For a while now I have been dealing with a severe case of multiple food allergies, where I continuously develop allergies (delayed-onset IGG type) to pretty much all foods after consuming them for a short period of time.
I understand the underlying cause is a leaky gut, which enables large food proteins to enter the bloodstream, and the immune system seeing them as foreign, develops allergies to them.
In light of this, simply eating non-inflammatory foods at this point is no longer an option, as I will and have developed allergies to those "good" foods such as beef, chicken, eggs, broccoli and more.
I know, glutamine, bone broth etc are supposed to help heal a leaky gut, but the problem is so long as you are consuming foods you are allergic to, you are perpetuating the leaky gut, so the supplementation is in vain.
The most common solution proposed, is to implement a 4 day rotation diet, where you only eat a given food once every four days, which in theory allows the body time to clear the food from your bloodstream, before being exposed to it again, thus preventing allergic sensitization to the food.
In the past I have tried a more lenient rotation diet, where I ate the food multiple times on its allowed day, but unfortunately this did not work, and in time I become reactive to those foods.
My question is, has anybody who dealt with similar issues, had success in preventing new foods allergies by following a strict rotation diet? If yes, can you share your experiences and any tips you may have?
asked byLevi_3 (159)
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on February 22, 2013
at 08:05 PM
The rotation diet is great for great for controlling food sensitivities but it is the final step not the first!
I have multiple food allergies and intolerences. IgG intolerences are just as serious as IGE allergies - although they don't cause anaphylaxis the chronic inflammation and leaky gut syndrome can lead to several auto-immune diseases. I know how frustrating it is to do an elimination diet when u have no idea what you are "allergic" to. It is kind of like driving with the brakes on, especially if u are not allergic to the usual suspects or are sensitive to basic things like black pepper.
1st step is to try and identify your sensitivities-I have had blood tests (Alcat, Elisa), bax scans and applied kinesiology (muscle testing) many results were similar but some were total different (which is frustrating). The blood test are a good place to start but they are expensive and unaccepted by most Western Drs. I prefer muscle testing (even though it seems crazy) because it is quick, cheap and easy, especially since my "allergies" are constantly changing. All u need is a Dr who specializes in food intolerences usually a chiropractor, DO, acupuncturist, naturopath and some MD's.
2nd step - I am just starting a RepairVite regime from Apex Energetic which promotes healing of the intestinal track. This includes an elimination diet of all grains, sugars, dairy, nuts/seeds, legumes, nightshade and high glycemic fruits (similar to a Palio diet)-in addition I used muscle testing to determine which of their accepted foods were unacceptable to me (ie berries, kale, spinach, olives) so I wasn't hurting myself more than healing. Once my immune/digestive system is stable I will add back foods and hopefully be able to tell what bothers me by how my body reacts. Now it is nearly impossible because of the huge range of foods that I am sensitive to and wide range of reactions that result, especially if they are delayed. Symptoms can be digestive, skin rashes/flushing, neuro (mind fog, ADD) headaches, muscle aches ---blah, blah, blah.
3rd step - rotation diet. The more you eat of any food the more likely your body will produce antibodies and the more hyper-active you immune system will become! So don't only depend on your safe foods - or u will become allergic to those too. So expand do not contract your diet. Eat fruits and vegetables that u have never seen before. Try exotic meats and rotate your types of seafood. I know this seems overwhelming but if u get it under control you will feel better and you can have many once restricted foods back in your diet!
Good Luck and listen to your body and not the nay-Sayers. I'm allergic to most of the Super foods and had to stop feeling guilty that I couldn't have a kale,blueberry,almond,hemp milk smoothie or salmon with quinoa and spinach! ( sorry I just had to rant)
on February 15, 2013
at 10:15 PM
Do you have true food allergies, or just intolerances? In this case, it would really help to get a blood test to prove what you are allergic to, and weed out things that are just intolerances.
The blood test will probably give you results for IgG and IgE. IgE are TRUE allergies, IgG are foods that your body has built up antibodies to, but will not necessarily cause a reaction. (Having antibodies to certain foods does not make you allergic to them. IgG antibodies also only show up if you've eaten that particular food recently. A true allergy, no matter if you've never eaten it before will ALWAYS show up.)
I have many intolerances, only 1 true allergy: beef. (the saddest allergy of all.)
Before I knew the difference between IgG and IgE, my doctor put me on a rotation diet when I was 13 after getting my blood test back and stating "You should live in a bubble." It didn't do anything except frustrate me and my parents.
IMO, you NEED to start the GAPs diet. You are correct - allergies are from leaky gut. In my experience, GAPs didn't do anything for my beef allergy, (I break out in the itchiest, most annoying hives) but I don't any have reactions to foods that I was intolerant to anymore. (Eggs used to make me sleepy, now I can eat as many as I want. Dairy used to cause some digestive issues, that's all fixed too now.)
You need to figure out whether these are just intolerances or true food allergies, otherwise you're just going to stress yourself out.
on March 30, 2014
at 04:14 PM
A significant question would be how species specific the rotation should be. If I eat steak and chard today, can I eat liver and/or beets tomorrow? Same animal, same vegetable family (beta), presumably with the same phytochemicals. And broth, unless it is strictly done with bones, would carry the allergens of all the veggies you throw in.
on March 30, 2014
at 03:52 AM
I had a very good experience strictly following a rotation diet prescribed for me through a clinic. After a year or so, I started eating out more and relaxed the diet rules some. I still follow the diet somewhat, but am having gas and some loose stools again. I do not eat gluten, and no casien most of the time, ditto for eggs. The diet has helped with my irritable bowel syndrome and my schizoaffective disorder. I also take many prescribed dietary supplements. I got a lot of relief from the IBS using a probiotic, which I still take. I have been on the diet 3 1/2 years now.