Your "healthy" diet may be making you sick – LIVING WELL Magazine

Your “Healthy” Diet May be Making You Sick

By Ricky Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP, FAAIM, PMA Wellness, New Orleans LIVING WELL Magazine

Hippocrates was once reported to have said “Let thy food be your medicine and your medicine thy food.” Eating wholesome, healthy food is one thing, but eating these foods in accordance with one’s own, unique, genetically determined biochemical makeup is something altogether different. The reason for this difference is something called food intolerance.

Food intolerance is a complex, individualized biochemical sensitivity to those foods that are otherwise wholesome and harmless. This sensitivity causes the immune system to react as if it were protecting the body from a foreign invader such as bacteria or viruses. Food intolerance induces inflammation and the excessive generation of toxic free radicals and immune chemicals, often resulting in the occurrence of metabolic, chronic and degenerative diseases as well as contributing to obesity. Intolerances to food and food additives have been linked to digestive problems, migraines, skin and joint problems, and several other health conditions. When trigger foods are avoided, inflammation resolves, weight normalizes, and a number of inflammatory based health problems subside.

Fortunately, it is possible to lose weight and feel great utilizing a scientifically verified test and eating program that can dramatically change one’s life. The ALCAT test measures food intolerances using proprietary technology that measures whole blood against an array of antigens in order to look for an immune response. For nearly 25 years, the ALCAT test has provided a tool to help successfully overcome a variety of health conditions that often result from food and chemical sensitivities. Additionally, discovering and eliminating hidden food intolerances from the diet can result in the effortless shedding of excessive pounds. In a study conducted at Baylor Medical College, reported in the medical weight loss journal The Baratrician, 98% of the participants who eliminated their trigger foods lost weight, reduced body fat, and gained lean muscle tissue.

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