Food Sensitivities, Allergies & Immunity

Many people don’t realize that the food they are eating is causing their health problems. By discovering your food sensitivities, you can support your immune system and achieve sustainable wellness.

Many people suffer from food allergies and sensitivities. True food allergies (i.e. anaphylaxis and hives) are often obvious and simple to diagnose. Alternatively, food sensitivities can be much more elusive and confusing. A food sensitivity, also known as a delayed onset food allergy, can take up to 4 days for patients to see a reaction.

A few common issues that are often related to food sensitivities are:

  • Mood disorders (anxiety, depression ADD/ADHD)
  • Digestive disorders (IBS, IBD, chronic diarrhea or constipation)
  • Fatigue or malaise 
  • Chronic pain (arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic unexplained muscle or joint pain)
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Atopic conditions (allergies, asthma or eczema)
  • Recurrent infections (colds, sinusitis, dermatitis)
  • Autoimmune disorders

That’s right…this means the sinus congestion or knee pain you’re experiencing today may be related to the handful of almonds or string cheese you ate 3 days ago. With the help of specialty lab testing Dr. Branson can measure IgE and/or IgG blood antibody levels to a wide variety of foods. The results are then used to formulate a patient specific dietary program. A diet that works you’re your body’s immune system, rather than against it. Removing immune mediated reactions to foods will decrease inflammation, support the immune system and increase your overall health and vitality!

Let food be your medicine when addressing:

  • Food Sensitivities
  • Allergies
  • Immune Support
Food Sensitivities

People commonly eat foods that they don’t realize are negatively impacting their health, and they don’t even know it! There are the obvious foods that many people think to avoid for health reasons, such as dairy and gluten containing grains. However, many food sensitivities are not quite as obvious. There are many other foods that your immune system can be reacting to. IgG food sensitivity testing can be very helpful in assessing the optimal diet that works with your immune system rather than against it.

Allergies

Seasonal allergies are associated with a hyper alert immune system. Underlying food allergens may be irritating the immune system exaggerating seasonal allergies. If necessary, allergic rhinitis and sinusitis can be managed with natural antihistamines. Dr. Branson’s goal for each patient is to completely relieve seasonal allergies with interventions like elimination of food allergies or sensitivities.

Immune Support

The first step to supporting the immune system is removing immune irritants. Identifying and removing current food sensitivities is a great start to improving immune health. There are many nutrients, botanicals and supplements that support immune system function. Prevention is always the best cure! Many things impact immune system health, most notably digestive health, so Dr. Branson analyzes each patient holistically and addresses any ancillary issues as well.