by Carla Hernandez, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
November 18, 2013
Food sensitivities are on the rise and the same can be said for skin disorders.
Looking back even a decade ago, food sensitivities was not the hot topic that it is today, and going back 50 years ago, it was virtually unheard of.
For example, the “trend” we are seeing among people going wheat and gluten free is proof of this. The truth is this is not a trend that is going to go away anytime soon. According to gluten specialist, Dr. Tom O’Bryan, 7 out of 10 people have a sensitivity to gluten whether they know it or not.
That surely sounds like an epidemic to me! Just because someone is not diagnosed with celiac disease doesn’t mean that there isn’t a problem. Like with any diagnosis, gluten intolerance doesn’t develop overnight, and in time, the sensitivity could progress drastically if intervention is not taken.
It’s also worth noting that for every person who has gluten sensitivity with gut dysfunction symptoms, there are 8 that don’t. Like with any food sensitivity, we cannot assume that it will only affect us in one way. Most think of gluten as a “gut issue”, but this is not necessarily so. Food sensitivity symptoms, like gluten, can manifest in different ways for different people.
The big picture is that there are typically multiple food sensitivities in a single individual with this problem. It’s very rare that I see people with just one food sensitivity in my practice, which is much different than a true food allergy.