Detox Day 10: You Made It!

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Congratulations!

We have officially completed our NHIC 10-Day Detox Challenge!

Today was easy-peasy, we took our 2 AdvaClear doses, and finished up any leftover UltraClear. Now, all that is left is to gradually reintroduce foods that you've been avoiding, but only 1 or 2 per day.

  • Try starting with meat, poultry, dairy, or eggs. For example, have eggs today, tomorrow start adding chicken to lunch, and then add corn the following day.
  • If you suspect food allergies, wait 24 to 48 hours between reintroducing foods.
  • Watch for reactions that may be food-related, such as digestive stress or skin changes.
  • If unsure of a reaction, wait until symptoms are gone and do not eat the questionable food again for 3 more days.

Dr. Auburn was out of the office today, and we'll be honest, we were VERY tempted to pick up the phone and order an extra-large pizza! Fortunately, when we really started to think it through, we realized that we weren't craving bread, or cheese, or any of that greasy stuff. We were only romancing over the ideas of a food weren't "allowed" to have. Our tip to you is to keep listening to your body. Don't dwell on the foods you haven't been able to have for the past several days, dwell on how good you feel and what you can do to continue feeling that way! 

We want to give a reminder that your practitioners are here and available if you would like have a follow up after this detox. If you suspect that you may have uncovered a food sensitivity, there is testing available to identify exactly which foods may be the culprit. It is important to dive deeper into adverse food reactions, and it may be necessary for you to adhere to a true elimination diet to stop chronic inflammation or other symptoms that might prevent you from living life to the fullest. Do not hesitate to call!

As promised, we will be celebrating with each of you who participated in this challenge by sending you a certificate of completion and a $10 coupon toward any purchase at the NHIC. If you haven't had a chance to let us know how your detox went, click below to send us a message. 

That is all we have for the Day 10 blog! If you aren't busy next Thursday, we will be hosting an amazing speaker joining us all the way from Canada! Gerald Weibe works with agricultural producers on a consulting basis, providing them with ecologically sound crop production, soil and water management directives. Please join us here at the office for the lecture, "Insights to GMO's and Healthy Dietary Choices."  It is free, and we would LOVE to see you there! 

Detox Day 9: Take It Slow.

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It is Detox Day 9! Can you believe we've already nearly completed the program? Food restrictions are now almost completely lifted, and today we could eat anything from the recommended foods list! Are we glad we have almost finished our detox? Yes. But, do we plan to do it again? Absolutely.

Dr. Auburn at the charting station while she enjoys her afternoon ultraclear!

Dr. Auburn at the charting station while she enjoys her afternoon ultraclear!

At this point in the detox, you've already put in the work and hopefully, you are feeling the reward. It should now be our focus to take a look at what we've learned and continue to apply it to our routines to truly grow from this experience. Here are some of the things our staff is saying.

"I have learned that I can, in fact, live without having a 32 oz. of Fountain Coke every day. Although I miss it, I am trying to continue to keep it out of my diet altogether. It has been a trying and challenging ten days...I am not a big fish eater, so that was an extremely hard part for me trying to get protein differently. I did not like that our meat selection was so strict.. and I also did not like that the main fruits selection was so small...I wish there were a bit more variety. I am happy that I did this detox, though. It revealed a lot and taught me that I could control myself if I just put my mind to it." —Brittany I.

"I learned that cooking healthy food can be SIMPLE and easy and delicious. I realized I tended to overcomplicate things in my head when meal planning. I also learned how much distress my stomach/gut would sometimes be in when I eat junky food. Now I know how my body should feel all the time." —Caity M.

"I learned that food prep is going to be the most important thing! Without planning what I was going to eat the next day I was scrambling around trying to find food when it came time to eat." —Jocelyn D.

"I have a better appreciation for what many of our patients go through when they suffer from food allergies or sensitivities which require them to follow a strict diet. I realized it takes a good amount of energy and planning to follow a restricted diet, but I think the next time I do this detox, it will be much easier because I've already experienced that learning curve."—Sara S. 

Speaking of food sensitivities, the title of this blog is in reference to adding your food groups back in today and tomorrow. Take it slow. If you start with reintroducing 1-2 foods per day, it will be easier to assess if you have any adverse reactions to things you have been avoiding. For example, only allow the addition of some dairy on day one and continue to avoid sugars, sweeteners, and most grains. Some food sensitivities cause symptoms on a large delay, which means the reaction might not kick in for 12-24 hours. Give yourself some time and reap the benefits of your hard work by learning which foods your body prefers! 

We can’t say enough how much we've loved this challenge. Each of you who have commented or sent feedback helped to keep our staff motivated, and we can't wait to dream up the next patient-staff event! You guys rock, and we will see you tomorrow! 

Food Sensitivities Vs. Food Allergies

What is the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity? Food allergies are often referring to a reaction to an item resulting in a serious breathing problem or tissue swelling if ingested and potentially life-threatening responses can make it necessary to carry an Epipen at all times. These severe food allergies are type 1 "IgE" mediated food allergies. When someone references a food sensitivity, it usually refers to a much smaller immune response that compounds gradually over time with multiple food sensitivities. These responses are "IgG" mediated type 3 hypersensitivity reactions. Type 3 hypersensitivities can cause inflammation. Our office understands that living with even minor inflammation is not ideal. Inflammatory conditions caused by food sensitivities such as arthritis, obesity, eczema, sinus conditions, skin rashes, headaches/ migraines, and diarrhea (to name a few) can completely disrupt life. For this reason, we prefer to get to the root of the problem. With inflammation, the cause could be simply eating the wrong foods too often.

Let's explain the different types of hypersensitivity reactions that your immune system can cause. 

Type 1

These are the responses that happen in less than 2 hours. They are a result of IgE antibodies binding with specific antigens to activate cell receptors on mast cells. The mast cells release chemicals in your body. These chemicals are irritating to body tissues and include leukotrienes, lysosomal enzymes, histamines, kinin, and bradykinin- like substances. Dehydroascorbic acid is also released, resulting in inflammation and irritation to tissues. Those tissues can be the trachea, tongue, mouth, lips, and eyelids. An example of this reaction is anaphylaxis when eating peanuts. These are fixed food allergies where any ingestion of the allergenic substance will always cause a response. 

Type 2

These reactions are cytotoxic and cause cell destruction. These involve IgM and IgG immunoglobulins.  These immunoglobulins bind to the surface of the cell, and then the cell is destroyed.  An example of this can be a response to a drug that causes the destruction of red blood cells.   

Type 3

These reactions have been shown to involve IgG antibodies and an example of a type 3 reaction is what we classify as food sensitivities. These are not fixed food allergies, but may be cyclical in nature. Type 3 reactions cause the immune system to deposit the formed complexes into tissues. The deposit can cause tissue injury and inflammation up to 72 hours after exposure to the offending agent. 

Type 4

These reactions are not from immunoglobulins and instead involve T-cells. Inflammation of tissues can occur in 36-72 hours. An example of this reaction is contact dermatitis from poison ivy.  

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Now that we understand all four types of hypersensitivity, we will focus on the Type 3 response—food sensitivities. The immune system is your first defense against invaders in the body. If there is a protein that the immune system is exposed to and determines that it is foreign, it will attack this protein. The explanation of this response is rather vague because any complexes that your immune system makes can be deposited anywhere in your body. Some people may have more inflammation in one part of their body than another person.  Some reports estimate that up to 50% of Americans suffer from food sensitivities. Often the inflammation can target the GI tract causing diarrhea and pain. Some of the notably prevalent offenders are wheat, milk, corn, cheese, oats, coffee, rye, eggs, and tea. It is also important to note, people who already suffer from seasonal allergies may have more inflammation from food sensitivities that exacerbate their seasonal allergies. 

 

These type 3 hypersensitivity reactions can develop as a result of frequently eating the same food.  For this reason, we suggest a rotational diet. We recommend that you only have the same foods 2-3 times per week as opposed to eating the same foods daily. This will lessen the amount your immune system is exposed to certain proteins and can decrease the chances of reacting and causing inflammation. 

At this office, we do food sensitivity IgG testing through a lab called Alletess. They have two different panels- one for 96 foods and a more extensive panel with 212 foods. We can perform either test from a single blood draw. For our younger patients, we also offer a "finger poke" food allergy test which checks against 96 foods.  These food panels help determine to what foods your body has an IgG response.  Once a practitioner sees these results, they can inform you of what foods you need to remove from your diet. This is where the rotational diet becomes imperative. Based on your results, we suggest you eliminate certain foods for 3, 4, or 6 months. Once you begin to reintroduce certain foods, we recommend that you monitor for reoccurrence of inflammatory responses. Often we suggest that patients only introduce one new food per week to adequately determine their delayed response. Identifying inflammation may not occur for up to three days. 

Currently, there is no known cure for allergies, but together we can help minimize responses by avoiding the foods triggering the inflammatory response. Our practitioners are here to partner with patients in determining what the offending agents are and develop a diet plan to help you avoid these foods. Decreasing inflammation in the body is our primary purpose as it will help patients feel better overall!