Chen Ben Asher, Mor’s Functional Nutrition, Cupertino: Is Inflammation from Food Allergy Real and cause Weight Problems?

There are so many foods available on the market that seemingly attract various customers. More and more people choose to eat time to time during the day instead of having fixed meals. These are just some of the problems that in most of the times lead to bigger or smaller problems. One of the issues that need attention is a food allergy and weight. It takes times to discover that it is a real problem and even longer time is necessary to understand how to fix it.

How food allergy leads to inflammation?

Food allergies and being overweight cause inflammation. If the allergies don’t have to do just with the digestive system, a person will gain weight as a result of inflammation and cravings for food that is similar to food addiction. The most obvious symptoms of inflammation are:

  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Unexplainable warmth

An interesting fact about inflammation

Interestingly enough, chronic inflammation might be without apparent symptoms. A person can be overweight due to inflammation and not even realize that it is due to that. Then “the macrophages release inflammatory chemicals in the fatty tissues as they are cleaning up.”[1]

Have you eaten a piece of chocolate bar or an orange and felt even hungrier than before? Or do you have urges to eat particular food no matter what? This might have to do with food sensitivities that cause to crave for food that they are allergic. The problem is much bigger than you might think. Clinical ecologists believe that many chronic health issues are due to “allergies to foods and chemicals and affect approximately one-third of the population living in industrialized countries.”[2]

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Allergy symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Hyperactivity
  • Schizophrenia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Depression

These and other symptoms become more severe when in contact with the food that provokes allergy. Very common is water retention and edema that also contributes to obesity. But once the harmful fuel is removed, a person can experience a rapid weight loss. Board certified nutrition specialist Chen Ben Asher could give one example that is one patient who found out that she is sensitive to dairy products. She turned to bread and beer instead of milk and cheese. That means that she was consuming, even more, calories but still managed to lose about 15 (!) pound in the first month with zero effort regarding limiting calories. The next time she came to the office, Chen noticed that her pants become very loose.

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Food allergy or sensitivity is an important aspect that needs further evaluation to deal with inflammation and weight gain or loss. A specialist help might help to understand this phenomenon better before it turns into more severe health problems that you can read about here.

Reference:

[1] Inflammation and Overweight. Accessed from: http://www.foodallergyandglutenfreeweightloss.com/inflammation.html

[2] Food Addiction, Food Allergy and Overweight. Accessed from: http://www.springboard4health.com/notebook/health_food_addiction.html

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