Food Sensitivities

You may not even realize it, but your gut may be damaged.  If your gut is damaged then large particles (such as undigested food proteins, yeast, toxins, waste etc.) are getting into your bloodstream.  This then leads to inflammation throughout your systems, ultimately affecting your whole body and causing a wide range of symptoms.

I briefly mentioned in a previous post that leaky gut progression starts with GI inflammation – leading to food intolerances, nutrient malabsorption, immune system issues and potentially auto-immunity (this is where the body starts attacking itself).    I think this is a good time to talk about food intolerances.

One important signal that your body may have a leaky gut is multiple food sensitivities/intolerances.  This leads me to describe the difference between a food sensitivity and a food allergy since they are not the same thing.  What they both have in common is that they are the immune system’s response to a foreign substance.  Exposure to what is normally a harmless substance causes the immune system to react as if the substance were harmful.

Allergy versus Sensitivity

An allergy is an immediate response of the immune system (IgE mediated) that results in an inflammatory response that can range from uncomfortable to dangerous.  When immediate food reaction occurs, symptoms after ingesting a particular food occur within 8 hours.  Symptoms come on fast and may include wheezing, coughing, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, anaphylaxis, etc.

What I want to focus on however are food sensitivities or intolerances because most people are unaware they have these.  A food sensitivity, unlike an allergy, is a delayed response (IgG mediated).  This is important to understand because symptoms after ingesting a food you are sensitive to can appear 3 days after the food is eaten!  This makes sense why it’s difficult to identify isn’t it?  Symptoms can include bloating, headache, itching, gastrointestinal discomfort, and other ailments.  Most people may be ill and have no idea that their symptoms are being triggered by the foods they are eating.

You can be eating ‘healthy’ foods that are making you sick without you even knowing it.

Can you understand why it is important to get your food sensitivities tested to see if your body is reacting to the foods you are eating?

I’m going to use my personal experience as an example.  I had my foods tested for sensitivities over a year and a half ago.  I already knew I was intolerant to gluten and dairy, as a lot of people unknowingly are, however I wanted to see what else was going on.  Dairy lit up like a Christmas tree (as I had suspected it would) along with other ‘healthy’ foods such as squash, codfish, blueberry, coconut, garlic, Brazil nuts, chia seeds, flaxseed, peppermint, vanilla, and more.   Some of the foods that I was sensitive to were some of my favorite foods, some I even ate almost daily – another reason I shouldn’t be surprised they were positive!  This is a prime example of why diversity in the diet is important.    After eliminating my trigger foods and adding specific supplements, I could give my immune system a rest and I started to gain more energy and get rid of some of my brain fog and fatigue I was experiencing at that time.

If you are constantly bombarding your body with food you are sensitive to – your immune system does not get a break.  Have you ever experienced this scenario?  When your ears are plugged however you didn’t even realize it until AFTER they ‘popped’ and suddenly you can hear clearly?   You were just living with less than clear hearing without even realizing it!  This is like people who live with daily headaches and think that it’s normal.  It is the greatest feeling when I see clients with daily headaches receive chiropractic care and report back that their headache dissipated for the first time in a long time.  It’s hard to imagine living with constant headaches, but think of how much LIFE you would feel once that’s gone?  I see some people who don’t even realize they’ve been feeling sick until they start experiencing how it feels to feel healthy!

Please don’t accept living life less than your best, you deserve more!

I cannot say it enough – the health of your gut is super important!  Whether I’m working with someone regarding hormones, nutrients, fatigue, auto-immunity, etc. it all funnels down into the integrity of their gut.

To discuss you or your family’s health or for more information about functional medicine and testing, contact our office to make an appointment for a consultation.

In good health,

Dr. Stephanie

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