Are Foods Making You Sick? Now more than ever, diet plays a critical role in preventing a wide range of degenerative diseases and premature aging. Teaming with Cell Science Systems Limited, we are now able to measure personalized nutrition at the cellular level. Food sensitivities can be just as damaging as allergies, but they're harder to decipher.

Food sensitivity testing and dietary modification is increasingly recognized by researchers, clinicians and other health care providers as a viable treatment modality for a number of chronic health problems. This intensive testing offers a scientific snapshot of those foods to which your body is intolerant. -- and a way to pinpoint which foods may be causing inflammation. It also recommends a rotation diet to avoid those specific foods.

In addition to eating foods that may reduce inflammation, foods that actually cause the inflammation should be avoided. Because of an individual’s biochemistry and genetic makeup, common, everyday foods may cause chronic activation of the immune system in some people and not others. Chronic inflammatory and degenerative conditions, ranging from skin problems like eczema and psoriasis to IBS, Crohn’s, and celiac disease, as well as many auto-immune diseases, respond to avoidance of specifically identified food sensitivities/intolerances.

Researchers believe they contribute to everything from migraines to chronic fatigue to irritable bowel syndrome to acid reflux. For people trying to shed unwanted pounds, intolerant foods are harder to digest, don't metabolize well, and have a nasty tendency to stick around as fat. But it's not easy to recognize your intolerant foods. Only your body knows, as white blood cells react to the foods and wreak havoc over time with your health.

“Chronic inflammation is an emerging field,” says Dr. David Heber, a UCLA professor of medicine and director of the university’s Center for Human Nutrition. “It’s a new concept for medicine. The activated immune cells and hormones turn on the body itself, damaging tissues. The process continues indefinitely, occurring at low enough levels that a person doesn’t feel pain or realize anything is wrong. Years later, proponents say, the damage contributes to illnesses such as heart disease, neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease or cancer.”

This testing classifies the intolerances as severe, moderate and mild. It then provides a long list of acceptable foods. Red-lined ''severe'' food should be avoided for at least six months. Turns out that your body reacts negatively to certain foods either from your genetic makeup, or over-exposure, especially if there isn't enough variety in what you eat.

The good news is that you don't have to give up these foods forever. Once your body is detoxed for half a year, you slowly reintroduce the foods one by one, and see how you feel.