empowering our patients so that they can conquer this often debilitating health problem from all sides. One major way to target pain and reduce it is through diet. Often individuals look for specific nutrients and supplements to help certain health conditions – as with an osteoarthritis diet. Let’s look first at testing for allergies and how that can help, then at foods that generally help to contain swelling and  hence can help all pain situations. Finally, we can zero in on specific foods to help with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Common food allergies & pain

As Dr. Susanne Bennett emphasizes in a article published by the Huffingtonpost (1), we tend to think in terms of food allergies as anaphylactic shock or vomiting, but smaller allergies can express themselves as minor headaches or stomachaches. Specific allergy testing of common food allergies, sensitivities, and gluten intolerance provides a better framework to approach individual pain management through diet.

An anti-inflammatory fruit

One food noted generally for its anti-inflammatory properties is the cherry. Cherries contain anthocyanins – as do raspberries and strawberries to lesser degrees. The ideal dose is not yet known because tests have not been conducted on humans, but recent Michigan State University research (2) suggests that these flavonoids can reduce swelling similarly to aspirin.

Ginger and coffee for pain reduction

Ginger and coffee have also been found to possibly reduce pain. Each was given to subjects in studies prior to intense physical exercise, versus groups given a placebo. The effect of coffee in pain reduction was verified one hour later, during exercise. Amazingly, the effect of the ginger was measured 24 hours later – its impact was confirmed by testimonies of each group at that time.

Helpful for Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis

Vitamin D — high in salmon, sardines, mushrooms, and egg yolks – can help both to reduce arthritic symptoms and to prevent these disorders to develop in the first place.  Consider adding multivitamins and omega-3 fatty acids as supplements. Those with osteoarthritis specifically should also consider taking glucosamine with chondroitin (which is off-limits for those with shellfish allergies) and SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine). A supplement to target rheumatoid arthritis is GLA (gamma-linolenic acid).

Conclusion

If you are experiencing chronic pain, try cherry, ginger, coffee, and vitamin D. For those suffering from arthritis, the rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis diet and supplement tips will aid in relief. If you have not been able to determine the source of your pain, an individual allergy test could reveal food allergies as the culprit. Need further assistance with integrative pain alleviation? Contact us anytime for help.

 

 

Resources:

1.) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-susanne-bennett/allergies_b_1363995.html

2.) http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/can-food-relieve-pain/

3.) http://www.livestrong.com/article/376668-foods-that-reduce-pain/

4.) http://www.today.com/id/18023958/ns/today-today_health/t/feeling-stiff-foods-can-ease-pain/#.UUY9BFctfN4

 

 

 

 

The Benefits Associated with ALCAT Allergy Testing

There is a wide variety of health issues that people suffer from everyday, not because they neglect their issues, but because they have yet to find the right solution. There are many components to our health that are looked at during a diagnosis process including the effectiveness of internal bodily functions, mental stability, and affecting daily activities. However, a person’s diet may be overlooked. It is important to realize that the food we consume may have more affects on our bodies than thought possible.

Health issues such as arthritis, aches and pains in joints and muscles, skin disorders, immunity deficiencies, obesity, fatigue, and more can be the effect of consuming certain foods. If you have never thought to have an allergy test done, you may be unknowingly fueling your own health problems.

The ALCAT allergy test is different than many other allergy tests because of how they issue results. Rather than either a yes or no answer as to what foods you are allergic to, the ALCAT test takes into account different types of allergies and sensitivities. Once the test is completed, ALCAT sends our medical center back a packet of results which fully codes and rates all the foods you are incompatible with and shows us exactly how severe your divergence to them is. ALCAT will also outline a 4-day diet that is specifically crafted around your results as to ensure you follow the recommendations.

What most people are not aware of is the fact that delayed onset food sensitivity exists. What this means is that, for example, the banana you ate today may not affect you until 2 or 3 days later. By this time, you usually do not think to consider this food item you consumed as your source of the health problem you are currently experiencing. Most allergy tests do not account for this type of food sensitivity. However, the ALCAT test works in a way different than a typical allergy test would.

alcat allergy test Atlanta, GABy allowing us to take a simple blood sample from you, Atlanta Medical Center is able to administer an ALCAT test for you. We send your blood sample to ALCAT’s main lab in Florida, where the blood is analyzed. A series of testing is done on your blood at the cellular level in order to record responses to exposure to a variety of foods, substances, chemicals, and coloring. This measuring is able to provide you with very revealing results.

Once results are rendered and appropriate food adjustments are made, you will start to see changes in your everyday health. Sometimes, the way to see improvements in your health is simple as changing your diet. For more information on food allergy testing, visit www.ALCAT.com.