If you are among the millions of Americans who suffer from a food allergy or sensitivity, there may be a solution to help minimize your symptoms. Chiropractic is a holistic medical method which recognizes that the human body is healthier and functions at a higher level when all aspects of health are considered, including physical, nutritional, and environmental. A chiropractor can help identify any underlying neck or back misalignments which may be compromising your immune system. Additionally, you can learn the best health practices and eating habits to help keep reactions at bay.
Did you know . . .
that in the industrialized world, between 10 to 30 percent of the total population are affected by allergies and the numbers keep increasing. About 90% of all food allergies occur in just a few foods, including peanuts, tree nuts, soy, milk, eggs, and shellfish. Food intolerances affect 80% of the population.
Allergies and Food Sensitivities
Allergies are a body’s exaggerated response by the immune system to substances it recognizes as foreign. A food allergy triggers an immediate immune system response that can lead to hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, and, in severe instances, anaphylaxis, which can be fatal.
Food sensitivities do not produce an immune system response. Symptoms are delayed, and reactions are typically not fatal. Symptoms of food sensitivity include:
- upset stomach
- pain and bloating in the abdomen
- excess gas
- acid reflux
Food sensitivities can also cause inflammation of the stomach and intestines, which can last for days and effect the way your body processes food.
Dr. Witherspoon will conduct a series of tests to identify which foods may be causing your health problems. If a food allergy is identified, the food should be avoided completely. When a food sensitivity is suspected, the food should be avoided as much as possible. Many foods can be eaten again after an elimination diet and reintroducing the foods on a rotation basis.
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Chiropractic Treatment for Food Sensitivities and Allergies
The strength of both the immune and respiratory systems depends largely on proper communication between the brain and spinal cord to control and coordinate their functions properly. When there are interruptions in this communication caused by misalignments of the neck, immunity may be compromised. This upper cervical joint irritation can exaggerate, or even produce, allergic and asthmatic symptoms. Through manipulation of the joints and soft tissue, a chiropractor may help restore alignment and open the necessary pathways of communication between the brain and spine.
In addition to promoting a stronger immune system, chiropractic adjustments may also help regulate the rush of histamine and amount of cortisol produced during high allergy season. Many allergies involve release of inflammatory producing substances such as histamine. Adequate production of cortisol, an anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the adrenal gland is necessary to combat this. Many allergy sufferers are found to have weak adrenal gland function. Since the adrenal gland is fed directly by the T9 spinal level nerve root, spinal misalignments can greatly affect allergic reactions. By helping to maintain balance and regulation of important allergy-fighting hormones, Dr. Witherspoon may be able to help you find relief from your allergies and lessen reliance on anti-histamines.
To learn more about how Fix the Cause Chiropractic may be able to help you find both allergy and asthma relief, request a chiropractic appointment at our Cedar Hill/Duncanville chiropractic office. Dr. Witherspoon will gladly assess your systems, identify trouble areas, and develop a care plan to help provide relief.