Food Allergies and Sensitivities Identification and Treatment

Food allergies and food sensitivities are extremely common in children and adults.  There is a high probability that you or someone you know suffers from a food sensitivity or food allergy.  In many cases, especially relating to food sensitivities, those displaying symptoms may not even be aware that food is the culprit.  Symptoms of a food sensitivity and food allergy can at times be similar, so knowing the difference between the two, as well as potential causes, are very important. 


A food allergy involves the body’s immune response and can cause a host of often immediate reactions, and can be life-threatening in the most severe cases.  The body’s reaction to a food sensitivity is usually less severe and can cause a range of reactions from behavior and hyperactivity problems in children to headaches and numerous digestive issues in people of all ages.  Often, reactions from a food sensitivity may not be realized until several hours to several days after consuming the “problem” food. 
Among the most common foods and ingredients causing sensitivities and allergic reactions in both children and adults include dairy products (casein), wheat and other grains (gluten), eggs, nuts, soy, seafood, preservatives, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and food additives.


Common symptoms of food sensitivities or food allergies include,
but are not limited to:


   Upset stomach

   Ongoing diarrhea or constipation

   Swelling within various parts of the body

   Behavioral issues (common in children)

   Irritability (common in children)

   Hyperactivity / Aggression (common in children)

   Motor and neurological tics (throat clearing, excessive eye blinking, etc.)

   Runny nose



   Eczema or skin rash

   Lack of concentration



   Difficulty sleeping


Understanding how food sensitivities and food allergies develop is key to the treatment and future well-being of each individual. The Wellness Philosophy employs various assessment protocols and testing options to identify and treat food sensitivities and food allergies.  Once a clearer picture is obtained, a nutrition care plan is developed which may include elimination of “problem” foods, removal of food additives or the introduction of digestive supports.


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