Monday, October 22, 2007
Medical Reports: Forbidden Foods
Do you ever feel like you're eating all the right foods but just aren't seeing any results? Well, maybe you're eating all the wrong foods for your body.
WSVN -- With a food allergy, your body lets you know which trigger food you better avoid.
But there are many foods that we don't know about that are also hurting our bodies.
Dr. Juan Remos, Internist at the Miami Institute of Age Management: "Many people are eating foods that they are intolerant to, and they have no idea."
Food intolerances are foods our bodies just don't digest well. Eating those foods can cause fatigue, migraines and intestinal problems.
Even worse, it could be the one thing that's keeping you from getting to your goal weight.
Dr. Remos: "Food intolerance is the number one reason why people can't lose weight. When you eat foods that you're intolerant to you will gain weight because your absorption of nutrients is deficient. You will retain water, and you will absorb food insufficiently."
To detect those forbidden foods, the Miami Institute of Age Management and Intervention is offering the Alcat test.
It's a blood test that detects 150 food sensitivities based on how your cells react when exposed to different foods.
Lab technician at Cell Science Systems: "We actually put the blood in these different cassettes that have different allergens or foods. If someone is reactive to a number of those we recommend, they remove it from their diet and their symptoms disappear immediately."
Alexa Malzone took the test after a healthy diet and exercise just wouldn't do the trick.
Alexa Malzone: "I was at a point where I was like, 'Why aren't I getting the results that I feel like I should be getting?'"
While she was eating healthy foods, the test showed they were all the wrong foods for her body.
Alexa Malzone: "I realized that 80 percent of the foods that I was eating everyday were bad for me. "
She now passes on things like bananas and instead has peaches.
And as she drops other intolerable foods from her diet, she's seeing great results.
Alexa: "I have been able to lose body fat, I have probably dropped five to eight pounds, so that tells me that my body is really getting what it needs now. "
The test costs $395.
Docs suggest you drop those foods from your diet for six months then you can re-introduce them.
By the way, the highest food intolerances here in Miami, fish and brewer's yeast, which is used to make alcohol.