Last week, Dr. Fine told us about allergies and if they are not treated properly they can turn into chronic diseases. He gives tips on what symptoms to look for and when you should go in to visit your doctor. This week, we will continue the series ” Spring Fatigue, Allergies and Stuffy Noses” to learn more about what precautions you can take.
Dr. Fine says that sometimes allergies manifest themselves but the whole-body side effects don’t just involve the nose or the respiratory tract some people can be run down, worn out, they can be tired, they can have abdominal symptoms like constipation or diarrhea. You can have chronic bowel pains, stomach pains, cramping, trouble with acid reflux and all of these symptoms of chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that can be allergies to certain components of food.
The most common foods are shellfish, peanuts, eggs, soy, but there are a lot of added things that are packaged or canned or frozen foods. Dr. Fine says that if you read the labels, and if there are more than a handful of things in there, then there are a lot of artificial ingredients that have the potential allergens that people. This can cause low grade symptoms from that they need to eliminate. It’s hard to eliminate certain ingredients in your diet when there are 50 ingredients in something. A lot of these things we can test for and usually the best way to eat if you have some kind of chronic disease is to eliminate everything that is prepackaged or canned and stick with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats.
Dr. Fine mentions that a lot of people think that they are gluten intolerant or have celiac and it is a diagnosis that has become more prominent but it usually just 1 out of every 250 people that have it so, it is fairly rare where you actually get symptoms by having bread, rice, pasta beer anything with gluten in it. Soy sauce has gluten, a lot of prepackaged foods have gluten in it or soy that can cause those symptoms in those gluten sensitive people.
There is a lot of evidence that there is a lot of diagnosis, self-diagnosis, by patients that they are gluten intolerant and they end up limiting things in their diet that they don’t need to then they end up getting nutrition deficiencies because of it and we don’t want that so there are two ways to find out. You can find out from a blood test or a biopsy test. Dr. Fine said that most people don’t need to get a scope down their throat to get a biopsy of your stomach area to document the actual celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
Dr. Fine suggest trial of elimination for a full month is suggested first and if those correlate with the elimination of your symptoms then you might want to continue eliminating those things if you are not sure if you are getting adequate nutrition or over eliminating foods, you might want to go to your doctor and get checked for all the symptoms that you are having.