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Food Allergy Testing
by Dr. Selene Wilkinson, Naturopathic Doctor
Do you suffer from bloating, gas, IBS, test, I can help you determine foods caused by stress, anti-inflammatory
unexplained weight gain, skin condi- that your body agrees with and foods drugs, candida overgrowth, EFA
tions, headaches or mood disorders? that you are sensitive to and should deficiencies, and excessive alcohol
If so, it may be time to look into food avoid. consumption. This can also be
allergy testing. treated by removing the food allergens
How is the test performed? for a period of time, healing the gut
IgE versus IgG food allergies and then slowly re-introducing the
Only a small amount of blood from a foods.
While most people are familiar with IgE prick on your finger is required to
food reactions, the type that have complete the test. Once completed, How to prepare and have the test
rapid reactions and occur within the blood sample is sent to the performed
minutes of consumption of a specific laboratory for analysis. Results are
food and can cause life-threatening returned to the clinic within approxi- If you are interested in having this test
allergies (e.g. peanut allergies), we can mately three weeks. performed, you can book an appoint-
also have IgG reactions to food that ment with me at the Adelaide Health
may take hours or days to develop. In When the food sensitivities are Clinic by calling 416-367-5200. Be
an IgG reaction, the IgG antibodies determined, I work with my patients to sure that you have consumed a variety
attach themselves to the allergen and create a customized, balanced diet of foods before attending your
create an antibody-allergen complex. which may resolve uncomfortable appointment.
These complexes are normally symptoms. Foods which are "reactive"
removed by special cells called are to be avoided for a period of time,
macrophages. However, if they are while the gut is given a chance to heal
present in large numbers and the and then eventually the foods can be
allergen is still being consumed, the slowly reintroduced. In some cases, it
macrophages can’t keep up. The may be necessary for the patient to
allergen-antibody complexes accumu- permanently avoid the reactive food(s).
late and are deposited in body tissues.
Once in the tissue, these complexes Leaky Gut Syndrome
release inflammation causing chemi-
cals that may contribute to both acute An allergy test report that shows high
and chronic disease. reactivity to most of the foods the
patient regularly eats is suggestive of
The AllerGSpot Test leaky gut syndrome, which is caused
by an overload of antibody-allergen
The AllerGSpot tests for possible complexes that can cause inflamma-
sensitivities to a minimum of 96 tion in the lining of the gut. The
different foods. If you are experienc- inflamed gut allows food particles to
ing symptoms such as, IBS, digestive leak through the gut lining into the
discomfort, headaches, extreme peritoneal cavity, provoking production
fatigue, skin conditions, recurrent of antibodies to attack the perceived
illness or depressed immune function, foreign invader (the food particle).
you should consider this test. With this Leaky gut syndrome can also be
Is Bread the New Cake?
by Mary Bamford, Registered Dietitian
Bread is an easy choice. It is a staple in many people’s eating patterns.
What is the threshold for having too much bread? At what point
is it a treat, like cake?
First for "white" or refined grains
If you care about your waist size, then you want to avoid or
strictly limit your intake of white or refined grains....in other One promising area of research is related to the acid-base
words think of white bread as you would cake. balance of diets. Grains create a more acidic environment
in the body while vegetables and fruits are broken down
Refined grains mean the most nutrient dense parts of the into more alkaline or basic components--yes even acidic
grain are removed--the germ and the bran. All that is left is fruits like lemons and oranges metabolize to be alkaline in
the starchy calories. Our body handles these starchy the body. When we eat a lot of grains, the body breaks
calories the exact same way it handles table sugar. A single down bone and muscle to neutralize the acid
slice of white bread looks like 4 to 5 teaspoons of sugar to produced. Over time, weak bones and weak muscles lead
our insides....so yes that is a lot like cake. to frailty, osteoporosis and fractures.
Research evidence is finally emerging to prove that not only This is fascinating stuff, but not conclusive. So the
does white bread look like sugar to our bodies, but it acts final answer about too much is not available. In the
like sugar! A recent large and long-term study meantime it does no harm and is definitely beneficial to eat
published in The American Journal of Clinical more vegetables and fruit while reducing grain intake.
Nutrition compared visceral belly fat and waist
circumference of whole grain eaters vs. refined grain If you are still uncertain of the best choices for you
eaters. It is well established that a larger waist personally, consult with either of Adelaide Clinic’s
circumference and more visceral fat (the fat beneath your Registered Dietitians to get help making choices and
abdominal muscles, that mingles with your vital organs) is a changes that are optimal for your unique health and lifestyle
significant risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, cancer needs. Healthy and delicious eating can be part of busy
and premature death. lifestyle.
People who eat 4 servings of refined grains per day So is bread the new cake?
had much larger waists and more visceral fat than White bread yes. Whole grain, not so much...but choose
people who did not---even if they also ate whole to eat not so much.
grains. People who ate at least 3 servings of 100% whole
grains per day avoided refined grains had 10% less visceral
fat than those who regularly consumed white grains. So what is the ideal proportion
of different foods at meals?
Second...Can we eat too much 100% whole grain?
• For every ½ cup of cooked whole grain (or 1 slice of
We absolutely need 3-4 servings of a variety of whole grains bread) have 1 cup of vegetables or fruit and
each day to meet our nutrient needs. A serving is about a • ½ cup of meat or meat alternative.
half to 3/4 of a cup per meal of cooked grains like oatmeal, • Optional 1 cup of milk or ¾ cup of yogurt (for one
brown rice, quinoa, pot barley, wheat berries, stone ground meal a day, this can be replace your meat or meat
cornmeal, popcorn and whole grain pasta. alternative)
Newer research is emerging to suggest that after we have For smaller appetites this will be enough food. If you are
had 3-4 whole grain servings, it may be better to fill up on still hungry, add more vegetables and fruit or increase all
fruits and vegetables rather than more grains. food groups proportionally.
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