Things to consider when dealing with food sensitivities

During the several years that we have seen clients at the Lifestyle Center, we noticed that gluten is not the only offending food related to autoimmune diseases. It is not unusual for clients to test positive to corn, soy and oats.

We also noticed a fewer cases testing positive to baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces Cerevisiae).  The immune system considers Saccharomyces cerevisiae as being foreign to the body. This causes a reaction that may damage the intestine and other tissues of the body, and/or possibly lead to the development of Crohn’s Disease

We found the IgA stool test to be the most reliable test [2] for food sensitivities.


Once the offending foods are identified, they would need to be removed for life. But do not despair: there are other grains such as sorghum, millet, teff, and rice that can be re-introduced once symptoms subside.







In the meantime pseudo grains such as quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat can take the place of the grains. These pseudo grains will replace the staples grains that contain gluten (wheat, barley and rye) and also corn. Yes, you would end up eating even more variety then before.







Grains and nuts will need to be removed for usually 2 to 4 months.  We noticed people dealing with leaky gut have somehow trouble digesting these foods. They are unable to tolerate these 2 groups of foods until the leaky gut is dealt with.  After these 2 to 4 months, we introduce the acceptable grains one at a time and also nuts one at a time.  If no bloating and/or pain are noticed, these foods can be part of the diet again.


[1] El-Matary W, Dupuis K, Sokoro A. 2015. Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibody titres correlate well with disease activity in children with Crohn’s disease.. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 2 September 2018].




Mercy Ballard— Is the founder and Director of Years Restored Lifestyle & Learning. In 2006, she was diagnosed with celiac and rheumatoid disease. Prior to her diagnosis she had been having rapidly failing health. By God’s grace she was able to recover and her condition is in remission. In 2013, the Years Restored Lifestyle Center was founded. Its aim is to help restore people physically, spiritually and emotionally. Years Restored is located in the mountains of Northern California, where she lives with her husband Anthony.