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stri8ed

Member Since 16 Jun 2011
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In Topic: Seemingly Intolerant To Nearly All Foods

18 August 2015 - 04:57 PM

@stri8ted 

 

Thanks very much for your reply. I think I might have to try a rotational diet. Its a bit overwhelming. How long did you have to do the diet for ? how are you now ? 

 

Many thanks

 

It may seem overwhelming at first, but like all things, once you do it for long enough it becomes second nature. More importantly, if it works, then it is well worth the effort.

 

I did the rotation diet for a year or so. It took some time for me to get it right, as I still had to identify all the foods I already had problems with, so I could exclude them from the diet. The rotation diet actually helped me identify problematic foods. It seems by not eating the food trigger every day, the symptoms became more acute when I did consume it. Currently, I can eat any of the foods I was previously intolerant to, without experiencing a reaction. It's very possible I could have done the rotation diet for a shorter period of time, with the same results, but there is no way to know.

 

If are are overwhelmed at the prospect of maintaining such a diet, why not implement it for a few weeks as an experiment, and see it helps prevent developing intolerances to further foods.


In Topic: Seemingly Intolerant To Nearly All Foods

07 August 2015 - 11:20 AM

Hi, 

 

Funilly enough my symptoms are very similar to yours. I went gluten free, felt great after a couple of weeks. then slowly developed allergies / reactions to other foods and now it seems like I'm running out of runway. 

 

Does anyone have a diet to suggest which I can follow which can reduce my diet back to the very basics so I can re-introduce new foods over time? 

 

Thanks.

 

Been there before. What I found is, identifying and avoiding problematic foods is not enough, as you may start developing sensitivities to the new foods. You need to get the core of the issue: A hyper-permeable (or leaky) gut allows non-fully digested food parts into the bloodstream. These food-parts are large enough to stimulate the immune system, which then may become "sensitized" to them. So as you can see, given a leaky gut, any arbitrary food may over time become problematic.

 

The solution that worked for me is implementing a 4 day rotation diet. It seems there is a certain threshold of antigens which the immune system will tolerate before sensitization occurs. So the idea behind a rotation diet, would be to keep the antigen concentrations for a given food below that threshold. Here is an image I copied out of an immunology book, which seems to relate nicely:

 

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In my case, I was doing a 4 day rotation diet to avoid developing further sensitivities, and In spite of this, I had developed new sensitivities (primarily to high protein foods). I found what worked for me, is limiting the protein content to 15 - 20 grams, of a given food, on a 4 day rotation. This makes sense when you consider the immune system is primarily stimulated by proteins. Though I suspect for most people, this additional restriction may not be necessary.

 

In my experience, and many others, once you can identify and avoid all the foods you are sensitive to (and prevent new sensitivities), after some time (months/years) you will be able to eat those foods again, with no reaction.


In Topic: Igg Testing Questions

18 March 2015 - 02:39 PM

Is this IgG test a blood test? If so, can any general family doctor run the test? Thanks in advance!

 

Yes, it is a blood test. However, the basis for using IGG levels as a means for diagnosing food-intolerance's has not been scientifically proven. So you average doctor may be uninterested in, or not familiar with the test.

 

I agree with StephanieL, in that the only reliable way to determine a food-intolerance is by eliminated the food for a few weeks, and then reintroducing it, and observing how you respond.

 

Here is a quote taken from Genova-Diagnostics, a leading provider of the IGG tests:

 

If you were on steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or if you were not consuming a tested food, the test probably will not show a positive reaction. If you are already on an elimination diet due to known food reactions, a negative result on an IgG4 food antibody profile does not necessarily mean you can freely eat the food without experiencing symptoms. Reintroduce any previously reactive foods with caution.

 

 

It seems more likely IGG levels simply reflect the contents of your diet, not which foods you are intolerant to. Though, if one has a leaky gut, its quite likely they will have developed intolerance's to many of the foods they are currently eating. This is probably why some people find the test to be "effective".


In Topic: Does Dairy Affect Your Mood And Mind?

16 March 2015 - 06:32 AM

Yes, it does. I have multiple food sensitivities, including dairy. One of my worst symptoms is depression & mood swings. For me, it usually comes on around 15 minutes after consuming the food, along with muscle-twitching, rapid heart-rate, and overall feelings of "agitation".

 

The best way to find out if dairy is affecting you negatively, is to avoid it for a period of time (few weeks), and then reintroduce it, and observe how you respond to it.


In Topic: Igg Testing Questions

16 March 2015 - 06:05 AM

Hi. Having high IGG for a particular food is not a definitive marker of intolerance/allergy. One can have have super high levels toward a food, and still tolerate it just fine. I think its best to look at the test results as a "hint" as to what might be triggering your symptoms. Personally, I would start by avoiding all the positive foods (if possible), and slowly reintroduce the foods one at a time, while carefully observing for negative reactions. I would also consider starting a rotation diet with your new foods, to prevent developing intolerance to them. Doing so has been very helpful in my experience.

 

The reason you are having a hard time finding concrete answers for whats considered high etc.., is because the science behind the method (IGG food allergies) is still lacking, hence the idea to look at it as a "hint".


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