To make a long story short, I have IBS, bad seasonal allergies, eczema and asthma. My asthma started bothering me after 10 years of no symptoms (and no medication). My osteopath (osteopaths are not doctors where I live) told me that the cause was digestive and took me off the following: dairy, gluten, sugar (which led me to paleo) for several months. As a result, I no longer had any of the above problems.
Like many others, after this, I've experienced heightened sensitivity when I eat non-paleo foods and I no longer recover as quickly after eating them. I've never been diagnosed as having food allergies or intolerances.
Per a nutritionist friend's recommendation, I took a candida test (fecal) which included a test for leaky gut. The test came back negative for candida but positive for leaky gut.
My results were:
Secretory IgA: decreased: 252 μg/ml 510- 2040
Secretory sIgA is a parameter for the quality of the mucosa associated immune system as well as it measures the permeability of the intestinal mucosa. A decreased sIgA indicates a diminished activity of the mucosa associated immune system.
Alpha-1Antitrypsine: increased: 110.0 mg/dl positive more than 40
Alpha-1-Antitrypsine is synthesised in the liver and in intestinal cells and it is an acute phase protein. An increased reading indicates an increased permeability of the gut lining, which is responsible for the enteral loss of Alpha-1-antitrypsine. Entero colitis of different reasons can also cause an increase of this parameter. This reading indicates a leaky gut condition.
So, my question is, what type of doctor should I see, an allergist or digestive specialist? Who can give me some idea of what foods are causing me problems and guidelines on how to heal things. I don't know exactly which foods are the most offensive (I assume dairy and wheat). Nor do I know how long I need to go without any offending foods before my gut is healed. I'm feeling kind of lost because, even when I'm extremely vigilant, I sometimes have symptoms.
Thanks to all of you that actually got to the end to this question. I appreciate it.