Food That Doesn’t Fit (Last of 2 parts)

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Health -

My pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cle ex­pounded on the fact that we have food-spe­cific an­ti­bod­ies that cause us to re­act to cer­tain food items. These spe­cific re­ac­tions to food can either be iden­ti­fied as food al­ler­gies or food in­tol­er­ances. For food in­tol­er­ances, symp­toms such as eczema, chronic rhini­tis, asthma, lack of en­ergy, mi­graines, etc. — sub­tle symp­toms that can bother us every day but could also go un­no­ticed — can be ob­served.

Our im­mune sys­tem is char­ac­ter­ized by the di­ver­sity and in­tegrity of our gut mi­cro­biome, and so if our gut health is com­pro­mised, so is our im­mune sys­tem’s. And since we all have our own unique di­ver­sity in gut mi­cro­biome (no one per­son has ex­actly the same gut mi­cro­biome as an­other per­son’s, even within fam­ily mem­bers), this is also the rea­son we all have dif­fer­ent re­ac­tions to im­mune-threat­en­ing in­flam­ma­tion in our bod­ies; either we have skin re­ac­tions, re­s­pi­ra­tory re­ac­tions, stom­ach dis­com­fort, mood swings, etc. This em­pha­sizes the need and the im­por­tance of per­son­al­ized nutri­tion. That is why there is no sin­gle diet that suits ev­ery­one.

Since food can be a trig­ger or con­trib­u­tor to in­flam­ma­tion in our body, one way to ad­dress this is to take a food in­tol­er­ance test. As with all di­ag­nos­tic tests, this test must be rec­om­mended by a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional — either a med­i­cal doc­tor, a nurse, or a Nutri­tion­ist-Di­eti­tian — as proper as­sess­ment is needed to de­ter­mine whether an in­di­vid­ual would ben­e­fit from the test. Part of the as­sess­ment would in­clude a stan­dard clin­i­cal/phys­i­cal exam as well as dis­tin­guish­ing whether the in­di­vid­ual’s con­cern is specif­i­cally re­lated to food al­lergy or pos­si­bly to food in­tol­er­ances.

The food in­tol­er­ance test is an ad­vanced di­ag­nos­tic

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