Having a well-balanced nutritional plan is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. The way our bodies absorb and process what we eat determines the quality of our health. To ensure that our bodies and organs are fully equipped with their essential building blocks it is necessary to check that all the nutrients we take in are equivalent to what the body needs to carry out those functions properly; which includes not only the correct ratio of fat, carbohydrates, and protein but also the vitamin and mineral content of our diet.
A deficiency in various vitamins, minerals, and nutrients can manifest itself into many symptoms such as a weakened immune system, chronic fatigue, mood changes, headaches, poor bone quality, and even weight gain. Other common symptoms of vitamin deficiency include:
- tingling and numbness in the hands and feet
- muscle cramping and chronic inflammation
- loss of appetite, upset stomach, brittle hair, or skin rash
If you are experiencing any of theses symptoms, a test can be ordered by West University Wellness to establish your baseline for further investigation and care.
Food Allergy and Intolerance
Many people use the words “allergy” and “intolerance” interchangeably when it comes to food without differentiating the importance between these two terms. However, it is important to note that these terms are very different from each other and need to be distinguished for proper care.
- A true food allergy is related to the reaction of the immune system and is often times considered to be more serious and severe than food intolerance.
- Food intolerance involves the digestive system and is often times caused by a lack of a particular enzyme needed to breakdown a certain compound of the food that has been ingested.
- A sensitivity of certain foods and stress can also be a trigger of food intolerance.
Common food allergies and intolerances include: peanuts, shellfish, milk, eggs, soy, and wheat. It is also important to note that food intolerance can be caused by a combination of foods eaten together, but are fine when eaten in separate meal sittings. For example, a person can be intolerant to fruit and sugar; therefore, they will become sick when eating them together in one meal. However he/she has no intolerance to them when they are eaten in two separate meals throughout the day.
- Many people are often unaware of their limitations and sensitivities, especially when these food interactions are occurring in combination to each other that then manifest as gas, bloating, acid reflux, nausea, and cramping which vary throughout meals.
- A test can be ordered to determine what food allergies and intolerances you may have – whether it be a combination or a singular component.