You May be Suffering from Food Allergies and Not Even Know It!
Did you know that you may be suffering from food allergies and not even know it? You may be aware of some common food allergies , like people allergic to chocolate and peanuts. But that is not the kind of food sensitivity I am talking about.
There are hundreds of men that are suffering health problems due to exposure to the dyes, colors, and other additives in our food.
In the past few decades we have seen an alarming increase in various “mystery syndromes” that are making people chronically ill, with little or no known cause. Chronic fatigue, skin issues, mood swings, migraine headaches, and fibromyalgia, are just a few conditions that can actually be traced to an allergic reaction to food additives.
A recent study published by Quest Diagnostics, entitled: Allergies Across America, looked at 14 million people across the U.S. The survey determined that men are more likely than women to suffer from allergies to the chemicals added to enhance the color, flavor, or the shelf-life of processed foods.
Reactions range from full-blown allergic responses, to less serious sensitivities. However, as these chemicals build up in your body, due to chronic exposure, the food intolerance can compound over time, causing many health issues.
There is a test that can be used to see if you are one of those that has this often debilitating sensitivity to food additives.
Food Allergies and the ALCAT Test
The test is known as the Sensitivity and Intolerance Test – Additives/Food Colorings Panel – or ALCAT. The ALCAT panel is a simple pain-free blood test. The ALCAT test will determine how your cells react to 20 of the most common food additives/coloring including:
- Benzoic Acid
- Blue #1 and #2
- Butylated Hydroxy Anisole (BHA)
- Butylated Hydroxy Toluene (BHT)
- Green #3
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- Polysorbate 80
- Potassium Nitrite
- Red #1 and #40
- Sodium Sulfite
- Sorbic Acid
- Yellow #5 and #6
If you are feeling dizzy, light-headed, and/or experiencing headaches, chronic fatigue, or skin rashes. Or if you feel “jittery” or irritable, have difficulty breathing, particularly after eating packaged or fast foods, you should consider the ALCAT test.
How Accurate is the ALCAT Test?
There are just so many chemicals and toxic ingredients in our food supply today, in so many different combinations, that it can be very difficult to identify one specific cause of a food related chronic discomfort.
That is why the ALCAT test can be so helpful in discovering your sensitivities and food intolerance, because it tests for such a wide range of additives.
Your results will be graphically represented, based on color.
Green: Your green results will list the substances your cells had no reaction at all to, you can eat foods containing these with little or no impact. “Green is for GO!”
Yellow: Your yellow category will be those that you had a mild intolerance to. Foods containing these ingredients should be avoided whenever possible. Like a traffic light – proceed with caution!
Orange: Any substance listed in your “orange” results, means your body showed a “moderate” intolerance and these substances should be entirely avoided for a period of at least 3-6 months
Red: As in most things, “red” indicates harm or danger. The substances listed in your red ALCAT results are those that your body showed a severe intolerance to. These substances should be avoided for at least 6 months to cleanse you system of them, and they should be avoided thereafter.
The ALCAT test will give you a broad picture of your food allergies, and help you to make more informed food choices.
If you think you may have food allergies, and could benefit from ALCAT testing, contact our offices today to speak to one of our wellness counselors.
The ALCAT test could be your first step to getting you on a program that will make you look and feel your best, and put you on the path to a lifetime of wellness!
Have you or anyone you know ever been tested for food allergies? What were the results?
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