There are 4 pathways in which the immune system can be stimulated and release inflammation. Type I is termed an IgE allergy. IgE allergies include common outdoor allergies to grass, trees or pets and also food allergies. These allergic reactions typically affect the skin, airways, digestive system and in extreme cases the heart.
We have type II immune response when we are exposed to such things as a virus. Our body releases inflammation in order to kill the virus. We like this type of immune response and short bout of inflammation to relieve our symptoms.
Type III and Type IV reactions are termed delayed allergies or food sensitivities. These reactions produce symptoms within 45 minutes to 3 days for the individual. Type III reactions involve IgG and IgM and may have a role in colitis, ulceration and malabsorption disorders. Type IV reactions are cell-mediated which involve T cells. Type IV reactions may have a role in inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or celiac disease.
If you are dealing with these symptoms they may be related to a food sensitivity:
- stomach or intestinal cramps
- bloating & gas
- acid reflux
I was reactive to everything. If I ate anything had stomach pains and was more fatigued. Since nutrition counseling my fatigue is much better, my sleep has improved, my skin is clearer, my anxiety and depression has improved and my stomach no longer hurts. My menustral cycles are more regular and a long battle with constipation is gone. Overall I feel healthier and am very pleased with the results!” —L.H. (Symptom Score went from 53 to 7)