What is a food intolerance?
Dr. Wendy Wells treats each individual as unique. We all differ in how well we digest our food. Some simply do not have the enzymes to digest certain foods. Celiac’s Disease or Lactose intolerance is the classic example. It is a huge misnomer that these people are the only ones with food intolerances. Everyone has some degree of food intolerance. Food intolerance leads to improper digestion which leads to food particles that putrefy in the GI tract and cause toxicity and inflammation. When people stop eating these foods or food combinations, they feel better!
What happens when I eat foods I cannot digest (food intolerance)?
These partially digested materials are deemed foreign to the blood and an immune response ensues. They can also interfere with normal functioning of the body and they can lead to chronic disease.
What is the difference between food intolerance and food allergy?
Food allergy is when the body has an allergic reaction to a food particle that entered the blood stream. Food intolerance is described above.
Avoiding food allergies, such as gluten allergy, may help you feel some better in the short term. Your symptoms of food allergy may dissipate. However, the problem is not the gluten, the problem is in the gastrointestinal tract. A poor gastrointestinal lining is why your body allowed the gluten into your bloodstream. This problem is often termed “leaky gut”.
How can I find out my food intolerances?
Food intolerance can be determined by a simple blood sample. This method identifies foods which are not well digested or metabolized in a particular body. These foods are a source of maldigestion, intestinal toxemia, dysbiosis, and chronic irritation to body tissues. Dr. Wendy Wells is one of the only physicians that uses this method of treating food sensitivities in Scottsdale and food sensitivities in Phoenix.
What are the symptoms of food intolerance?
Often patients report multiple symptoms such as headaches, constipation, diarrhea, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, aches and pains, weight issues, depression, insomnia, asthma, anxiety, ADHD, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, eczema, PMS.
The body may or may not “react” immediately to these foods when eaten. Reactions can vary from sneezing, coughing, mild itching, to less noticeable chronic reactions that can lead to a variety of health issues. Regardless, these partially digested materials weigh heavily on our immune system, leave toxic residue in our gastrointestinal tract that causes dis-ease in the body.
For those interested other allergy testing is available through US Biotek and ALCAT Labs at our office.