Avoiding the top ten allergy foods can make a HUGE difference to your life.
“Food allergy” and “food intolerance” are buzzwords these days, with millions of pounds and dollars being spent on testing each year.
But is this testing actually needed?
Well, in some cases I do think it can be very helpful – I’ve been able to detect food sensitivity in many clients using these tests.
But equally, I’ve worked with people who ran the testing and then discovered that foods deemed harmless by the tests were actually causing major symptoms.
Before I give you a list of the top ten allergy foods that seem to cause the most problems for people, let’s explore the problems associated with food allergy tests.
One of the big problems wit expensive food allergy testing is that there are at least a half dozen ways the immune system can react against foods.
We have IgA, IgE, IgG, lectin and T-cell reactions, and possibly some others.
Most of the tests out there only covers one of these types of reactions.
As a result, to test all types of reactions for all foods is a complete pain in the ass, and ends up costing a small fortune.
…and we must remember that there aren’t even tests for some of the different immune reactions.
It’s also important to realise that in many cases, one major food reaction – gluten, for example – may lead to problems with other foods.
Simply eliminating gluten can resolve all the issues, even if a fancy food allergy test shows that several foods are causing problems.
A heightened immune response caused by chronic bacterial overgrowth, H. pylori, Candida and parasites may also lead to food reactions, and it’s actually the bugs that need to be dealt with before the food intolerances go away.
Even basic dysbiosis (microbial imbalance) may alter your tolerance to foods. In fact, it’s proposed that some autoimmune conditions, including coeliac disease, are triggered by changes in bacterial balance in your gut (see the work of Alessio Fassano for more details).
Finally, deficiencies in key nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin D can trigger food reactions.
As a unique individual, you can react to any food. I’ve worked with clients who had severe reactions to innocuous foods such as bananas and broccoli.
But most experienced clinicians I’ve spoken with acknowledge that there is a short list of foods that seem to cause problems for most people.
You might think of it in terms of the 80/20 rule – 20% of the foods cause 80% of the problems.
Here’s a list of foods (in only a loose order of priority) that I recommend you avoid to see if you feel better:
* I don’t think sugar causes allergic responses in people too much, but it seems to cause many problems when people have imbalanced gut flora.
Additional foods I find to be irritating for people are under cooked and raw greens, such as broccoli and cabbage.
Phew – that’s a big list
It’s very rare indeed to find someone who has problems with all the top ten allergy foods, and it may be tough to avoid them all at once.
I recommend you avoid them 3-4 at a time for 3-4 weeks at a time and gauge the way you feel.
Alternatively, avoid them all for a month, then reintroduce them one at a time.
If you feel notably worse on reintroducing a food, then you know it’s likely to be a problem for you.
Even if you remove the above foods from your diet, there are still plenty of healthy alternatives.
Give it a try!
Hopefully you’ll feel better if you avoid even a few of the top ten allergy foods – it’s worth giving it a go.
Of course, myself nor anyone else can guarantee you will feel better when you avoid these foods, but in my experience there is usually a degree of improvement.
Other variables may need to be looked at, and this is where we can help.
SIBO testing, stool tests, urine tests and other clinical tools can quickly help you uncover the reasons why you’re feeling under the weather.
A case review and consultation cuts to the chase and gives you a personalised road map that enables you to make rapid progress because:
I’m biased, but I think we can help you save a lot of time and end any confusion you have about your symptoms.
For now, try avoiding those foods!