Which of these three reactions to foods are you having? - Aspire Natural Health

Which of these three reactions to foods are you having?

In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-The three buckets all food reactions can be placed into and why knowing them simplifies things for you
-Do you need to avoid all potentially problematic foods 100% for months in order to heal?
-The importance of finding what foods are really an issue for you


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Hey Folks,

It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health, and in this quick video, I want to talk to you about the three different reactions you can have to foods.

Now I hope if you’re watching this video that it isn’t a surprise to you that what you eat can profoundly impact your health.

We’ve all heard about allergies and how it’s possible to be allergic to food, but did you know that people can have reactions to foods that go way beyond allergies and can cause virtually any symptom in the body?

In our work with digestive issues and autoimmunity, 80-90% of people we work with find that by eliminating certain foods from their diet they see things improve.

This can get pretty complicated, as there are many different ways the immune system can react to things it doesn’t like, and we can end up in a confusing mess if we’re not careful.

So we use a simple model that breaks reactions to foods down into three categories. Would you like to hear them?


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Alright, let’s break things down.

No matter the underlying mechanism that is causing the reaction, we can simplify reactions to foods into three categories.

The first, category one, are foods that never cause reactions or issues. You can eat these foods, in unlimited quantities and never have a problem with them. This doesn’t necessarily make these foods healthy. You can have no problems with cotton candy, and that doesn’t mean you should make it an everyday food choice, but as far as triggering the immune system these foods are not an issue and can be a regular staple of your diet.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, in category 2, we have foods that always cause reactions. Every time they’re eaten, and no matter the quantity of food, whether it’s a bite or two, or a whole plateful these are our big offenders. We commonly see peoples symptoms flare when they eat their problem foods.

And it’s important to understand that there are no universally problematic or safe foods. It’s true there are foods that tend to be more problematic for many people, but there are no universally “bad” foods.

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So just because someone tells you that wheat is bad for autoimmunity, doesn’t mean that it is. We have many people we’ve worked with who have definitely found that wheat is a problem for them. And we also have others who after careful evaluation and elimination-challenge diets have found they can eat wheat without any issues whatsoever.

Please remember, the only dogma we should have when it comes to healing, is to do the things that work well for you.

So on one end of the spectrum we have foods that you can eat without any issues, and on the other end we have foods that every time you eat you have issues with.

And the third reaction, category 3, we can have to foods is that reactions can be quantity and timing dependent.

Quantity and timing dependent. What does that mean?

Quantity dependent means that many of the people we work with find that with quite a few foods the amount matters. If they have a little, it’s fine. If they have a lot, that’s a problem.

Or timing dependent. If they have it every once in a while it doesn’t seem to cause an issue, but if they have it daily, it’s a problem.

This comes back to the advice you’ll see out there saying you need to avoid all these foods strictly, 100%, not a morsel crossing your lips, or you’ll damage your body and it’ll take 6 months for that damage to heal.

And I just do not believe, and have not seen this to be the case. Now it’s true that there are foods in category 2, which we also call our never foods, that even tiny amounts of can cause significant reactions, that can sometimes take days or even weeks to recover from, but these are generally very obvious once people have taken a little time to uncover these foods.

Then we find that many foods fall into the category 3 foods, that are quantity and timing dependent. People can safely have modest amounts of these foods, which can help them expand their diet without worrying that they’re tearing up their insides or doing permanent damage to their bodies.

Alright, so there you have it…


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What you eat is one of the three big lifestyle factors that affect your health, and it goes way beyond simple allergies.

While there are many underlying ways the immune system can react, with different types of cells and other immune chemicals, for our everyday understanding we can narrow it down into three categories.

The first, category 1, are foods that do not cause reactions. These are our safe foods that we can eat in unlimited quantities. Though just because they don’t cause any immune reactions doesn’t always mean these foods are particularly healthy, so common sense still applies.

The second, category 2, are foods that always cause reactions. These are our never foods, at least they are right now though that can definitely change for some people. These foods should be avoided, except on rare occasions and accidents.

The third, our category 3, are foods that will sometimes cause reactions depending on the amount eaten or how frequently they are eaten. They can be a part of a person’s diet as long as they are scaled appropriately for that person.

The last reminder here is that there are no absolute good and bad foods for every person out there in every circumstance, no matter what you hear other experts saying. That’s why it’s so important to understand how your body reacts to food and what foods if any are in your category 2 or 3.

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At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at treating digestive issues and autoimmune diseases. If that’s you or a loved one, we’d love to connect.

We offer a no-obligation, no-pressure chat to see if we can help you, and if we’re the right fit to work together.

If we are, we’ll move forward, and if we’re not, we’ll do our best to connect you with the person who can best help you.

The only thing you have to lose, is being unsure what the best next step for you is, so please call us now at 425-202-7849 or email us at info@aspirenaturalhealth.com.

Until next time folks…Take care!


At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at helping people suffering with digestive issues and autoimmunity.

Are you or a loved one looking for help?

Email us at info@aspirenaturalhealth.com or call us at 425-202-7849.

The first step of our process is to see if we’re a good fit for one another. If we are, we’ll talk about next steps. If not, that’s okay, and we’ll do our best to help you find the right person.

Everything is no-obligation and no-pressure, so you don’t have to worry. The only thing you have to lose, is the frustration of not knowing what to do next!

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