The Facts About Food Sensitivity Testing

testingThere are people all over the world that have sensitivities to certain foods. While this is true, only a fraction of them are aware of what foods are making them feel less than stellar. If you are interested in figuring out which foods should be on your banned list, it would be a good idea to get sensitivity testing done. Here are some facts that will help you better understand the concept.

Food Sensitivity Is Different From Food Allergies

Unfortunately, many people believe that they are the same. They may go to an allergist and get testing done which may show that they are not allergic to anything, yet every time they consume certain foods, their bodies clearly have a reaction. This is because the symptoms of food allergies and intolerance are different. While people with allergies can risk their lives by consuming certain things, an intolerance is not fatal and usually leaves the sufferer with a bit of discomfort. Even though these are two totally different issues, you can go to an allergist to get food sensitivity testing.

You Can Test Yourself At Home

Even though you are not a medical professional, it is quite possible for you to conduct food sensitivity testing at home. There is a process called the LNT Coca Pulse test, which directly ties heart rate and pulse to food sensitivity. Many people that are in non-traditional medicine swear that this is the best way to save money while trying to get to the root of your food issues. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to save some money, this is not an arena where you want to take chances. Yes, it is very possible for you to complete the test and figure out what foods you need to stay away from, but it would be more accurate if you were tested by a professional.

You May Have To Make Drastic Changes After Testing

One thing that is baffling about many people that have been tested for food sensitivities is the fact that all of them don’t make the decision to change their diets. There is no point in wasting time and money to get tested when you don’t plan on doing anything about it. This may be very hard to do if you find out that the foods that have been giving you trouble are the same ones that you love so much. No one says that you have to cut these foods completely out of your diet, but doing so will give you much better results.

Getting tested for food sensitivities is a concept that many people are taking advantage of. With the influx of restaurants that offer food that is free of wheat, dairy, soy and other foods, it should be expected that more people will begin to wonder if these foods should be cut from their regular dietary rotation. Hopefully, you have learned enough here to help you decide whether or not this is something that you want to consider.

How Good Is A Treatment with Honey for Allergies?

The practice of treating allergies with honey is a controversial one. Many people swear that they have had a lot of success using honey for allergies, and swear by the idea that local honey is the most effective treatment for common allergic reactions. However, scientists have struggled to duplicate those results in clinical studies of honey for allergies.

honeyWith that said, the idea that honey is good for allergies is not a far-fetched one. Honey has been used as a cough suppressant throughout history and is also good for sore throats. There is also a long-standing old wive’s tale that says that honey has anti-inflammatory effects and can help to boost the immune system. So, it’s reasonable to think that honey could help to soothe certain allergies too, in particular seasonal allergic reactions to grass and pollen. These are the most common minor allergies today, so does honey work?

How Honey Might Help Hay Fever

One particular allergy that honey might be helpful for is hayfever. Hayfever is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. Modern medicine accepts that you can treat allergies by exposing the sufferer to very small amounts of the allergen on a regular basis, until the immune system gets used to them. Honey contains trace elements of the flower pollen that the bees used when making the honey. Therefore, in theory, honey could help to fight hayfever.

The process of repeated exposure to allergens is called immunotherapy. In theory, honey contains spores that are exactly the same as the ones that give hayfever sufferers problems. As long as you are eating local honey, then you will be getting exposed to the very thing that has been giving you a runny nose, sore eyes, and other symptoms. Sadly, you won’t get the same benefit by eating the honeys sold in supermarkets, because these are frequently imported from abroad or from other parts of the country, so you will be training your body to accept allergens that you are not exposed to on a day to day basis.

Just a Placebo?

There is, of course, the possibility that honey simply acts as a great-tasting placebo. However, that is no reason to stop using honey. After all, it does have other positive health effects and it is a very good substitute for sugar. Note that it is not wise to give honey to toddlers, because there is a small risk of infant botulism, a very serious (and sometimes fatal) form of food poisoning. Honey is generally safe for older children and adults to eat however.

The one downside to honey is that it is fairly expensive. There are more cost-effective, and faster acting, ways to combat allergies. Of course, if you don’t want to take medication, and you like the taste of honey, then by all means add a spoonful to your breakfast every day. You will enjoy the immune-system boosting benefits of this tasty food, and support local beekeepers at the same time. What better way to improve your health?