Are Your Food Allergies Making You Fat?

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YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM may be making you fat. It’s hard to believe—but very true. I want to explain the bugs in your digestive tract, why they upset your gut’s immune system, and how they just might be behind those extra pounds.

I have observed this phenomenon in hundreds of patients. Recently, remarkable new research has confirmed this phenomenon.

I have developed very effective treatments for it, based on understanding the way in which all the body’s systems—the gut, the immune system, detoxification system, hormones and more—are connected. There’s powerful evidence that addressing these key causes of weight gain and illness can help you shed pounds.

For example, I’ve seen patients who lose significant amounts of weight, just by cutting food allergens from their diet. And I have also seen people lose 20 to 30 pounds, simply by balancing the bacterial ecosystem in their intestinal system.

One patient, a 38-year-old woman, had chronic inflammation, fluid retention, acne, fatigue, joint pain, as well as irritable bowel syndrome with bloating and gas. She had tried every known diet, but was unable to lose weight.

This woman’s problem: She could not lose weight because she was inflamed. The imbalances in her gut and the food sensitivities resulted in the inflammation.

But when we had her eliminate the foods to which she was allergic or sensitive, and gave her some healthy bacteria to heal her gut, she lost 35 pounds in a few months—and all her other symptoms went away too.

The big debate in medicine is which comes first: inflammation or obesity. I have always believed that we become inflamed first, and gain weight second—which makes us even more inflamed, perpetuating the cycle. Now incredible new research bears this out.

Let’s review this research, explain how food allergies can lead to weight gain, and provide you with three steps you can take to eliminate foods you may be allergic to and rebalance the ecosystem in your gut.

Inflammation And Weight Gain

Let me tell you a little more about these studies linking inflammation and weight gain, and explain their implications for treating obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and more. Both studies were done in Europe, where researchers are generally more open-minded.

The first study, published in December, 2007, looked at two groups of children. The first group was overweight and the second was normal weight.  The researchers measured three key factors connected to inflammation.

First, they looked at high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker that shows the general level of inflammation in the body. Then they looked for plaque or thickening in the carotid arteries (the main arteries that supply the brain) with an ultrasound. Third, they looked at blood tests for IgG, or delayed food allergies.

What they found was startling.

The overweight kids had a three-fold higher level of CRP and a two and a half fold higher level of IgG antibodies to foods. This is astounding, since in most medical studies a difference of 20 to 30 percent is considered significant. And in this case, the differences were 300 and 250 percent, respectively.

The overweight children also had much thicker carotid arteries, which are a sign of early atherosclerosis and an indicator of heart disease. The study suggests that these food allergies are a CAUSE of the inflammation and obesity, not a consequence.

The authors of the study explain that damage to the gut can lead to a leaky gut, allowing food particles to be exposed to the gut’s immune system. This then triggers a system-wide immune response, leading to inflammation all over the body and producing obesity by increasing insulin resistance.

We already know that inflammation from any cause—bacteria, food, a high-sugar, high-fat diet—will produce insulin resistance, leading to higher insulin levels. And since insulin is a fat storage hormone, you store more fat—mostly around the belly.

The authors of the study go on to say that we should consider elimination of IgG food allergens as a way of treating obesity and preventing heart disease. That means you don’t limit calories, just foods that cause allergies that in turn cause inflammation. This study draws a remarkable link that has received little attention by conventional medicine.

Please watch this video for more information.

So what exactly causes a leaky gut? Well, the next study may help explain just that.

How Your Gut Begins To Leak

The researchers of a study published in the July, 2007 issue of Diabetes, performed a complex but powerful study to tease out which comes first—the chicken or the egg.

What they did was quite ingenious. They took thin mice and then fed them a very high-fat diet.

High-fat diets change the bacterial flora in the gut. Toxin-producing bugs are promoted by the high-fat diet while anti-inflammatory and protective bugs die off. (And there are over 500 species of bugs in your gut all fighting for territory.)

In fact, our highly processed, high-sugar, high-fat, low-fiber diet—plus many drugs like antibiotics, steroids, anti-inflammatories, acid-blockers, and hormones—completely alter the bacterial ecosystem in the gut, leading to breakdown, inflammation, and a leaky gut.

Back to the study.

The researchers found that mice fed the equivalent of an American diet produced more of a bacterial toxin called LPS, which then leaked into the body through their leaky gut.

In humans, these toxins then latch onto immune cells, stimulating them to produce a firestorm of inflammatory molecules such as TNFa, IL-6, and IL-1 (cytokines), which in turn block your metabolism and produce insulin resistance, fatty liver, and obesity.

When you eat a bad diet, bad bugs flourish. Your whole gut ecosystem is upset and the outside world “leaks” in across a damaged gut lining.

Even more interesting, the researchers also found that even with a normal diet, injecting LPS into the mice led to the SAME problems—inflammation and obesity. These mice didn’t eat a bad diet. Just injecting toxins into them made them fat.

In fact, when you eat a bad diet, bad bugs flourish. Your whole gut ecosystem is upset and the outside world “leaks” in across a damaged gut lining. The result is not just obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, but so many allergic, autoimmune, and inflammatory diseases.

The researchers explain how giving antibiotics to rats and cleaning out the bad bugs can prevent diabetes. They explain that by adding soluble fiber to the diet, they can increase the population of the good bugs like bifidobacteria and decrease the bad bugs—leading to weight loss.

But it doesn’t just happen in lab rats. I have found the same effects when my patients take the special soluble fiber called konjac root or glucomannan. The good bacteria feed on the fiber and reduce inflammation.

And there is more to the gut story. It seems that you are not the only one eating lunch. The bugs in your gut also feast—and they control your fat storage and the calories you absorb. So people with healthy bugs in the gut lose weight, and those with bad bugs gain weight.

Let me review this briefly again, because these concepts are so far from what we normally think about the causes of obesity.

When you eat a typical American diet, you foster the growth of bad bugs in the gut. They then damage the gut lining and produce toxins that are absorbed into your system.

Because of the damage, partially digested food particles also leak into your bloodstream. Then your immune system reacts to the toxins and foods, producing a firestorm of inflammation.

That inflammation then leads to a fatty toxic liver and insulin resistance, which lead to higher levels of insulin in your body. And insulin is a fat-storage, disease- and aging-promoting hormone.

So an unhealthy gut makes us fat and sick because it makes us toxic and inflamed.

This is groundbreaking research that needs to shake up our thinking about how to help people lose weight and get healthy.

Now here are a few simple things to try if you are struggling to lose weight or feel better.

3 Steps To Eliminate Food Allergens And Re-Balance Your Gut Ecology

  1. Try an elimination diet for 3 weeks. Cut out the most common food allergens, including gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, yeast, and peanuts. Some people are sensitive to soy, so you can also cut that out.
  2. Eat a whole-foods, plant-based, high-fiber diet. This is essential to feed the good bugs in your gut and to provide the nutrients you need to functional optimally.
  3. Take probiotics daily to boost the healthy bacteria in your gut. Look for those that contain 10 billion CFU of bifidobacteria species and lactobacillus species. Choose from reputable brands.

Within a very few short weeks—even if you do nothing else—you will see a dramatic difference that comes from cooling off inflammation by healing your gut.

Remember, if you want to get rid of that gut, you have to fix your gut.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Have you noticed that inflammation is affecting your weight?

What steps do you plan to take to reduce inflammation?

How has reducing inflammation affected your weight?

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below—but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about taking back our health!

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD

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153 Responses to Are Your Food Allergies Making You Fat?

  1. gwen ford November 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    thank you for your information – suffer all of the above with gut/fat
    i hardly eat and my gut doesn’t go down and i suffer IBS so will look into the things you recommend – hope i can find them here.

    • Cheryl December 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

      Hi there,
      If you have Hashimoto’s Disease, should you be following a certain diet? I can’t seem to lose weight no matter what I do.
      Thanks

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        HymanStaff January 24, 2013 at 12:46 am #

        Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

        Wishing You the Best of Health!

        Dr. Hyman Staff

  2. stacy November 24, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    What brand or type of general probiotic do you recommend for children 5-10 yrs of normal health? and in what dosage? thank you

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

      Thank you, Stacy, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  3. Cathy Mathews December 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    I really appreciate your posts Dr Hyman. I already ordered 3 of your books & can hardly wait til they get here but I wish you would make ALL your work available to be purchased separately since we can’t all afford $365 for your PBS package. I have been cursed with a rare genetic disorder called “Nail Patella Syndrome” which causes me great pain. (I’m soon to be 61) I have a huge abdomen, am 40 lbs over weight, severe, crippling pain in my lower back, hip & down rt leg. NPS kills your kidneys & I am now in stage 3 kidney failure. I am so tired of my Dr’s telling me that I need to get active & exercise. I was crippled in a fall in 2002 for 7 years. I am now walking SOME but I can in no way go for a walk or exercise. I am taking 4 325mg Aspirin daily for the inflammation in my Trochanteric, Iliopectineal, Iliac & Ischial bursitis w/severe chronic groin pain. S.O.S.
    Thank you,
    Cathy

  4. belstaff December 8, 2010 at 5:05 am #

    good post thanks for share with us

  5. diecast cars December 16, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Me too, I always believed that we become inflamed first, and gain weight second which makes us even more inflamed, perpetuating the cycle. So true!

  6. namecww December 18, 2010 at 12:27 am #

    Do more exercise, reasonable food, maintain happy mood. I think that is very important.

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  8. Kathleen January 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I’ve been losing the same 5 pounds for 7 months – down 4, up 5, down 3, up 1, day after day (those are gains in losses EACH day). I’ve been trying to figure out which foods I am sensitive to. Went to italy and didn’t eat a strand of spaghetti or any pasta at all, but felt great on the variety of other foods and vegetables, so I’m trying to recreate that. Will let you know about the glucomannan/probiotics after 2 months. Was on chemo and antibiotics for 2 years; then myeloablative chemo and a bone marrow transplant; now immune suppressants for the last 18 months, so I know my system is a mess.

  9. Mike O'Brien January 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Dr. Mark Hyman,
    what would be the best bill congress can pass that would educate consumers and transform the food industry . I was thinking of change our food labels to reflect the glycemic index. I was also thinking of a petition of millions of american from a grass roots campaign that was internet based( Ex. Facebook) . With a link to a website focused on our mission. I was thinking of personalizing the mission with individuals that are acheiving certain health related goals that would inspire others to get involved.
    what do you think,
    thanks and reguards,
    Mike O’brien

  10. Yogi Suzi January 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    Yes! I met a wonderful man last year. He was only 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighed 175 pounds. After eliminating all dairy, wheat, soy, corn, and gluten from his diet he went from 175 to 150. Eating a cleansing diet as we move towards spring is a wonderful way to eliminate the very foods that Dr. Hyman speaks of. Simply adding in gluten free high fiber grains, legumes and seeds to a diet high in vegetables will work wonders. Keeping the sugar content low is helpful. Cultured Vegetables, made at home, have a great deal of friendly bacteria and this helps bring the inner eco-system into balance.

  11. Davin January 20, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    What brands of probiotic do you recommend? I googled it and there are so many on the market, I don’t know what to choose. And, are all probiotics derived from cow’s milk?

  12. Susan Flack February 10, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    I have been suffering from hashimoto’s thyroiditis since the age of 27. I am now 50. My underactive thyroid was diagnosed after 15 years and my medication has been stabilised at 150mg for several years. I was told my thyroid is “minute”. Because of 30 extra kilos, I also have diabetes. For many years (at least 10) I have had high CRP, so chronic inflammation is a part of my life. I have tested positive for food allergies: egg, wheat, cheese, milk. So, I haven’t got a solution to these things yet. Perhaps taking glutamine could help?

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

      Thank you, Susan, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  13. Shannon March 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Here’s a question: How are you supposed to fix your gut when you have Oral Allergy Syndrome and are allergic to basically all raw fruit and vegetables? I have been trying to figure out how to work around this for years. Its gotten worse too I used to be able to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and only a few would bother me but now almost everything does.

    • Hee-Hee April 4, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

      I have the same issue! It is very difficult to choose medications, vitamins, and others because of the plant content. Doing #2 as Dr. Hymen recommends is extremely difficult. I can eat fully cooked fruits and veggies, but not many raw ones. If someone has more information, it would be gratefully accepted!

      • Marie September 6, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

        #2 does not state the fruits and vegetables have to be raw – if you can only eat them cooked, roasted or lightly steamed, I am sure that is fine since he does not say not to cook them in any way. Some vegetables are even better when lightly steamed as it allows your body to absorb more nutrients.

  14. Lori Fairbanks March 19, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    I have been on antibiotics for 8 months due to chronic lyme. I tried the elimination diet for the month of January but since my stomach seems to be always upset due to the antibiotics, it’s hard for me to tell which foods that I am adding back into my diet are affecting me or not….. It’s very confusing and frustrating at times. Would it be more feasible for me to do the elimination diet when I am off antibiotics?

    • L.L. August 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      may get an blood or skin test for allergies?

  15. Christine March 19, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    I have done all of the gluten free, yeast free, food allergen free diet, specific carbohydrate diet, and nothing has worked. Not for weight loss, but for IBS.

    I have even done IV chelation to remove metals, which weren’t totally off the charts. I have IBS and no one has been able to figure it out., even the functional medical experts. It really has more to do with the nerve endings in the gut than with anything else. Believe me, I tried for over 16 years to get to the root of this problem and the answer just isn’t out there yet.

    • L.L. August 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      do not give up, dr hyman is on the cutting edge of healing. HE LOOKS FOR THE CAUSE OF YOU TROUBLES, HE DOES NOT TREAT THE SYMPTOMS (with pills and operations), LIKE THE REST OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY DOSE (keeping you hooked on meds and office visits forever).
      i do not work for dr. hyman but i understand his practices and have been following him for years. i am not his patient but his books are enlightening and i see the truth in them. i bought his first book and knew immediately he was the one to go for healing and any medical condition.
      i look at dr. hyman as more a scientist who practices medicine. trust me that is what you want. he wants you free of your condition not making it tolerable. if you consult him you will not be sorry. you may try to treat yourself but your not a chemist biologist or a blood expert. your 30 minute search on www do not make you an expert in anything, you can only self diagnose to the point of your education experience and understand and if you have none your just guessing. the answer is out there your just not smart enough to discover it, leave that to experts like dr. hyman.

  16. Helen Campbell March 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    HI: I guess I have a leaky gut as I have primary lymphedema. I also have hypothyroidism. What is a natural probiotic. I thought I was eating probiotics by having yogurt every day. I have a big belly. I’m 138 lbs and would love to get rid of my belly. Thanks. Helen

  17. stacey March 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    YES!! Although i have always eaten exceptionally well, i did not exclude sugar or carbohydrates entirely from my diet. My question is, if someone were to ADD the good things such as the high-fiber, plant based foods, must they COMPLETELY exclude the “bad foods” from the diet??

  18. Wendy Cooper March 20, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    Is Inflammation affecting your weight?
    Yes. My whole body can swell like a balloon, and being able to do my activities of daily living can be quite a struggle.

    What steps do you plan to take to reduce inflammation?
    I am seeking information that will provide me with options.

    How has reducing inflammation affected your weight?
    Not Yet

    My thoughts:
    I am at 400 pounds, suffer from an inflammatory GI problem that controls my life as though I were a cat being swung by my tail. My diabetic numbers were for years around 350, but I have been able to bring them down to 175 – 200. Asthma, arthritis, and urinary spasms are all part of my daily considerations.

    Recently my doctor started testing my blood for allergies and sensitivities and much to my surprise, I am allergic to 90% of my diet and world. At this point, I am NOT allergic to meat, dairy, eggs, and coconut products. But, beans, rice, gluten, and most vegetables and fruits are on the bad list.

    Now that I have this information, I am not sure how to proceed. Most of the time I am swollen and in pain without relief or lack of swelling. I am not in contact enough with the symptoms to understand when I am reacting.

    I am grateful for the information you have provided, and would welcome more ideas.

    Wendy Cooper

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

      Thank you, Wendy, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

    • Patti May 26, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

      Hi Wendy,

      I had a lot of issues that were related to my gut, but they have improved greatly with probiotics, fiber, suppliments and diet. I’m still not in perfect health, but I’m much better, and I’m always looking for more info.

      I don’t know if you know this, but if you can eat dairy, eggs, and coconut products, you can bake a variety of baked goods that are more nutritious than the normal ones made with white flour. Check the low carb recipe sites for recipies.

      Search out unusual fruits and vegetables that you aren’t allergic to, and check recipe sites for ways to use them. I just puchased chayotes to make mock apple pie.

      When your gut improves you will be able to tolerate more foods; so don’t worry, you won’t have such a limited diet for the rest of your life. I can eat most things now.

      Good luck,

      Patti

  19. Dee Dee Vogt March 20, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    I am just now foregoing sugar & gluten and see that I should go a step farther with corn etc. I have probotics although I think they could be stronger. I have excess weight and belly fat. Luckily I love beans & greens. I’m a little daunted at all the ways these bad foods show up. I guess eating whole foods will make eating simpler. Wheat gives me boating & gas almost immediately. Thank you for this information!

  20. Linda March 20, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    This article rings true for me. I used to be 110 lbs. soaking wet and have put on 20 lbs. in the last 10-12 years without being able to lose it – no matter how much diet and exercise. I finally went to a chiropractor who had me tested for food sensitivities and I tested positive for dairy, eggs, and gluten. All these years the only time I felt good and had plenty of energy was when I fasted, but obviously couldn’t do that on a daily basis! So it has been about 2 weeks and I have only noticed about 2 lbs. of weight loss, but my skin is clear, blood pressure is down, and I am feeling well enough to walk 30 minutes to an hour in the evenings which is more than I could do previously after my long shifts as an RN. Thank you Dr. Hyman for bringing this to our attention and I feel especially fortunate to have stumbled upon a chiropractor who treated me holistically.

  21. Molly Horn March 20, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Thank you so much, doctor. I am a recent subscriber to your newsletters, but your research is really speaking to me. I appreciate that you offer solid referenced studies to back up your claims, and I look forward to learning much more from your research. This particular article seems to be something I need to try, for my health and for my future. Thank you for all of your hard work.

  22. Lisa Laughlin March 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    This is amazing info. My daughter is 12 and she has been putting on weight since kindergarden. We tried everything and then I saw a Dr. Oz. show on gas and learned about gluten. She’s been off gluten for 9 months and has no more gas, mouth soars and allergies. She still however is overwieght so I know there is something more. I think my next steps will be as follows:
    Probiotics and fish oil liquid
    Igg blood test

    Maybe she is sensative to something more than gluten.

  23. judy colburn May 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    I know what you are saying is true. I have had two cases of the shingles
    in the last 4 months. I think it is from stress and bad food choices.
    I would like to know which one of your books have the info for leaky gut.
    Thanks

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

      The book you should take a look at is the UltraSimple Diet.

      Take good care.

  24. cindy May 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    I gained 40 # 10 yrs ago, developed type 2 diabetes, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia & generally felt pretty exhausted in pain or in a fog most of the time.
    I found out I was allergic to wheat, peanuts & tomatoes in Nov last year.(after i asker my dr as an afterthought to do blood allergy testing)
    I eliminated gluten from my diet & gained 10# in 5 months !!
    Possibly because I am finally absorbing nutrients ???
    Have just recently tried adding a good probiotic, am working out at a gym 2X a week, practice tai chi or chiqong or yoga daily & have managed to loose 6#, do not get constant sinus infections, have not had any illnesses at all since i quit gluten, and my blood sugar stays in the 90-120 range!!
    Started Glucommann today !!
    Will let you know how it goes.
    Thanks soooo much for all of the information you provide.
    (I was also tested 10 yrs ago for mercury levels & had EXTREMELY high levels of lead, mercury & cadmium& can not use DMPS because of my kidneys)

  25. Kim May 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    I have been spinning my wheels for 5 years trying to get a proper diagnosis, these are all classic symtpoms for me, unable to lose weight no matter how pristine my diet and exercise program. I finally found a doctor who diagnosed me with Autoimmune disease, I already knew I had leaky gut after being diagnoses 8 months ago. I had remoeved gluten from my diet, but still didnt see any changes in term of weight loss. I just started a program to remove all dairy, grains, lectins, caffeine and soy from my diet in addition to the gluten. It is my hope that I will see dramatic reduction in inflammation as well as weight loss.

    My undiagnosed medical issues are a contributor to infertility as well, It is my hope that once I repair my gut, reduce my inflammation, that I will be able to sustain a pregnancy as well. I urge anybody who has been struggling to get tested for autoimmune disease or at least try the steps Dr Hyman recommends in this article, it could be life changing. I was mis-diagnoses as being Hypothyroid, I dont dont that I have a sluggish thyroid, but I believe that is the symptom not the actual disease. Don’t give up on your health, if you know there is something wrong, dont settle for a misdiagnosis, You have the right to look and feel great just like any other healthy person.

  26. Peggy May 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I eliminated all processed foods, foods that irritated my stomach along with night shade family foods and ate this way for just 6 days along with plenty of water and probiotics, I lost 10 lbs and all of my symptoms left. I have fibromyalia and have been struggling with weight gain now for 4 years. This is when my symptoms first started and to have them stop in just 6 days is amazing. I am living proof this information is true. When I went back to my regular eating, it took several months, but my symptoms came back. I am going back to the healthier way of eating and am looking so forward to feeling better again.

  27. Winwin May 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    On a last ditch effort to clear up some fertility issues, I eliminated some allergens from my diet and lost 20 lbs almost effortlessly. It was like taking a magic pill, they just fell off. It blew me away. I believe I was very insulin resistant and extremely inflamed. I seem to have hit a plateau now, and it’s probably due to the occasional gluten spree, but boy I feel loads better!

  28. Joe May 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Somehow, the weight and health issues of others becomes my problem when people tell me they can’t change it as if I am supposed to accept it whether I like it or not. Because they tell me with such attitude, I believe it truly forces me a bond with them, in having them want to talk to me that way. Information like this is very important. The more one can understand how the body is complex but doesn’t have to always be complex… with one more fact that just reminds us or allows us to bond better well with the bodies own optimization through immunity and “what makes us happy.”

    By knowing common allergens: gluten, soy, diary, eggs, corn, yeast, and peanuts, and by reviewing them by maybe tasting them and manifesting how I feel when I consume them, as a somewhat healthy and fit person, I can learn to distinguish them by intuition. Obviously, that ability requires… nothing… but to prove that ability and to clarify it may take some time. It’s like how I once noticed how a dog was barking accordingly to how I reacted to seeing my neighbor and his dog walking at night, if I can notice that through “clarification” like meditation… or walking with my eyes closed and just relax, then maybe I can “detect” other things better, by continuing any means of clarification.

    People need a solid doctor that will not only help but eliminate the problem. I don’t know your knowledge of general or common medicine but to my intuition, I would think medicine is supposed to help and promote health, and not just the curing of the symptoms. If herbs supposedly help, I can guess more easily they promote health better than these weird medications I hear about every now and then that have these weird mixtures of chemicals that make up their name. I don’t get that but it’s easier to get herbs… even though some are so far-fetched in difference with others. Like, there’s marijuana, but then there’s poison ivy. There’s tobacco but then there is peppermint. There is walnut hull but how does that differ from… oregano? What if very few poisonous plants actually promote a “stronger” strength, mentally or physically, depending on the mental focus or practice, diet, and fitness, and immunity? Just speculation from my ignorant opinion but I have thought enough to wonder… for the most educated and applied… scientist or research professional.

    “That’s also why I talk the way I do because I SPEND SO MUCH TIME figuring it out… like the scientist from Resident Evil trying to help her daughter; I try to help myself and by helping msyelf, I can help others.” -Me, but I do understand what I say about poisons. I am ignorant, but I figure there has to be a way to know a sure outcome by combined “proposals,” like cooking a distinct recipe make require just a tiny bit of this and that. Even if you know how to measure ingredients, you have to how to cook, simmer, when to add specific ingredients, etc. and only for the better or good outcome, is better to test to only prove, since today demands proof. That’s just extremes. For now, I really enjoy just reading about how things work and or things like this, especially. I can honestly say if I learned more about cooking, I can definitely make, by percentage and IF I weigh by thinking skills correctrly, the cooking skills will influence other skills in my life.

  29. Ethan May 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    i have seen an improvement with my stonmach since i have tried to heal my gut.

  30. Ashley Bechtold May 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Great article! I was wondering if food allergies and inflammation are also attributed to being unable to gain weight? I discovered I was Gluten Intolerant about a year ago after getting sick and losing 15 lbs in two weeks (15 lbs that I did not have to lose!). After avoiding gluten for almost a year I have yet to gain more than 3 lbs back. I also just found out that I am allergic to Vitamin C… So after changing my diet in the last year to a mostly raw food and plant based diet I find out that I have been reacting to Vitamin C and I am still dealing with other health issues. I have been getting acupressure to treat the allergy and I’m hoping my body will adjust because it would be virtually impossible for me to avoid Vitamin C forever. Food allergies are terrible.

  31. Tatjana May 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    I have problems throughout their lives, 51 years. From December 2010 until today, I was diagnosed with hereditary autoimmune disease (also has a daughter, my mother, …). as a result I have primary biliary cirrhosis. Infatuated with the entire digestive tract. They note is how the thyroid.

    Before two days has been demonstrated allergy to all grains (no gluten), on all foods of animal origin (eggs worst), peanuts and all nuts (except walnuts), soy, ginger, garlic, potatoes, yeast, … – Almost everything that is eating the last 6 weeks. The test will be continued, because I eating seasonal food.

    Than it looks – I can eat almost all fruits and almost all vegetables.

    With the help of your articles I insisted that I also tested after many difficulties and the unwillingness of doctors. Today I am grateful dr. Hyman.
    I believe that we will shlapelo much weight that has accumulated last 10 years. Many will leave lasting effects. This I know.

    And all this is happening in Europe … God bless you. Thank you for your efforts and work. Help many people – via the Internet.

  32. Linda Douglas September 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    My problems began with scar tissue resulting from an appendix operation, leading to a bowel resection, then adhesions and more scar tissue and a second bowel resection. Now no surgery is allowed except after I have gone septic. So I have had to use some form of laxative every 2 or 3 days to relieve constipation. I eat no meat because it is hard to digest thoroughly, and I eat no gluten. Gas and bloating are enormous problems for me. I believe you are correct about the inflammation resulting from lack of good bacteria ( i take a good probiotic), but I cannot figure out how to keep a good supply of good bacteria under these circumstances. I will try your recommendations of eliminating possible allergens, however eggs and nuts are major sources of protein for me. I am gaining weight in spite of low calorie intake and regular exercise. Suggestions???

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

      Thank you for your message, Linda, and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  33. Theresa Keller October 1, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    Thank you for all the informative articles that you provide as a guideline to good health. May your blessing abound for your generosity.

  34. Joyce October 1, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Thank you for confirming what I have suspected for years – that food allergies cause weight gain, and that other factors besides poor diet can contribute to weight problems. I have multiple health problems and find it impossible to lose weight. Recently, I went on a monthlong elimination diet while taking a product said to help with leaky gut syndrome. I lost 10 pounds during that month – an unprecedented rate of weight loss for me. I discovered multiple food insensitivities, eliminated the big ones and rotated the rest. I felt much better.
    Love your emails and the fact that you continue to put out interesting, relevant, new information. Thank you for all you do!!!

  35. Mona October 1, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Interesting article.
    2 Comments: my 16 yr. old son is very thin…..but suffers from allergies & bad acne.
    I asked to have a lactose intolerance breath test done on him and he had to follow a strict diet for 2 weeks…..no dairy and no bread products (which are made with milk). Even before taking the test his skin cleared up. The results were that he wasn’t intolerant to dairy—but that he had a great deal of “bad” bacteria in his gut on the first reading of the breath test, which then went down once he drank something. His breath was measured every half hour after that and the results were he needed an antibiotic to clear up his gut – although he wasn’t allergic to milk.
    When he eats cereal and milk he feels awful all day and his skin gets really bad. However, he is allergic to many pollens in the air which during the spring and fall have a close association with many fruits and vegetables – which also trigger a runny nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat. Often it seems as if he has a bad head cold, when in effect it is his allergies. There’s actually very little he can eat. What do I need to do???

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

      Hi Mona,

      Sorry to hear about your son. Thank you for writing in and sharing. It seems he has a lot of inflammation and needs to restore healthy bacterial balance to his gut. The best program for him is an anti inflammatory diet and supplement protocol. Check this out for more info:
      1. http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/UltraMetabolism
      2.http://drhyman.com/is-your-digestive-system-making-you-sick-582/ here you will find some preliminary information on foods and supplements to begin healing his gut and cooling the inflammation

      If you feel the prudent approach is to see a doctor in person, we recommend a Functional Med practitioner. To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine’s website. Here you will find a place to enter your zip code and look for practitioner’s in your area that have completed the institute’s five-day training course in functional medicine. Understand that not all of the doctors listed here will fit your particular needs. Many different medical professionals complete this training, and you will have to do additional research on your own regarding a particular practitioner’s approach and whether or not it fits your specific medical requirements. This may include calling the practioner’s office, visiting his or her website, and/or scheduling a consultation

      In good health

  36. Teresa October 1, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Could you post the citations for the research articles mentioned?

    Thanks.

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      Mark Hyman, MD December 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

      Hi Teresa, thank you for your post. We have corrected the error, thank you for bringing it to our attention.

      Wishing you health!

      • Sarah June 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

        I can’t seem to find the authors or titles of the research articles, is there any way you can comment with them here?

  37. Jim Shear October 1, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    About 18 months ago, I eliminated gluten and dairy for 6 weeks and lost over 20 lbs. and my gut problems started improving dramatically. I saw a naturalpathic doctor and she helped me eliminate a long standing candidia infestation which my first gastro dr. said “doesn’t exist”. More vegetables and fruit, less red meat, and the elimination of alcoholic beverages and sugary soda also makes a huge difference. Keep up the great educational posts, your advice is always excellent!

  38. Linda Wemhoff October 1, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I have menu plans and recipes using whole foods on my website http://www.RecipeForPeace.com and I’ve posted a few clips on YouTube to show how to prepare some dishes also if it will help anyone. :>)

  39. Rebecca October 1, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    This intuitively makes sense to me. A while back, I went on a raw vegan diet and all of my digestive problems (gas, bloating, frequent bowel movements that were loose and unformed) cleared up within a few days. With a raw vegan diet, I eliminated all of the common allergens you mentioned. However, I could not sustain this way of eating for very long, and soon after returning to a my regular vegan diet – healthy by most standards – of whole grains, soy, etc, my problems returned. I will do the elimination diet again; however, this time I will eat cooked foods too and maybe consider adding some high quality animal protein as I am now bordering on iron-deficiency anemia – probably due to malabsorption of nutrients. Leaky gut???

    Dr. Hyman, thank you for living up to the Hippocratic Oath. If all doctors were like you, imagine what a great, healthy world we would live in – with everyone able to reach their highest potential! Many blessings and much happiness to you.

  40. Paula October 1, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Two years ago I was told by a naturopathic doctor that I needed to do a yeast free diet. The elimination diet was so extreme that I found it hard to stick with it. About 3 weeks ago I started looking at it differently. Instead of saying what I couldn’t have, I tried to focus o what I could have and come up with healthy meals using these foods. First I cut out sugar and dairy, then went caffeine, then meat, until finally I did find myself on a full plant-based diet. I love it. It wasn’t always easy, but information like this article, helps you to understand the reaction your body is having helps me to fight against the cravings…I want to take back control! I am 10 pounds lighter, have improved mental clarity, and more energy. Thank you for your research and your passion in helping others.

  41. Barbara Nuss October 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Several months ago I had my blood plasma tested for allergens and other imbalances. The results were strongly positive for candida (yeast which overpopulates the “good” bacteria and leads to leaky gut) and gave me a list of the allergenic foods that my body was reacting to by producing IgGs. I began an anti-candida/anti allergen diet by simply eliminating those allergenic foods and the foods that feed the candida (sugars, yeast, vinegar, fermented foods, wine, beer, etc.). I was not overweight according to the height/weight charts but had those extra menopausal pounds that I would love to have had simply drop off and restore me to my premenopausal weight. In just three months I have dropped almost 20 pounds! And I am now back to my weight from 20 years ago! And I did not add any additional exercise to this program. I am amazed and delighted! I am an RN and now planning to study whole food nutrition and change from nursing sick people to stay sick to helping people heal themselves into natural and complete health. We ARE truly what we eat!!!

  42. Connie October 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    I lost about 70lbs with diet and exercise and then without changing anything it slowly came back. My conventional dr had nothing to help me so I went to another who did food sensitvity testing and I’ve been off everything that popped up for almost four months now with no improvement. I’m tired and achy and so frustrated. I’m eating very clean, veggies fruits grass fed beef light on the grains coconut oils and home made kefir (water & dairy) and bone broth. I am at a loss

  43. ushie October 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    My problem is that I’m allergic to all fruits and most vegetables. What am I supposed to do? Seriously, I’m reduced to certain meats, eggs, and dairy because I can’t eat anything else without choking or throwing up. Help!

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      Hi Ushie,

      There might be reasons behind your allergies and we could advise you seek professional assistance from a trained Functional med practitioner. To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine’s website. Here you will find a place to enter your zip code and look for practitioner’s in your area that have completed the institute’s five-day training course in functional medicine. Understand that not all of the doctors listed here will fit your particular needs. Many different medical professionals complete this training, and you will have to do additional research on your own regarding a particular practitioner’s approach and whether or not it fits your specific medical requirements. This may include calling the practioner’s office, visiting his or her website, and/or scheduling a consultation

      In good health

  44. Ann Lauritsen October 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Thanks to UltraMind I was able to recover the nouns I lost from the anesthesia of a knee surgery. Gluten free, dairy free for six weeks and the nouns that I couldn’t recall were back. It used to be that I would never think of a noun I couldn’t retrieve even days later. After 2 weeks on the diet, they would enter my mind in about 20 minutes. Now, after a year on the diet, but it began at 6 weeks, I can recall the words in about 4 seconds. Very few people in our fast paced society will give a person seconds, but it has been a huge relief to me.

    With regard to weight and IBS symptoms, however, following your plan helped me very little. I consulted with three gastroenterologist over the course of about 12 years. They ran all the usual tests. The only thing not well-tested was my gall bladder. I had no stones, so all was well. It wasn’t until I started having severe cramping that my doctor suggested that I have the Hida Scan. My gall bladder was essentially dead, and I suspect that it had been for years. Before I was even fully recovered from the anesthesia, I felt absolutely wonderful. Talk about toxins in the system! I had been poisoned by my gall bladder. Now my mind is much clearer, I have more energy, and I have lost 12 pounds in 2 months. I suppose my good eating habits inspired by you kept me going all those years!

  45. Lorene Weaver October 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Thank you so much for this article. I have been on a gluten free diet for a number of years, I’m lactose intolerant, eggs make me sick, but I do eat things with egg in them and that will stop right now, had been on a yeast free diet years ago and I did profit so I can do it again, and now that leaves corn and peanuts – ooooh. I can do it for three weeks. It doesn’t leave me much as I’ve been told to stay away from the night shade veggies, know I’m allergic to melons of all kinds, and just discovered that the hives I’ve been experiencing are caused by green tea! I found online that I am not alone in that allergy which can be severe.

    I have been frustrated as a few years ago I shed 50 lbs but have put 30 back on in the last year and a half. Nothing I do causes weight loss except when I take lasix. – that’s usually after a 5lb weight gain in one day.

  46. CJC October 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Provocative information. What foods are suggested for breakfast if elimination diet is undertaken? Most traditional breakfast foods seem to be off limits. Thanks.

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

      Hi CJC,

      We recommend whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice or millet with some flax seed, nuts and berries. Or try a delicious super foods protein shake with hypoallergenic protein powder, berries, flax seed or chia or hemp seed, raw cocao, cinnamon or any other spices you might enjoy. Check some out here: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Shakes-And-Snacks

      In good health

  47. Helmut Beierbeck October 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Important information! But where is the reference list?

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      Mark Hyman, MD December 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      Hi Helmut, thank you for your post. We have corrected the error, thank you for bringing it to our attention.

      Wishing you health!

  48. Valerie October 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    This really rings true for me! I know I am allergic to bell peppers (and other foods in the nightshade category) so I stay away from them if I can. I started taking a new dietary fiber supplement (www.SkinnyFiberBiz.com) containing the ingredient, glucomannan, and I’ve been able to lose 10 pounds this past month! So, this article really could explain a lot about how our bodies work and how we can start fixing the inflammation (changing the foods we eat – not just eating MORE veggies, but WHICH veggies) and adding the soluble fiber.
    Please continue posting comments, as this is great information!
    I hope I can help many of you achieve this too!

  49. Yvette McIntire October 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    I always love the information you share and often re-share it through Facebook & Twitter. Thanks for spreading truth about proper nutrition.

    My question about this article is what about good fats? You state that “High-fat diets change the bacterial flora in the gut. Toxin-producing bugs are promoted by the high-fat diet while anti-inflammatory and protective bugs die off.” And later you refer to this high-fat diet as “equivalent of an American diet.” I eat what many would consider a high-fat diet, but the fats are from sources such as extra virgin olive oil, flax seed oil, raw organic nuts, and grapeseed oil for cooking, etc. Which, in my opinion, is not “equivalent to the American diet.” So is it only high-fat diets from toxic fat sources that kill off good flora or do high fat diets from good fat sources do the same?

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

      Dear Yvette,
      Those are all great fats! Moderation is key.

      In good health

  50. Anders Skogberg October 2, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    Thank you a lot Dr Mark Hyman, that you are sharing the readers on internet your great knowledge. My opinion is that you are total right in all! It seems so logic.

    I want to share one fieldt that you MUST look more in to. As you mention in this article study no 2: They took thin mice and then fed them a very high-fat diet!

    I am living in Sweden and we have been coming far on this field. For more than 40 years we have been threathen that fat is dangerous for us but in the same time it is essential! Carbohydrates are not essential as protein and fat are for human beeings.

    Many swedish citizens have starting going opposit the society recomendations and starting to take away most carbohydrates and instead eating more natural fat, coconut oil, butter and fat from animals, some extra virgin olivoil is ok too. Eat clean natural products as fish, meat, eggs, butter and vegetables living over ground. AS little as possible proccesed food. What happens is that most of these often sick and also overweight people get their health back and in the same time get their natural weight back (loose weight)!

    This is called LCHF – Low Carbohydrates High Fat – in sweden. A doctor Andreas Eenfeldt have written the very good book “Food revolution” and he has also the biggest swedish health blogg and it is in english too! Please read the book and the blogg and the scince about this!

    For me starting to eat this healthy food three years back, my stomach became calm and I was not hungry all the time, I didn´t have to go to piss on the toilett every to hours in the night and my eyes became better. But the best part I could eat and feal satisfied, not hungry all the time!

    For people with type two diabetes their glucoselevel do not go up than they are eating LCHF so they do not need to posion their body with medical insuline. They reverse their diabetes type two and became healthy. It is simple to check the sugar level after eating such food, with testing instrument at home, you will see that the sugar level will not rice in the body! And after a while you also get free from the sugarcravings! Often you have a adicition to sugar strong as it can be to alcohole, games, sex etc.

    I have lost nearly 40 kg by eating like this and got my health back. Notice I support you in every thing you are writng but I think you should check this important thing more!

    Please!
    Your sincerely
    MSc
    Anders Skogberg

  51. Julie October 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I am 48,127 pound, 5’3″ mother of two daughters and don’t have to work at “diet” because I eat balanced style Dr. H recommends (and could still do better to increase energy.) I write today about my 74 year old stroke then seizure survivor mother who has vary particular diet with limited palatable tastes and cooking smells that seem to limit her. She keeps plain graham crackers, cheese, milk, white rice, “Wonder Bread”, “Skippy” peanut butter, and eggs as the staples of her diet (all the ones to begin to avoid basically). Occasional canned apricots/peaches, apples and carrots make their way into her kitchen. She’ll eat healthier when dining out or if daughters bring a real meal. (Chocolate Slimfast has become a recent staple.) She is just over 200 lbs at 5’5” and on the death track, low energy, aches, headaches and poo poos daughters’ comments about her bad diet. She has been told to limit vegetables as blood thinners are taken. I’ve begun to let her go… Any luck getting through to people like this? Oh yeah, she was practicing RN 1959-1961. Frustrated but still loving daughter # 2 Julie

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

      Hi Julie,

      Thank you for sharing your journey with your moms health. It is very difficult to watch those we love go through pain in life without wanting to butt in. It sounds like your mom is very closed off to hearing information from her daughters which yes, must be very frustrating! But the key to winning her over is bu giving her love and basic advice at a slow rate. The approach you take while talking with might go a lot furher if done from a place of love, tenderness and concern. Often when we fear losing someone we love we tend to use tones of fear, anger and negative energy. And who wants to be taught lessons from people who seem so angry! Let your mom know that you “hear” her message and all you want is to honor her right to health. If she starts to open, start slowly with diet ideas. Eating together is a calming and sensual environment- lighting, sounds, pleasant conversation etc. is all part of the healing approach to nutrition.

      Have patience…

  52. Jackie October 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    I was tested with igG4 and igE antibodies for allergies three months ago. I was in the moderate range for cottage cheese, casein, cow’s milk, egg white, baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast and mushrooms. I was told that I could eat these foods every four days, if I wanted to. I started to gain weight 6 months ago, even while eating mostly the foods in phase ll of Ultra-Metabolism. But after reading this article and remembering when I first did the Phase 1, two years ago, from your book. I started losing weight easier then I had every been able to.. Before reading your book, I had tried faithfully following other diets with no results for a long time. I have many illnesses from a very complicated history. I have found alot of help from the functional doctor I now see. After reading this article…I question if it’s good for me to eat any of the above mentioned foods. Maybe my body is more sensitive and foods in my “moderate range” is better in be avoided. This is what I got out of what you shared. Thank you, Dr. Hyman. You have help many of us in so many ways.

  53. nancy October 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Hi, Dr. H., I have swelling in my legs/feet. I have hypothyriod. I love peanutbutter since I was a child. I don’t want to give it up. I feel eggs are healthy. I love bread too. I only started this trouble in my 40’s. I’m 52 now. I don’t beleive it’s only diet. It can’t be. What thoughts/helpful advice do you have? Thanks, nancy

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

      Hi Nancy,

      Thank you for sharing your health concerns with us. We want you to get the best medical attention and think you need personalized attention. To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine’s website. Here you will find a place to enter your zip code and look for practitioner’s in your area that have completed the institute’s five-day training course in functional medicine. Understand that not all of the doctors listed here will fit your particular needs. Many different medical professionals complete this training, and you will have to do additional research on your own regarding a particular practitioner’s approach and whether or not it fits your specific medical requirements. This may include calling the practioner’s office, visiting his or her website, and/or scheduling a consultation

      In a glance it appears you could start with an elimination diet protocol. Have you heard of this? The goal is to eliminate the top allergens from your diet including gluten, dairy, soy, corn, peanuts and yeast. During this time you will be repairing your gut with supplements and probiotics and taking an anti inflammtory dietary approach. Essentially we would like to see you eat a plant based diet with some fish, lean poultry, nuts, seeds and low glycemic carbohydrates.

      Learn more here:
      1. http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/04/20/are-your-food-allergies-making-you-fat/
      2. http://drhyman.com/blog/conditions/gluten-what-you-dont-know-might-kill-you/

      In good health

  54. JERRY COUGHLIN October 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    For leaky gut & IBS I take Klaire Labs Ther-biotics Complete Probiotic Supplement, Metagenics EPA-DHA Extra strength Omega 3s & Springreen Wheat Germ Oil & unsaturated Fatty Acids of Flaxseed Oil plus tons of other supplements.

    Your report is right on; however despite taking the above and practicing a non-dairy, gluten-free diet, I am unableto reduce the bloat and belly fat which adds 20#.

    JERRY COUGHLIN

  55. tom October 4, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    Hi,
    All info is great and relevant – I am relieved to finally find someone who agrees that toxic pathogens are the root cause of all sickness. Inflammation can be triggered directly or indirectly, but our exposure to toxic pathogens is a real issue.
    Only factor I am personally strong on – is that for people who have reached a critical imbalance of these internal toxins – diet and exercise will not be enough to fix it. I am talking about toxic pathogens that can not be eliminated by the immune system, and so they are in control of disease.
    Medication is unlikely to address all the possible toxins that may be responsible, simply because they have too narrow a line of action, and how do you know which is really the one causing inflammation?
    I guess this critical issue is why people do not recover from disease, especially in old age – and no interest is shown – because there is no financial gain – and so no real effort is made in this matter.
    but guess what – there is a solution – and i am on the way to proving it – with medicinal plant oils.

  56. Cedar Wilde October 11, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    When you say eat a “whole-food, plant based diet” do you mean that we shouldn’t eat any meat or fish or other animal products? If so, how are we to get enough protein (if we don’t like tofu) to keep going? I’ve been told that being pre-diabetic means that I should eat plenty of protein as well as the fruit and veg usually recommended.

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Cedar,
      A whole foods diet means eating food that look like they did when first harvested from their natural source- no packaging or processing and only 1 ingredient, itself! For example, an apple is a whole food but apple juice is not. Without the fiber, the body does not process all the sugar well, even though it is fruit sugar. So, you can see how with a simple example like this how easy it is for our bodies to become overwhelmed with many ingredients loaded into todays consumer products. So, we advise keeping it simple- if you can picture it growing in the wild. its most likely fine…

      As for meat- it follows a similar premise. If the meat comes to you resembling how it existed in the wild (meaning it ate its natural diet, was not pumped full of hormones, antibiotics or other chemicals to force it to fit to market standards) than yes in moderate quantities, this protein is very helpful in controlling hormones, satiety and pleasure in the dining experience. The point is, be choosey about your meat and trace back where it came from so that you are consuming healthy meat!

      Look for organic, grassfed, pasturefed, wild meat, poultry and fish. Stay clear of farmed fish and meat as they are usually very toxic and loaded with fake chemicals which harm our bodies and confuse their metabolic rhythms.

      In good health

  57. KATHY GOYETTE November 1, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    I not only have to eliminate all of the foods you mention, corn, yeast, soy,and maybe gluten but I have terrible allergies to mold and cannot keep foods fresh enough for my system not to get upset because of the slightest breakdown of any food and I have a reaction. I have a lot of fruits, and greens especially spinach that I cannot keep for any length of time. So all of these ideas are probably simple for most people but difficult with all of my extra problems.

  58. Anna November 12, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    Thank you for the insight – I have to say for me the most powerful difference I feel – almost immediately – is when I cut out sugar. Sugar makes me bloated and gassy and distends my stomach hugely. It would make sense as bad bacteria feeds on sugar and would throw the delicate balance of good and bad off entirely. I am going to try and cut out those allergens you mentioned and see if that helps me further in solving my seasonal allergies and asthma.

  59. spaccio hogan November 18, 2011 at 1:20 am #

    Extremely good article. I am a hypnotherapist and agree wholeheartedly with your article

  60. Helen November 23, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    Hi
    My 20 year old daughter has cut out dairy and gluten out of her diet and had great results with lifting of brain fog, acne, exhaustion, circulation and sinus issues. She has recently had a bout of sinus infection and had a course of antibiotics. The problem is now she had terrible dark circles again and is incredibly bloated. She has put on about 1 stone in 6 months and is carrying huge weight around her middle and thighs. Cellulite is quite predominent. Just a tiny bit of dairy she has diaherea and gluten gives shocking headaches and fog. What else should she look at eliminating and / or treatment or testing to follow through with? We notice she is eating alot of gluten free bread and rice. She does take a good probiotic and is quite particular about her diet. It is causes a tremendous amount of frustration.
    Thanks Helen

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

      HI Helen,

      If her digestion is off and she is consuming a lot of sugars via rice and bread than this might lead to the bloating, gas, weight gain etc. Especially if she was on antibiotics than she should be a high quality probiotic with a therapeutic dose of CFUs. It sounds like she might need to eliminate gluten and dairy for a while to control inflammation and allow her system to balance out. Also, eating a high fiber diet, low glycemic carb diet will work well for her. The sugars can cause inflammation and promote a weakened immune system allowing for more food allergies. So even if it is gluten free, it would serve her well to focus on whole grains and vegetable starches in moderation- like 1/3 cup per serving!

      In good health!

  61. Vince January 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Hello,

    I am a 26 year old male who has been struggling with weight my entire life. I have tried various diets and exercise programs but I never seem to have any real results. I have had the opportunity on 2 separate occasions to go spend an extended period of time in Italy, and while I was there my activity level decreased and I ate much more. Since I was abroad I tried not to worry about my weight and to enjoy the food of Italy (which I ate ALOT of, all the time) and both times while I was there, I dramatically lost weight (about 30-40 lbs) over just a couple of months. Knowing this, I tried my hardest to maintain an aggressive diet and exercise regime after I returned to the USA the last time, however I still managed to gain back all my old weight (and more). Could this be some kind of food allergy or intolerance?

    Thank you!

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      Mark Hyman, MD January 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      Hi Vince,

      Great question. First off, how lucky to spend that kind of time in Italy. The most important question to ask yourself- how was food experienced there and how might that be compared to how you do food back here in the states?

      Our body mind connection with food has everything to do with our ability to properly metabolize, absorb and use the nutrients from food properly. My hunch is that when you were in Italy you allowed yourself to silence your food-anxious mind and yet increase your ability to experience pleasure from food. The tastes, the smells, the fresh vibrancy and the beautiful colors all create a food vacation every time you ate. Under this state, your body was able to relax and shift into parasympathetic mode which is what we need to be in to digest and assimilate our food. Here we feel nourished, energized and at our healthy weight for wellness.

      Contrast that with food culture in the states which rush the meal and mainly use the color white or tan as the focus of food to tantalize the palatte, kind of boring… Food is usually feared here and we often rush through it thus increasing stress hormones. This shifts us into the sympathetic zone where we dont metabolize our food well and often see everything from indigestion, gas, bloating to food senstitivies, stubborn weight gain or inability to lose weight as well as the onslaught of chronic inflammatory diseases…

      So yes, your first question might be, “how can I slow down at each mean and allow myself true nourishment?”

      In good health and slow eating!
      Lizzy

  62. Cindy January 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    You may have just saved my life! I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 3 1/2 years ago. I have gain 40 pounds and feel miserable. It never occurred to me that I might be allergic to caseins, corn or yeast. Yes, my diet has been horrible and I feel like I am going to blow up. My stomach is extended and I look 9 months pregnant. I am so ashamed of myself! I’m sure inflammation is really out of control and my doc is checking for diabetes. You mentioned a couple of things to take to control inflammation but I’m not familiar with them. I am familiar with the probiotic supplement. What else do you recommend?? I am ordering your book and starting my new life immediately! Thank you for your posts – will find you on Facebook!

  63. April January 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    I am a 38 year old healthy female. I am overweight by about twenty pounds. I am a dance teacher. I exercise a lot. I have been tested and am allergic to dairy, soy, wheat, yeast, eggs, almonds, lentils, cane sugar and honey. No matter what I do, I cannot seem to lose weight. I cut calories and journal what I eat. I have a hypothyroid. Since I found out I was allergic to so much, I have not really, truly cut those foods from my diet. Do you think that this will help me to lose those twenty pounds? Does eating those foods cause harm to my body?
    Thank you very much-)

  64. Sandra May 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    I am 54 years old. I am an allergic person…Poison Oak, Honey Bee stings etc. I have been 10-20 lbs overweight for the past couple of decades…I eat a good diet but have recently (past 10 months) noticed a decline in energy and general well being. I started going to a clinic to get a vitamin B-12 + B-complex injection (per a friend’s advice). The boost that these shots gave me was amazing. I thought “placebo” at first but tested it by stopping for 3 weeks and then getting another and again, this really good vibrance came over me during the following 5-7 days, clearer mind, (more alert)…general well being.. etc.

    So I looked farther into it and returned to the Naturopathic Clinic with a bunch of questions. After a consultation (2 hours) with one of the Dr.s there and 3 vials of blood taken (sent to Mass. for food allergy testing), it seems I have many food sensitivities (Almonds, Green Beans Lima Beans Pinto Beans, Egg Yoke, Safflower, Wheat & Gluten & Yeast…those being the most reactive). I am not up taking nutrients from the food I eat…hence the big boost when I get a B shot.

    One of my big complaints was fatigue, puffiness and my digestion was not “normal”. I was put on a program to eliminate the foods I am sensitive to and enzymes etc. to help with digestion. Big improvement!!! 10 lbs in 10 days (mostly inflammation…my body & joints are less puffy all over)…thus far. My eyes are no longer blood shot, my skin is less dry and I am feeling generally better….it’s only been 10 days that I have been clear of the allergic foods. There are still plenty of things I can eat and I haven’t missed or “longed for” any on the elimination list. My already “healthy” diet shifted a bit. The most difficult one to avoid will be Black Pepper…everyone cooks with it and it is not always listed separately in the ingredient list (Chai Tea: example), rather included in the word “spices”.

    I am very grateful to see this blog. My western medicine Drs. historically have dismissed my telling them that I should be feeling “better” because I am an active person…that I was “pushing through” my days. They asked if I was depressed and suggested anti-depressants…say what? It is my sense that I am on the road to recovery. Good thing!

  65. Deborah May 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Hi,
    I started doing some research about my own suspected allergies and how this might be adversely affecting me physically such as fatigue, fluid retention and weight issues, and mental wellbeing such as depression, anxiety and irritability. I came across this website and the studies reported by Dr. Hyman and I’m wondering could there possibly be a connection between food allergies and dementia? My father has dementia -most doctors use Alzheimer’s to categorize him but it never sat well with me. My father had food intolerances throughout his life, none ever confirmed but I know it was so bad he went to a nutritionist and she put him on an elimination diet. For my dad to do this meant that it would have been pretty bad because he rarely seeks help in any way. Unfortunately he did not continue with this way of eating. He also suffered with arthritis all of his life. He has a cousin with coeliac. I know from my limited knowledge of neuroscience that LPS is used to create an animal model of dementia and I’m just wondering if you know of any research linking allergies to dementia and if so if diet can reverse or alleviate dementia?

  66. jaguar June 2, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    i’m a vegetarian.
    it says to cut: dairy, eggs, corn, yeast, and peanuts. Some people are sensitive to soy, so you can also cut that out. <~ what else can i eat? :(

  67. Grubarazzi June 2, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Something inside me always knew this was the problem, but when I would go to the doctor with my list of ailments they never had an answer. I always left feeling more crazy, sick and frustrated. After reading your book it all finally made sense and the first thing I did was eliminate gluten, dairy and processed foods. It took longer than 3 weeks. At first my new diet started making me get hives from everything. I would eat a tomato and break out in a rash. But then it all came together. My ankles and hands stopped swelling, my gut felt light, my brain fog disappeared, and a real sense of relief washed over me. The elimination of dairy, gluten and excess sugar was the answer for me. 10 weeks later I am down 22 pounds and I have my health back. Thank you for being one of the few voices for people like me.

  68. Psap June 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    I have been on a purely plant based diet for about a month now. I have been off gluten for 2 years prior to starting this plant based lifestyle. I find that I have terrible diarrhea on this diet, perhaps too much fiber? But it seems everything I eat on the diet beans, greens, etc. is wreaking havoc on my digestive system. Additionally after all this I have actually gained weight which I can’t understand. I am writing down everything I eat and counting calories, I have eaten less than 1200 calories per day. I do have hypothyroidism and take medication for it, I am starting to wonder if maybe I need to up my meds on that because I can’t lose a pound and I am eating close to nothing! Please help, I am so discouraged, I need to lose a good 60 pounds. Any ideas? I am not sure I could function well on less that 1000 calories a day.

  69. Kim July 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Dr. Hyman,
    I have been following a whole foods, plant based diet now for about 3-4 months. I’ve eliminated all dairy, soy, gluten, and meat products from my diet. I take a probiotic twice a day, morning and night. I have not had any improvements in acne during these last 3 months. It seems as though, it’s possibly gotten worse. I stopped taking oral contraceptives at the same time I went on this diet. I’m not sure if I am still sensitive to a food that I’m unaware of, or my hormones are taking a long time to re-balance. Do you have any tips or suggestions?

  70. Teri July 26, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    I have SO many allergies that I have been battling with all my life. I am now obese and so sick of the cycle. I lost 90 kilos (not sure what that is in pounds) on a very strict diet but once off of it I put most of it back on. The diet I was on interestingly enough had only small amounts of those foods I was allergic too, so perhaps this is why my body seemed to joy in being on it. But I can’t seem to get rid of the need to binge on the foods I’m allergic too.

    Tomorrow I am going to try what you have suggested above.. I just hope I can stick to not eating the foods that make me sick. It’s just that there are so many and it’s hard to find something other than veggies and chicken to eat. I’m at a loss for ideas for substitutes.

    I’ll let you know if my progress and success.

  71. Kristen August 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Hi, It’s so nice to see you write about this. I’ve had years of problems with food allergies. I’ve been to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This is only after seeing 6 or 7 other allergists. My family doctor just scratches his head. I could really use some support on this issue. In fact there are only around 15 different food items I can actually eat that I know of. This is after being on an elmination diet. Since then I got tired of being on the diet. I’ve gained 60 pounds. (I lost 50 as soon as I got on the diet.) Now I hear ridicule because I can’t stay on the 15 item diet and have gained so much weight. The ONLY thing that actually works is to stay extremely faithful on this particular diet. If you could offer any advice or support it would be much appreciated.

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      HymanStaff September 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions regarding medical conditions cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  72. Amanda September 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Thank you for all of is information!!! I know that my food allergies to all but 2of the major allergies and various others. I have been gaining weight steadily since being diagnosed. I have tried seeing an endocrinologist, prescription weight loss meds, and intense workout plans. How do I go about finding a doctor who follows Dr. Human and these studies in my area? I need help!

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      HymanStaff September 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine’s website. Here you will find a place to enter your zip code and look for practitioner’s in your area that have completed the institute’s five-day training course in functional medicine. Understand that not all of the doctors listed here will fit your particular needs. Many different medical professionals complete this training, and you will have to do additional research on your own regarding a particular practitioner’s approach and whether or not it fits your specific medical requirements. This may include calling the practioner’s office, visiting his or her website, and/or scheduling a consultation.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  73. ingrid October 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I started my elimination diet in late June – and have avoided: eggs, dairy, yeast and sugar for the past 4 months. I have lost 33 pounds by making this lifestyle change and avoiding these food sensitivities. My IGg test now shows almost no reactions. My IGe test continues to show many of the same allergens and new ones too! For the past 4 months I have been using a Pea Protein shake as one of the staples of my diet. My latest test shows a reaction to green pea – eliminating this protein source from my diet. I have two main concerns – 1. Trying to get enough protein to continue weight loss without eating eggs, pea protein, whey protein etc…. 2. The one allergy that remains extremely high is bakers yeast and brewers yeast. My insulin has gone down, my weight has gone down, I have eliminated sugars from my diet in almost all forms, yet my yeast allergies remain high. I take probiotics and many other supplements to heal my gut. CAn you provide any further information on how to reduce both of these yeast allergies???
    thank you for all the great information you provide!

  74. Jane Yount January 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Dear Dr. Hyman, I have so many food allergies (around 20). I haven’t been the best about avoiding the foods I haven’t reacted to, except the ones that have caused anaphylaxis! I will be now, of course. However, I wonder about what you say about taking probiotics because I have no spleen. I have heard that when you have no spleen you should not do that. I found that out AFTER I tried probiotics and that made me sick and did some web searching. What do you think and could I do something else to boost my immune system?

  75. Susan Sharp February 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Dr. Hyman,

    I have just finished reading your book as well as Jj Virgin. I have struggled with belly fat, high blood pressure ( with meds) and high cholesterol( no meds – make me sick). I think you have provided the answer. I also have systemic excezma . That i am sure is caused by food allergies as is everything else.

    I plan on doing the elimination portion for six weeks. I will record all before and after results.

    I am working with a Naturopth for additional guidance and supplements I will let you know and I am looking forward to the cookbook 2-22-13 and the 12 week course.

    Thank you,
    Susan Sharp
    61/ 5ft2″/143 lbs/39% bf
    303-257-1446

    • Susan Sharp February 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

      Dr. Hyman,

      I have just finished reading your book as well as Jj Virgin. I have struggled with belly fat, high blood pressure ( with meds) and high cholesterol( no meds – make me sick). I think you have provided the answer. I also have systemic excezma . That i am sure is caused by food allergies as is everything else.

      I plan on doing the elimination portion for six weeks. I will record all before and after results.

      I am working with a Naturopth for additional guidance and supplements I will let you know and I am looking forward to the cookbook 2-22-13 and the 12 week course.

      Thank you,
      Susan Sharp
      61/ 5ft2″/143 lbs/39% bf
      303-257-1446

  76. Brenda February 14, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    I recently lost a lot of weight on a low calorie restricted diet. When I started reintroducing foods, I noticed that if I eat any nuts at all, my weithg is up 2 lbs the next day – completely out of proportion to the number of calories of nuts I ate. Is that a sign of a food allergy to nuts even thought I didn’t have any other allergy symptoms?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff April 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      HI Brenda,

      Without knowing more about you, we cant say whether or not you have a food allergy or sensitivity to nuts. However weight gain (or water retention) is a sign of a possible sensitivity to food. It could also be that you are eating bigger portions sizes than your metabolism can handle-especially after a very low calorie diet. If you are interested in learning about how to sustain weight loss without depriving yourself from the joy of eating real food than check out The Blood Sugar Solution! http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  77. Tori April 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Hi. I’m a teenager and I’ve had GI problems such as gerd, ibs, and just flat out unexplainable pains all throughout the digestive system for as long as I can remember.The doctors and specialists have all brushed me off and said to take ppi. I’m now starting to think of a new approach of possibly being sensitive or allergic. Anyway, thanks for the article.. It gives me new perspective.

  78. Ann May 1, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Hello Dr

    I came to your website because i searched on weight gain and allergy.

    I am a person who gets hives because of some food. i really haven’t figured it out yet. i suspect different types of food, different times.

    i also have noticed that i have gained weight.

    i feel so upset.

    i eat rich Indian food so its hard to figure out what is bad for me.

    i feel doomed with this problem.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Dear Ann,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. One of the best ways to learn if you have food allergies or sensitivities to food(s) is to try a trial elimination period. Dr. Hyman’s book, The Blood Sugar Solution, is a great way to explore eliminating the top 2 most common allergens leading to inflammation. Inflammation can lead to weight gain. You might be interested in learning more! Please check out: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com

      In good health,
      The Nutrition Team

  79. Jenni May 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    I have been vegan for the past 8 years, vegetarian a couple years before that. But frustratingly obese since childhood with constant stomach troubles and what I describe as bone pain (I’m now 30). I went gluten free in August 2012 and my stomach felt so much better, no more bone pain, and I lost 10lbs (but still obese). However in April 2013 my stomach and bones were hurting daily again and I gained 10lbs. I think it may be soy, so I stopped eating all soy products. I have taken Culturelle in the past with no improvement, so I am wondering if a healthy vegan gluten and soy free diet is enough and good bacteria will naturally return? Many probiotic supplements arent vegan, and I doubt their efficacy. Any other suggestions are appreciated!

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

      Dear Jenni,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. We understand the confusion around dietary protocols and would be glad to help you achieve the results you are seeking. Unfortunately Dr. Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com
      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.
      In Good Health,
      The Nutrition Team

  80. Donna Leever June 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Great article! Did you know you can detect food sensitivities by measuring your pulse after a meal with SweetBeat?

  81. Cathleen Kuhl August 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Lol, this was a unique hub! A great read – voted up and interesting!

  82. Disa September 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Regarding inflammation, leaky gut and food intolerances…is it possible to have coffee intolerance? Is 1-2 cups of black coffee bad for a leaky gut?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

      Dear Disa,

      Great question! Dr. Hyman practices personalized medicine which means that each of us tolerates food, drink, environment, stress etc, according to our individual terrain. So you may or may not tolerate coffee. Typically we suggest limiting and actually removing all coffee (both caf and decaf) when you are working on healing and repair.

      For more care, please check out Dr. Hyman’s nutrition coaching services for virtual nutrition care:http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs

      In good health,
      The Nutrition Team

  83. Jessica September 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Hey everyone, I just want to say that this stuff is legit! If you don’t know what foods you’re sensitive to go to a natropath. Just a few days ago I ate one of my “bad” foods and the result was that the next day I felt extremely depressed, lazy and lethargic for no reason. Food sensitivities can cause mental and skin reactions in addition to what was discussed in this article.

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  85. A.J. Felix December 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    This site confirmed a hunch I had about the inflammatory effects of dairy on my system. Even though I know I’m lactose intolerant, due to how sick I get if I eat a dish of ice cream and the mild headache I have from coffee with cream, I haven’t taken this allergy seriously. But about three weeks ago I decided to buy lactose-free milk to put in my homemade lattes each morning. The results are a bit dramatic. My rings are falling off my fingers and I need to clasp my bra in the shorter section. I have been mostly gluten-free for more than a year, so that has been helpful, but I know that inflammation is rampant in the US diet and I’m glad to finally be paying more attention to it. Thank you for this clear overview of the effects of food allergens. I will commit myself to deleting dairy as completely as possible and continue to watch my inflammation reduce.

  86. Laura February 9, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Hi! Maybe you can help with this question: I’ve found out I have high sensitivity to yeast. I also love kombucha and thought it was good because its a good way to get healthy bacteria, but I’ve learned the culture is part yeast. Do you think I would need to eliminate that?!

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  93. melissa July 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    After I had my daughter 4.5 years ago I developed food allergies to 15 common foods and all grasses and weeds. I have gained 20 pounds and mostly in my midsection so this sounds exactly like me! I work out 3-4 each week and eat pretty healthy and nothing works. I will try adding pro biotics to my diet. I try to eliminate all my food allergies but it’s so hard since I’m allergic to corn and soy which are fillers in everything or corn or soybean oils are used in many kitchens to cook.

    I’ve been miserable and insecure about my weight gain for years. I’m not going to an endocrinologist at UCLA to see if I may have an autoimmune disorder. I just wish I could feel and look how I did before my body went crazy.

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  94. Bernardette July 21, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Hi I m a 26 yr old female. A year and a half I suffered from 2 weeks constipation and ever since I have edema coming and going in my lower abdomen and thighs. I tried every time of diets to lose my last 6 kgs but no matter what I do I can t get rid of d edema and weight. I tried several probiotics, antifungals, strict diet…. I believe I have sibo but in Malta we don t have a test for it. No matter which food I eat I retain fluid. I believe I have gut dysbiosis which has to b treated with antibiotics. I even dd a food intolerance test which showed intolerance to peas which I don t take. Pls help me. I m desperate and exercise isn t helping this fluid while all blogs tests showed fine even thyroid, kidney, cro and liver

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 26, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

      Hi Bernardette,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  95. R Sorensen August 3, 2014 at 10:50 am #

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 10, 2014 at 12:09 am #

      Hi Shirley,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
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  98. Angela September 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Thank you for all your great info. I have one problem. I want to follow the 10 day detox but I am lost at breakfast. No eggs allowed and I have had a blood test that shows a fruit intolerance. I can’t eat any fruit and this includes avacado and olives. Can you help? I have no idea what to do. Thanks

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 10, 2014 at 12:08 am #

      Hi Angela,
      On the 10-Day Detox Diet, you can choose to have an alternative to the Breakfast Detox Shake for your morning meal, including eggs or homemade turkey sausage. Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching where you can receive 1:1 support with Registered Dietitians, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs.
      Wishing you the best of health,
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  99. Justin September 6, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    How accurate is allergy testing in pinpointing specific food allergies?

  100. Mary September 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    Will you please cite the studies you reference? This has exciting possibilities, I’d like to see the research for myself. Thanks.

  101. sally September 6, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    My Gut is begging to be well.
    when you say to eat whole foods and a plant based , high fibre diet, are you meaning meat free?
    do you have a recommended sample diet on your site?

  102. Carol Stroud September 7, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    I was advised by my homeopath that I was intolerant of various foods, potatoes strawberries, watermelon, gluten, corn, lemons, sugar, I was 20 kg over weight with allergies and experiencing repeated candida infections as well as repeated UTI. I stopped eating these foods and in 3monts I lost 10 kg I then stared eating a low carb and high fat diet as I was always hungry and lost a further 10 Kg . I also took a probiotic called kefir and still do. I am no longer excessively hungry my weight is stable and I generally feel great.

  103. Kathleen September 7, 2014 at 2:23 am #

    Thank you, Dr. Hyman, for addressing inflammation. I think this is America’s biggest health problem and the core cause of bad health problems already underway. I eat healthy but still have inflammation and now everything healthy that I eat is even being turned to fat. I don’t get it. I wonder if one can ‘catch’ bad bacteria from another person that has bad gut bugs. I think so. I’d love to know which probiotics you recommend. I use only reputable sources for my supplements. I learned a trick from Conrad LeBleau’s book Natural Remedies for Intestinal Health – take the probiotic with water and freshly squeezed lemon. The lemon makes the probiotic multiply like crazy in the gut. The author discovered this by accident while making yogurt some lemon spilled into the yogurt and the yield of the yogurt multiplied massively. Thanks again for the information and for your efforts in educating us on the right way to take care of ourselves and informing people about functional medicine. It’s the only way to go! I hope that you will be talking more about the role of genetics. There is a growing community of people getting testing from 23andMe and are talking about MTHFR and folate.

  104. samantha September 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi,
    I’ve been lactose intolerant since I was born. I’ve tried eating portions and calorie counting, and I have been a 3 sport athlete in highschool and played varsity in college. Even with rigorous workouts and eating right, weight has always been a concern, and no matter how fit I am, those last 15 bounds do not come off. I sometimes use lactaid pills to help, but would that offset weight gain by consistently using the lactaid pills? Also I noticed that when I cut out gluten, I had an intolerance but I only lost a pound or 2 that way. However, I think when I lost weight doing the Paleo diet, it was because of cutting out dairy.

    Best,
    Samantha

  105. Martha September 16, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    Absolutely love this! I have struggled for 4 years. Once I got my lining sorted and the bacteria healthy by starting to eat a plant based diet and including a whole food nutrient Juice Plus in my diet daily, I have seen much success and abdominal weight loss. I absolutely tried everything, but could not shift it before. Now 3 months ago, I had a massive problem when I picked up a bug from chicken, and is still struggling to deal with my gut problems. But everything you are mentioning above, is what is working for me…I just need to add my probiotics of both stains! Thank you for this article!!

  106. michael September 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    I just read your article because over the past 2 years my gut has gone from something small to something bigger. I can’t seem to figure out, but I spoke to a DO and he told me to cut out yeast. Funny that part of your plan states the same I did, but found it hard to to so on the Candidia Diet. I lasted about 6 days and then gave back into carbs. I shortly got back all my rashes I had prior to starting that diet and from this day I still suffer from rashes. Maybe you’re right, so I’m gonna try to cut out those foods over the next 3 weeks and do nothing else. Then and only then will I see if by elimination those foods, how I’ll feel.

    Thanks for the info. I’m constantly searching around for the cure to my gut and it’s growth over the years. I just want to lose the weight and feel not so over weight anymore.

  107. Dedra Morgan September 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    I have been gluten free and processed sugar free since November, but have lost no weight. I feel better (auto immune urticaria and oral lichen planus) and have been seeing an acupuncturist to control inflammation. I eat only grassfed beef, drink one cup of coffee and the rest of the day green tea or water, organic eggs, fruits, veggies….very little grains (although I do allow myself chips when we eat Mexican with our friends every Thursday)…..as I said, I feel better, but no weight loss. I think I will try your three week diet, as it will be very easy for me to switch just a few things. And although I would hope to see something different, I think I know what I will see. But I feel I should still try. This will be easy for me. Will let you know.

    I will continue eating what I eat, but also cut out corn, eggs and peanut butter, and the little soy I eat. Can I eat other nuts? Pistachios, Cashews and
    I will tak a probiotic.
    The only added fat I eat is coconut oil. I know there is fat from my grassfed beef I eat once or twice a week, and the fat in the salmon I eat twice a week, nuts and avocados …..and organic coconut oil. Can I still eat food with coconut oil?
    Also, I use coconut milk when cooking and in my coffee. Can I continue to use about 1/2 cup of coconut milk (unsweetened) each day?
    And, should I start using konjac root or glucomannan? Will start this tomorrow, so will let you know how it goes on Tuesday, Oct. 14…….wish me luck!

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  108. tmc October 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    the hardest thing to cut out of a diet is CORN, as it is in MOST foods. especially processed ones..
    high fructose cornsyrup is a mainstay of carbonated beverages (soda). there are established links between HFCS & obesity/insulin resistence

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