When you think of an allergic reaction you most likely envision someone eating a peanut, breaking out in hives or having trouble breathing. This type of immediate response, which is known as an IgE hypersensitivity response, is serious but not very common (thankfully).

However, there is a different type of reaction to foods that is less visible, but still very problematic. It’s called a delayed allergy, or an IgG response, and is much more common than the aforementioned. This type of food sensitivity causes inflammation in your body and creates symptoms from a few hours to a few days after ingestion. The symptoms can run the gamut, manifesting as IBS, headaches, excema, acne, fatigue, lack of mental focus, fluid retention, weight gain, and more. Even worse is that chronic inflammation has been linked to diseases including heart disease, autoimmune disease, obesity, diabetes, dementia, and the list goes on.

So what can you do to reduce and prevent inflammation in your daily life?

1. Get Food Tested: The best possible way to know which foods are causing issues for you is a simple blood test. By eliminating the foods that cause an IgG response you will eliminate the foods that cause inflammation. Click here to learn more about our Free Nutritional Consultation or to schedule your food test today!

2. Remove Processed Foods: Processed foods are full of chemicals and additives. They are inflammatory by nature. This one can be difficult, as we live in a world where convenience plays a factor in our choices. If you can’t start at 100% elimination, start at 50% and work your way up from there. Every bit helps.

3. Exercise: There is not a list out there encouraging you to get healthier that won’t include this tidbit. Moderate exercise, 45-60 minutes three times a week will have you feeling better (and looking better).

4. Get More Sleep: Americans don’t get enough sleep, period. Sure, it can be tough with work, kids, spouses, and social engagements to find the time to recharge. Far too often we are sacrificing our sleep to accomplish what we want to get done in a day. Starting tonight, change your routine and allow yourself 30 more minutes. A more rested you tonight, could mean a more productive you tomorrow!

5. Cut The Sugar: The American Diet includes more sugar than ever before, and it’s often hidden in foods that may surprise you. It can be hard to resist those sweet treats, we know! But sugar is inflammatory, and there are some great alternatives out there. When possible, substitute stevia or other natural sweeteners, and lay off the soft drinks, cookies, candy, and cakes (unless you’re celebrating, and in that case enjoy it!).