Do You Really Have a Food Allergy? Maybe Not

There has been a lot of debate about food allergies in recent years. In particular, medical professionals have been trying to classify reactions to certain foods by distinguishing between food allergy and food intolerance. The topic is usually broached with a little skepticism in the health news. After all, a food allergy is a lot more serious than mere food intolerance — or is it?

Of course an anaphylactic response to a certain food is a very serious health problem. But food intolerances can also cause you a lot of suffering. You can experience headaches, fatigue, stomach pains, breathing difficulties, achy joints and muscles — you name it. Whatever your symptoms and health issues, a food intolerance could potentially be the trigger.

While many doctors may consider a food intolerance as a psychosomatic problem — more based in the mind than on any real physiological change in the body — the concept has been around since the ancient Greeks. The Greeks recognized that some unpleasant symptoms could be specifically linked to the ingestion of certain foods. One of two things can happen to trigger these symptoms: either a message gets sent to your immune system to produce antibodies as a potential defense; or a much slower response takes place in the gastrointestinal system. The first is considered an allergy; the second, food intolerance. Continue reading

Stress Erodes your Health and Depletes your Serotonin Levels.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) sees stress as qi stagnation: Your life force has stalled. To nudge back into the fast lane, up shift your lifestyle with a more balanced diet, improved sleep routine and exercise. That can steer your health back on track while restoring your vim and vigor.

Stress erodes your health and undermines your quality of life. Western medicine views stress as a psychological issue or a psychosomatic response to what is happening around you. That is to say, it’s a physical manifestation in the body of what the mind perceives and struggles with. The negative effects of stress, then, are to be managed in various ways while you learn new coping skills.

In the East, stress is looked at in different terms. In fact, according to the theories of TCM, stress leads to what is termed “qi stagnation.” Here, qi is described as life force, which is to say the “motive force” within the body. This motive force sustains life by pulling in oxygen, expelling carbon dioxide, moving the muscles, digesting food and, in fact, Continue reading