Guest Post: 3 Simple Steps for Dealing with Food Allergies
I am happy to share with you a guest post from my friend and fellow nutritionist, Marie Olson.
Marie Olson, RWP, NTP is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® (Candidate), and owner of NutriSimplicity: Bio-Individual Nutrition Made Simple. She is an essential oil enthusiast who has received aromatherapy training in addition to advanced training in nutrition and restorative wellness. She teaches holistic nutrition and wellness classes in person and online. You can find her at www.NutriSimplicity.com.
Dealing with Skin Issues and Allergies? Start with these simple steps.
By Marie Olson, RWP, NTP
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As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I see clients for many different reasons.
Oftentimes, clients come to me seeking help with allergies or food sensitivities. Many times, these allergies and sensitivities can manifest themselves on the skin in the form of hives or rashes, and they aren’t sure what the root cause is. Sometimes, other issues that they’re experiencing are actually being caused by unknown sensitivities! I always start by addressing digestion, and this is how these sensitivities are often uncovered. I am providing my three-step program here for you to eliminate food sensitivities and allergies and help your body heal from the inside out!
First, you have to identify what’s causing the problem. The top 8 food allergens are Milk, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, Soy, Wheat and Eggs. That’s a good place to start, as many of the products are in many different foods! You have to be a food label detective, as oftentimes these ingredients can be found under other terms! If you suspect a specific product or ingredient, start with that.
After identifying your triggers, I suggest eliminating them for a period of time, at least two weeks, to see if your symptoms resolve or improve. After that, chances are since you’re feeling better without it, you may want to permanently eliminate that item, or you can try a small amount of it and see if your symptoms return. If so,there’s your culprit! Eliminate it for 3-6 months while you do some gut healing, and then you can re-introduce it to your diet and see if you experience any further symptoms or discomfort. A really easy test you can do if you’re not sure what food is causing you issues is the Coca Pulse test. This is a simple and free test that you can do at home. You can read instructions and download a log for keeping track of your results here.
Finally, you will re-evaluate your digestion, skin, and any other body systems that previously experienced symptoms or issues. If your symptoms have cleared up after eliminating your food triggers, then continue working on healing your body and reintroduce those items after a period of time and see if you still experience discomfort. Chances are, after healing your body from the inside out, you will be able to eat most foods again. There are some exceptions to this rule. I recommend if you have any type of autoimmune disease, that you permanently eliminate wheat and gluten from your diet. It is one of the hardest to digest proteins, and it contributes to inflammation in the body. It is best avoided. Healing your body entails eating and digesting properly – enough protein, fat and carbohydrates in the proper ratios, as well as from good sources, is key to recovery. You can read more about this on my blog here.
No matter how good your diet, if you’re not properly digesting your food, you will not be getting the nutrients you need to thrive! If you have impaired digestion, work with a Certified Nutritional
Therapist that can evaluate you, identify specific areas of need and make recommendations for supporting your body and helping you heal from the inside out.