Allergies & Food Sensitivities

How can Naturopathic Medicine help your allergies?

The treatment of allergies follows these basic principals:

  • Eliminate toxins and aggravating factors
  • Re-establish a healthy gut flora
  • Improve digestion
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Heal the gastric mucosal cells

Environmental and seasonal allergies are not terribly dissimilar to food allergies. Since the offending agents cannot always be eliminated, we approach the treatment with more emphasis on the immune system. More often than not, people with environmental allergies also have food sensitivities.

Food allergies affect people to varying degrees. Anaphylactic allergies, which can be life threatening, are relatively easy to identify, but some food allergies are not so obvious. Some common symptoms of food sensitivities include:

  • Bloating
  • Skin rashes such as eczema
  • Fatigue or insomnia
  • Nasal stuffiness, itchy nose or throat
  • Joint aches
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Canker sores
  • Chronic infections

Food allergies are also often associated with conditions such as:

  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Asthma or bronchitis
  • Ear infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Anxiety and depression

There are many tests for food allergies and intolerances, including:

  • Skin prick test (available from your allergist)
  • Elimination diet followed by food challenge
  • IgG/IgE test (blood test available through your Naturopathic Doctor)

Each testing method has pros and cons, so it’s best to discuss the available options with your healthcare provider. At Rooted, we use elimination diets and IgG food sensitivity testing.

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