Are You Struggling With Food Allergies and Weight?
I will never forget the female patient that was struggling to lose weight and the culprit was a food allergy to almonds. Her metabolic labs were perfect but when we run labs for food allergies the answers were shocking.
As a whole, a food allergy will not directly affect weight loss, but the inflammation caused by the food will.
I cook a dish with parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, and green beans. A few hours later, I look like I gained weight. I tested myself for food allergies and parsnips were positive.
When you look at food allergies and how they affect your weight, it is vital to test two immune pathways (IgG and IgA), not just one.
IgG food allergy reactions will affect your entire body’s inflammation response, including weight loss or gain. Parsnips showed up for me in the IgG immune pathway, which made me swell whenever I ate them.
IgA food allergy reactions directly affect your gut and the ability to digest and break down a particular food.
Can Food Allergies Affect Weight?
I have been helping people lose weight and fix their metabolism for over 30 years. It is vital to make sure the metabolism is working properly so weight loss can occur.
As a general rule in my practice, I run testing for food allergies and weight loss struggles on all my clients because I have repeatedly seen that food allergies can affect weight loss or weight gain.
The symptoms of a food allergy and weight differ from your traditional reactions of coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes. But they can be just as harmful to your body and health.
For instance, think of inflammation and the saying that inflammation causes disease. I have often seen that when I test inflammation markers like c-reactive protein, and the result is high, the next step is running food allergy testing.
When the patient removes the problem foods from their diet, the c-reactive protein and inflammation go down, and so does my client’s weight.
Can Eating Allergens Cause Weight Gain?
A mom brought her 14-year-old daughter in to see me. Mom was worried about her daughter and thought that food allergies were causing her to look very swollen from head to toe, and she was overweight.
Since she was only 14, we did not talk about weight loss as we did not want her to feel bad; we spoke of the word inflammation instead. She had one strong symptom of food allergies causing weight gain: an addictiveness to certain foods. She told me she is always hungry and will eat in the middle of the night when everyone else sleeps. And the food she craved was bread.
I ran my favorite food allergy test and added complete gluten intolerance to the panel. A gluten allergy showed up very high. Her emotional reaction to the results was like she was addicted to the food. Gluteomorphine was the most heightened reaction, indicating a morphine-like response to gluten.
The results were truly remarkable. Mom and the 14-year-old girl agreed to remove gluten from her diet. She lost weight, her appetite normalized, her school work improved, and so did her confidence and smile.
Can Food Allergies Prevent You From Losing Weight?
Another important aspect regarding food and weight is the categories of food. I often see a group of foods like fats or proteins test positive for food allergies preventing a client from losing weight. We have proteins, vegetables, fruit, fats, and grains.
We have all heard of good fat and bad fat. But what happens when good fat is terrible for weight loss? The result is that the person will struggle to lose weight until that group of foods is eliminated from their daily diet.
I had a fitness expert come in to see me as a client. She exercises daily and eats a healthy diet but struggles to lose 10 pounds. We ran IgG / IgA food allergy testing to see what foods were best and worst for her to eat. To our surprise, almost every type of fat, nuts, seeds, olives, and fish tested high.
The results were astonishing. She changed her diet to lean and green, removed most fats, and not only did she lose weight, but she felt stronger and looked younger.
Why Do We Gain Weight When We Have Allergies?
Chronic inflammation is the underlying cause of many confusing weight loss cases. When inflammation is high, cortisol can be elevated, ad then blood sugar, leading to even more weight gain and excess hunger and frustration.
If you are struggling with food allergies and weight, here is the test I run on my clients to get them the answers they need.
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Hey! I’m Alane Wincek. I grew up on sugar and plenty of junk food and had no clue how my diet effected my health.
I changed my life and have worked as a holistic nutritionist and naturopath, for over the last 30 years. I help people get healthy, fit and lean, find hormone happiness and recover from all sorts health challenges.
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