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Can food allergies lead to weight gain?

Food allergies and weight problems are intimately related. If you are having difficulty losing weight, it may be because you have a food allergy or sensitivity preventing you to do so. Inflammation occurs in response to many different stimuli including injuries, irritants and pathogens. It is a process where your body’s immune system responds by sending proteins and white blood cells to the irritated area in order to repair the damaged tissue. Inflammation from food allergies inactivates leptin, which is the body’s main weight control hormone. Your immune system produces anti-inflammatory chemicals to offset inflammation, and these chemicals restrict the ability of leptin to function properly. When you overeat, the leptin levels in your body rise, which results in an increased metabolic rate and a decrease in appetite. If you have inflammation due to a food allergy, this process does not occur, and it leaves you with a slow metabolic rate and a hungry appetite.

Eating foods that trigger an allergic reaction and inflammation also cause secretion of epinephrine from your adrenal glands, which triggers a hormonal cascade that ultimately results in the storage of fat rather than the breakdown of fat. Epinephrine causes glycogen (stored glucose) breakdown in the liver, which increases the amount of sugar in your bloodstream. When high sugar levels are detected, insulin is released. High levels of insulin activate the enzyme lipoprotein lipase, which catalyzes the synthesis of fats. It also inhibits the enzyme triglyceride lipase, which is one of the important enzymes in the break down of stored fats.

If you have been struggling to lose weight and tried diet and exercise, there is a high possibility that it may be due to food allergies and intolerances. Food triggers can be easily identified by a simple blood test. If you are interested in identifying what foods could be causing inflammation and developing a personalized treatment plan, please contact Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center at (206)-319-5322

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Where you get your food allergy testing matters!

The problem with the standard food allergy tests, run by most doctors, allergists, and dermatologists is that they missing out very important food allergy reactions in the testing methods. Most clinics tests for IgE reactions only, which is only found in a small population. Most food allergies are not IgE mediated but are rather IgG reactions or sometimes IgA reactions, such as in celiac disease.

 

IgE hypersensitivity immune response is commonly known as a food allergy.  This reaction typically occurs very quickly (minutes to hours) after eating an offending food and symptoms are generally severe.  Many are aware of food allergies causing anaphylaxis (the most common example being peanuts and kids) but they may also experience itchy lips/tongue/throat, stuffy nose, headaches, belly ache, diarrhea, gas, bloating, skin reactions, and sudden fatigue.  This test is typically done through the blood or a skin prick test. However most adults have their ‘trigger food’ figured out because the reaction is so quick.  If ice cream causes immediate diarrhea, or strawberries create lip swelling, and peanuts close your throat – one does not easily forget. It’s usually fairly obvious because the symptoms occur so quickly to the offending food.

 

IgG and IgA food allergy response is different from an immediate IgE food allergy response in that symptoms may not show up for hours or days after ingested offending food allergens. This makes it very difficult to pinpoint exactly what foods are causing what reaction in the body especially as people tend to eat the same foods over and over.  Symptoms of an IgG and IgA response include: sore throat, stuffy nose, congestion, headaches, belly aches, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, hormone issues, foggy head, headaches, weight gain, fatigue, joint pain, depression, behavior changes, anxiety, and skin issues (particularly acne, eczema, psoriasis).  How do you know if dairy products cause your mental fogginess or gluten causes fatigue or almonds increase your acne if you eat them everyday?


Testing for IgG and IgA food allergies is confusing for many healthcare providers as they are not typically trained on these types of reactions as they are neither obvious nor life-threatening. However food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities are gaining public awareness as people are removing offending food groups in order to help support autism/spectrum disorder treatment plans, chronic diseases, and reduce inflammation in the body with success.

 

For more information about food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities, please contact Dr. Lee at Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center or call 206-319-5322

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Everything you want to know about Vitamin B12!

Cobalamin, also known as vitamin B12, is an essential vitamin critical to function and health that is not naturally synthesized in our bodies. This vitamin can be obtained through the consumption of animal products in which bacteria within these foods synthesize it or through synthetic forms such as tablets, injections or additives. Some of the most B12 dense foods include shellfish, cow liver, fish, crab, fortified soy products, red meat, low fat dairy products, cheese, and eggs. As an alternative to these animal products, rice milk, fortified energy bars, and yeast extract have high B12 content as well.

Some major health benefits of B12 include lowering the levels of homocysteine, a protein in the blood which is known to lower nerve and heart health. Therefore, by lowering this protein level in the blood through the increase of B12, it increases protection against heart disease, increases DNA protection and repair which helps reduce cancer risks and slows aging, and increases protection against dementia and cognitive decline. It is also known that B12 and B9 (folate) deficiencies can double the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease as well as lower energy and endurance. Slight deficiencies in B12 can have adverse health effects including immediate signs of anemia, fatigue, mania, depression, and long term affects including permanent brain and nerve damage.

During normal absorption of vitamin B12, proteins in the stomach combine with the vitamin and aid in its absorption in the small intestine. Those at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency include people who have Atrophic Gastiris, an inability to absorb B12 from natural food sources, those with anemia, vegans or vegetarians, pregnant or lactating mothers, and those on certain medications. Also, individuals over the age of 50 have a declining ability to absorb B12, those who have had GI surgery, or those with pernicious anemia which decreases levels of proteins that aid in absorption. Recommended treatment or prevention for people B12injections or supplements. Also, topically B12 can be applied in combination with avocado or coconut oil to help treat skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.

For more information about vitamin B12 injections, please visit Seattle Naturopathic Center or call 206-319-5322

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Are You Vitamin B12 Deficient? Take a Self-Awareness Survey

What are the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Weakness and fatigue, brain fog, light-headedness, loss of balance, rapid heartbeat and breathing, pale skin, sore tongue, easy bruising or bleeding, including bleeding gums, stomach upset and weight loss and diarrhea or constipation are all symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency.

If the deficiency is not corrected, it can damage the nerve cells. If this happens, vitamin B12 deficiency effects may include: tingling or numbness in arms, legs, fingers and toes, difficulty walking, mood changes or depression, memory loss, disorientation, and dementia.

What Diseases are Linked to Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

  • Alzheimer’s, dementia, cognitive decline and memory loss, (collectively referred to as “aging”)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological disorders
  • Mental illness (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Learning or developmental disorders in kids
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Autoimmune disease and other immune system dysfunction
  • Cancer
  • Male and female infertility
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Anemia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 

Who is at risk for Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Many people over age 50 lose the ability to absorb vitamin B12 from foods.  This happens as specialized stomach cells slowly lose their ability to release an enzyme called intrinsic factor that helps break down dietary B12. 

Strict vegans (people who don’t eat any animal products, including meat, eggs, or milk) are at greatest risk. Vegetarians who eat eggs and milk products are also at risk, because, on average, they consume less than half the adult Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin B12.  Studies consistently demonstrate that up to 50 percent of long-term vegetarians and 80 percent of vegans are deficient in B12.

A common myth amongst vegetarians and vegans is that it’s possible to get B12 from plant sources like seaweed, fermented soy, spirulina and brewers yeast. But plant foods said to contain B12 actually contain B12 analogs called cobamides that block B12 absorption and increase the need for metabolically useful B12.  See the following study for explanation: (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10552882)

Others who may be low in Vitamin B12 are those who have had gastrointestinal surgery, such as weight loss surgery and people who have digestive disorders, such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease.

What are the Functions of Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 works together with folate in the synthesis of DNA and red blood cells. It’s also involved in the production of the myelin sheath around the nerves, and the conduction of nerve impulses. Vitamin B12 is also needed for building proteins in the body and helps keep levels of the amino acid homocysteine in check, which may help decrease heart disease risk.

Where can I get Vitamin B12 From my diet?

The body absorbs animal sources of vitamin B12 much better than plant sources. As mentioned above, non-animal sources of vitamin B12 are not reliable sources of the vitamin. 

Can you benefit from vitamin B12?

Take the survey in the next section to see if you can benefit from vitamin B12. If you have a score of 10 or higher, you will likely benefit from vitamin B12 injection. 

Are You Vitamin B12 Deficient?   Take a Self-Awareness Survey  

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On a scale of 0 to 4, with zero being “experience not at all” and four being “experience greatly,” rate yourself on these symptoms and keep a running point total:

  • Depression (double your score)
  • Fatigue  (double your score)
  • Brain fog  (double your score)
  • Numbness or tingling in hands and feet  (double your score)
  • Dandruff
  • Bleed or bruise easily
  • Slow reflexes
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Memory problems
  • Menstrual problems
  • Nervousness/Anxiety
  • Pale, chalky skin
  • Pale nail beds
  • Pale tongue
  • Sore tongue
  • Feeling of weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Difficulties with balance
  • Bleeding gums
  • Weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tremors
  • Palpitations
  • Frequent colds and flus
  • Tender calves

Scoring:  When adding up your total score, double the values for the first four symptoms (Depression, Fatigue, Brain fog and Numbness or tingling in hands and feet).  All other symptoms are 0 to 4.

  • Under 10 points — most likely not Vitamin B12 deficient
  • 10 to 15 points — probable to benefit from Vitamin B12
  • 15+ ponts — likely to benefit from Vitamin B12

From more information about Vitamin B12 injection and if you would like to schedule a 15 minute appointment for your B12 injection, please call 206-319-5322 or visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center.

 

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How does lipotropic injections help with weight loss?

Lipotropic nutrients are a class of natural ingredients that play important roles in the body’s use of fat. These compounds enhance liver and gallbladder’s role by decreasing fat deposits and speeding up metabolism of fat and its removal. Dr. Lee has used this special formula for individuals who are “stuck” in their weight loss attempts and need that extra boost to achieve their goal weight. This injection has also been gratefully used for individuals who want to maintain their weight, or prevent re-gain of their lost weight. The main ingredients in the lipotropic injection are methionine, inositol, and choline. Some individuals will also benefit the addition of vitamin B12.

 

 

Methionine

assists in the breakdown of fats and thereby prevents the build-up of fat in the arteries, as well as assisting with the digestive system and removing heavy metals from the body since it can be converted to Cytosine, which is a precursor to Glutathione, which is of prime importance in detoxifying the liver.

 

Inositol

helps to maintain proper electrical energy and nutrient transfer across the cell membrane. It also acts as a lipotropic which converts fats into other useful products. Inositol helps establish healthy cell membranes, which facilitate nerve impulses.

 

Choline

Assists in controlling your weight as well as cholesterol levels, keeping cell membranes healthy and in preventing gallstones. It is also most useful in the maintenance of the nervous system, assisting memory and learning, and may help to fight infections, including hepatitis and AIDS. Choline is critical for normal membrane structure and function. Choline is the major precursor of betaine, and it is used by the kidneys to maintain water balance and by the liver as a source of methyl-groups for Methionine formation. It is also used to produce the important neurotransmitter Acetylcholine. It assists in nerve impulse transmission, gallbladder regulation, liver functions and lecithin production.

 

B-12

is a vitamin which is important for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production.

 

For more information about lipotropic injections or if you would like to schedule, please call 206-319-5322 or visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center for more information.

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Elite athletes turning to Food Allergy testing for Better Health

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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., April 18, 2012

Many professional athletes are turning to a new coach.  It’s not a conventional coach, it’s not even a human coach; rather, it’s a coach that instructs them in personalized dieting, a coach to help increase strength and normalize weight.  It’s a simple blood test for food and chemical sensitivity called the ALCAT Test.  Proponents claim that the ALCAT identifies adverse cellular reactions to foods and chemicals associated with inflammation. Experts agree inflammation causes chronic health problems including obesity.

 

So why is this of interest to elite athletes?  According to Roger Deutsch, test co-developer and author, Your Hidden Food Allergies are Making you Fat, “…avoidance of reactive foods might unblock insulin receptors, so food is burnt for energy and not stored as fat; decrease immune mediated muscle degradation and fatigue, and increase overall metabolic and respiratory function.  The results will be individual but all these things can arise from incompatible food triggers.”

Two of the most notable athletes to have taken the ALCAT Test are Minnesota Twins’ First Baseman Justin Morneau and Boston Red Sox’s Designated Hitter David Ortiz. Morneau is a former American League MVP and four time MLB All-Star.   Morneau’s experience was chronicled in the StarTribune wherein he states he was planning to ‘do everything I can humanly do to make myself feel better.’ The StarTribune also states: “While making the medical rounds last fall, Morneau also took the ALCAT Test to see if he had food allergies. He learned his body was sensitive, if not allergic to, sugars, gluten and dairy.” Morneau then lost 14 pounds in just a few weeks by following his new diet.

Athletes are always seeking new ways to enhance performance, and diet plays an essential role in their ability to do so.  Morneau states, “It’s not like I’ll choke or die from eating those things, but my body reacts poorly to them. It treats them as something I’m allergic to and fights the inflammation instead of the inflammation from an injury.”

The Red Sox David Ortiz was recently featured in a separate article titled, The Skinny on Big Papi’s Diet featured on ESPN.com. Even though Ortiz took the ALCAT Test for different reasons than Morneau, he had a similar experience, dropping 20 pounds in two months. Ortiz took the test because his “cholesterol had risen to dangerously high levels.” Since taking the test, and following its dietary guidelines, Ortiz said, “The results have been almost immediately noticeable.” He goes on to say, “I feel great” and “I can feel the difference when I swing a bat and when I work out, I don’t get as tired.”

Studies have shown dietary modification and food sensitivity testing to be a viable treatment modality for a number of chronic health problems.  Major League Baseball isn’t the only professional sport that has utilized the ALCAT Test.  Joe Rowgowski, Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NBA’s Orlando Magic, has been quoted as saying, “I’ve seen very good results with the ALCAT Test and often recommend it to the athletes I work with.”  In addition, Elite European Soccer Club, Juventus, was recently featured in a study titled Rational Management of Food Intolerance in an elite soccer club. This study was presented at the International Society of Sports Nutrition: 8th Annual ISSN Conference and Expo in 2011.

 

So what does all of this mean? This means your fork may actually be the best tool available for maximum performance. For the elite athlete, with all the available supplements, PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) and training methods perhaps it is indeed as simple as Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine.”  For the elite athlete or the occasional weekend warrior the best medicine may actually be finding out what foods are right for you.

ALCAT testing is available at Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center. Please call 206-3195322 for more information. 

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How Food Sensitivity Affects Weight and More!

For certain people struggling with headaches or joint pain, the food they’re eating may not only be keeping them from getting better but from also losing weight. Now a simple test can pinpoint food sensitivities and help some people improve their overall health.

Gabi Rose, weight loss and fitness expert, explains how the ALCAT test pinpoints food sensitivity and how being sensitive or allergic to certain foods can cause weight gain and other health issues.

ALCAT test is available at Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center. Please call 206-3195322 for more information.

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