Food Allergies Specialist

Dr. Katie Thompson, D.C. -  - Chiropractor

The Health Improvement Center

Dr. Katie Thompson, D.C.

Chiropractor & Nutritionist located in Vienna, VA

Good food should mean good health. However, even good, fresh food makes some people sick. In fact, nearly 20% of Americans suffer from either food allergies or food sensitivity. If certain things you eat cause you physical problems, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Katie Thompson at The Health Improvement Center in Vienna, Virginia.

Food Allergies Q & A

What is a food allergy?

A food allergy is your immune system’s response to an ingredient in specific foods.

If you have a food allergy, your body mistakes a protein in what you have eaten as harmful. Your defense system, known as antibodies, fight and set off an allergic reaction by battling the protein. The most common food allergies are:

  • Shellfish
  • Nuts
  • Gluten
  • Eggs
  • Milk

 

Even a small amount of the offending food can trigger food allergies every time you eat it. Symptoms of a food allergy vary and often include:

  • Rash, hives, or itchy skin
  • Cramping stomach pain, nausea, or diarrhea
  • Swelling of the airways to your lungs, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Anaphylaxis: A serious and potentially fatal reaction involving a sudden drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and body system failure

What is a food sensitivity?

Food sensitivity occurs in your digestive system when you’re unable to break down the substance correctly. It often results from enzyme deficiencies, sensitivity to food additives, or reactions to naturally occurring chemicals.

Unlike those with food allergies, people with food sensitivity can eat small amounts of the offending food without problems.

Causes of food sensitivity include:

  • Absence of the enzyme needed to digest that particular food
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sensitivity to food additives, including sulfites in dried fruit, canned goods, and wine
  • Stress or psychological factors
  • Celiac disease -- a chronic digestive condition triggered by eating a protein found in wheat and other grains

 

Symptoms of food sensitivity include stomach problems like:

  • Nausea
  • Gas
  • Cramps
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea

 

Headaches, irritability, and nervousness are also symptoms of food sensitivity.

How are food allergies and sensitivities treated?

Since food allergies and sensitivities disrupt the communication flow between your brain and your body, Dr. Katie uses the Allergy Clearing Technique to reduce or eliminate your allergy symptoms.

The Allergy Clearing Technique uses the principles of acupuncture without the needles. Dr. Katie clears your food sensitivity and allergies one at a time in a specific sequence. The Allergy Clearing Technique is a natural, drugless, painless, non-invasive method that helps everyone, regardless of age.

For relief from your food allergy and sensitivity symptoms, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Katie at The Health Improvement Center in Vienna, Virginia.