By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Many people contact our clinic and ask for a food allergy test to be run on them. Many say that there are certain foods they need to pinpoint that their immune system is reacting to but they cannot figure it out. Some people even stop eating meat (chicken, turkey, beef, pork) in hope to feel better but they are very unsure if they need to eat a vegan or vegetarian diet or not. There is plenty of information online that supports the vegetarian diet to help reduce pain and inflammation but not everyone wants to give up an easy source of protein. Plus not everyone needs to give up meat and poultry.
All of our food allergy test panels cover an abundance of foods. These all include chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish, beans and nuts which all provide protein to our body. Most of the time these tests come back with normal levels of results for meats and poultry, but sometimes one of these foods are positive and are creating health challenges for people. I can remember a little boy that came in to our clinic with his mom. She did a great job feeding him an anti inflammatory diet (removed gluten, dairy , soy, peanut and reduced egg). He was still enjoying all of the meat and poultry foods. His symptoms of ADHD got 50% better but that was not enough for either of us! So we ran a food allergy test on him and chicken was positive. So, instead of gluten free chicken tenders, she made gluten free turkey tenders and his symptoms got 100% better! Time went on and he can add chicken back in just not as often as he was eating it.
If you would like to know which proteins are the best for you and IF your health may benefit from a vegetarian diet get tested before you change your diet! Different foods cause inflammation and symptoms in everyone, no test result is the same for 2 people.
To eat vegetarian or not? Get the facts before you change your lifestyle!
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Medical disclaimer: A food allergy test and all other testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.