Monday, 17 October 2016 17:33

Food Sensitivities

Does this sound like you or your loved ones?
Do you wake feeling fatigued and unable to get out of bed?

Perhaps you suffer from Flu-like symptoms; muscle and joint pain, depression, and mental confusion; brain fog, sore throat or swollen lymph nodes.

Chronic fatigue, arthritis, colitis, IBS, fibromyalgia and other immune disorders have become common diagnoses. Many of the people who develop immune disorders were once naturally energetic, highly motivated individuals who woke up one day and realized their body had crashed, barely able to walk, think or function like they once did.

Since the mid-1990’s Food Allergies have gone from being pretty rare to very common. An estimated 6-8% of children under the age of 3 in Canada now have food allergies. That’s approximately 30,000 children and the numbers continue to rise.

Certain factors can predispose a person to develop food allergies such as genetics. (One or both parents are allergy sufferers.)
The second -most common cause of the development of sensitivities is poor digestion. If a food is not being properly digested, it may eventually begin to trigger a sensitivity reaction in the body.

A Food Allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly identifies a food as a harmful substance and launches an attack against it. This triggers the release of antibodies whose goal is to destroy and eliminate the food (bad guy) through different responses in the body.
It involves the excess production of an IgE Antibody which triggers the release of histamine and other chemicals from cell tissues producing various sensitivity symptoms.

These antibodies create the symptoms of a food allergy such as rash or hives, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, itchy skin, shortness of breath, chest pain and anaphylaxis.
Although a person can develop allergies to practically any substance, the most common allergens include pollen, dust, dust mites, animal dander, feathers, cosmetics, mould, insect venom, chemicals, drugs, and foods.
Peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, milk and dairy products, eggs, wheat and soy are the most common food allergens.

An allergic response is fast and very noticeable. The reactions can change very quickly from mild to severe in the worse cases causing anaphylactic shock and closing of the airway. (Often found with peanut and shellfish allergies).

A Food Intolerance occurs when an ingredient or compound in a food irritates a person’s digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest the food. But, wait.... all of the above symptoms can be present with a food intolerance too.

There are a number of factors that may influence food intolerance. In some cases, as with lactose intolerance, the person lacks the chemicals to properly digest certain proteins found in food. While food allergies can be triggered by the smallest amount of the food in question, food intolerances are sometimes dose related and may not occur unless the person intolerant consumes a large portion of the food. For example, a person with lactose intolerance may be able to drink milk in coffee but will become sick if she drinks an entire glass of milk.

Keeping a food journal and tracking what you ate when symptoms occur can generally help diagnose food intolerances. Another way to diagnose food intolerance is to go on an elimination diet, which involves completely eliminating any suspect foods from your diet until you are symptom-free.
You then begin to reintroduce the foods, one at a time. This can help you pinpoint which foods cause symptoms. Seek the advice of your health care provider/ Holistic Nutritionist before beginning an elimination diet to be sure your diet provides adequate nutrition.

There are several ways to decipher Food Intolerances. Electrodermal Screening is a safe and effective, non-invasive way to test for food intolerances, then determine how to help the body properly digest these foods.

Throughout the month of October, I am having a Special on my Food Intolerance Screening with EDS $159 plus HST. Results are done on the spot. (Also available is a Blood Spot Test Kit and results take approximately 3 weeks. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Dee at 519-270-1889 to book your spot.

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Thursday, 20 December 2012 08:39

Deanna Trask RHN

Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Deanna graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2008 and set up practice in Owen Sound, Ontario.  Following which, she completed her Electrodermal Screening education with world renown Naturopath Dr. Robert Cass at The Academy of International BioEnergetic Sciences in London, Ontario.
Deanna's passion is education and sharing that with her many clients as they work together to devise a suitable plan to help the body return to balance.  Knowing that the Holistic approach is integral to clients' success, and feeling a profound connection to the Energy Body, Deanna has also completed her First and Second Degree Reiki Training in Usui Reiki, as well as Level 1&2 Chakra Balancing.
" I lost my mother to cancer when I was only 24.  She was 44 at the time, and taken way too soon.  I could never understand why she had to be taken from us so young and full of life.  She was not one to party, drink or smoke and lived her life simply. I struggled with the meaning behind this for many years.  I believe it is what lead me to change my career path from Business Manager to a Holistic Health Practitioner.  I wanted to insure that no one else in my family would have to suffer with such grave illness, and if I could learn how to improve the lives of my family it would some how honour her life.  I am privledged to work with my many clients young, old, male, female; seeing their improvements gives me more incentive to further my education so that I may better serve them."
Deanna's passion is to help people shed old patterns and emerge like a butterfly from a cocoon.  Change is easy when you have the support and guidance to take simple steps one at a time.  Each client is listened to and supported from where they are, and strategies implemented are created with the client in mind.   Nutritional changes, supplement guidance, and cleansing are all utilized alongside energetic healing such as reiki and chakra healing.  The EAV/EDS is also another tool used when creating a supplement plan to support digestive issues, hormone balance, and detoxification. 
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