Food Allergy Testing for Eating Disorders, Anorexics, Bulimics, and Overeaters – Part 1

March 19, 2009 at 1:53 am 1 comment

I labeled this post “Food Allergy testing for Eating Disorders” but I will actually be discussing what is known as “Food Sensitivity Testing.” I labeled it this way because most people don’t know food sensitivity exists.  A food sensitivity is a bit different from food allergy in that food sensitivity causes a delayed onset reaction to food anywhere from 2 hours to 4 days after ingestion.  Food allergy generally has an immediate effect on the immune system.

A food sensitivity won’t kill you – like a food allergy can- but it will present you with a slew of symptoms such as digestive symptoms, headaches, rashes, fatigue, weight gain/loss etc. This may seem obvious – but what isn’t so obvious is that food sensitivity can trigger eating disorders.  

By straining the immune system and not allowing for proper digestion and nutrient absorption, food sensitivity confuses the system.  Some people who binge eat (overeaters, bulimics) are simply attempting to make up for lost nutrients- nutrients not properly absorbed due to a hidden food sensitivity.  Some anorexics starve themselves because they are sensitive to food and it makes them sick to eat it.  If those with eating disorders realized they were sensitive to certain foods, they could cut those foods out of their diets and potentially have an easier time in the healing process.  It is also a big relief to a person struggling with an eating disorder to realize that the “disease” is not all mental – there may be a physical/medical problem hiding under the guise of eating disorder.

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