This is SUCH an important topic because so many people are suffering from them. Many manufacturers, restaurants and stores are required to be more and more vigilant about exactly what is in their food, because our reactions can range from fatigue, nausea and digestive disrupt, to more severe like struggling to breath and even death. Removing food groups from the diet isn’t just a health trend like many people are suggesting, it’s a reflection of today’s health in our society.
Our environment is becoming increasingly toxic, our food products have never been so packed with synthetic products and pesticides to cut costs, even our tap water contains chemicals and our beauty products have a list ceiling to floor of synthetic chemicals. We pop antibiotics like candy, use the OCP like a daily vitamin and take medication like paracetemol at the sight of the slightest ache or pain. This is why our gut health gets so damaged and our microbiomes become imbalanced.
Food sensitivities are a sign that our gut is weakening and our gut lining is damaged.
Toxins, bacteria and food particles are beginning to seep through the gut lining into the bloodstream, creating a toxic environment. Our body knows these shouldn’t be there so switches on bodily inflammation and our immune system, where we begin attacking these “foreign invaders” now in our system.
Not only that but for effective digestion we must have sufficient bacteria, enzymes and HCL acid, which are only present in sufficient quantities when in good gut health. Without these our digestive system struggles, we get gas, bloating and pains as our intestines try their best to digest the foods. This occurs when our gut is damaged from the amount of toxins we’re ingesting (e.g. every time we take antibiotics, synthetic drugs, chemicals, etc.)
The other problem we have with food sensitivities is that they can be difficult to determine. Unlike an allergy, the body’s reaction is delayed. Depending on the food this can be hours, days or even a week later before we see the body’s reaction to it. Trying to work back to what food may have been the culprit can often be challenging and frustrating.
There are many food testing companies and techniques out there but unfortunately not only are they sometimes unreliable, but they are also only showing one snap shot in time. Once you heal your gut, these food sensitivities will disappear. Sometimes we don’t need to know every single food we can no longer eat, we just need to know how to repair the damage, to stop the reaction happening. Some of the same foods which cause you to react, are the same foods you need to heal.
Your gut lining is inflamed, damaged and sensitive so is likely to react to many foods, especially those harder to digest. But that doesn’t mean you should always avoid them. When I see people removing healing foods from their diets because of these tests but still eat inflammatory foods, I do despair!
Dairy and gluten are usually the most common food sensitivities, and usually the first we notice, because these both contain proteins which are difficult to digest. What we’ll usually then do is remove dairy and gluten from our diet and carry on, not giving it too much thought. Symptoms gone… I’ve solved it! Well not really, because you still have food sensitivities, you’re just avoiding the experience of them. Cutting out food groups from your diet forever isn’t the answer. Long-term, you’re allowing your gut health to deteriorate further.
What happens next is you start to become sensitive to other foods. Grains now? Sugar? Why?! Sooner or later you struggle to find anything that doesn’t leave you bloated, gassy, constipated and miserable. Your gut is now in disrepair, you’re low in HCL acid, you’re low in digestive enzymes, you’re low in good bacteria and you have full blown leaky gut syndrome.
But there’s more! This all has an impact on the health of our entire body. A healthy gut is a healthy body, so an unhealthy gut…. you guessed it. People start suffering from anxiety, acne, arthritis, painful periods, irregular hormones, PCOS and auto-immune conditions. Your body is chronically inflamed and long-term inflammation causes free radicals and disease in the body. What started as an upset stomach from eating a pizza, has ended up in a full blown IBS diagnosis and no way of resolving it.
The bottom line is that food sensitivities are very important because of what they represent. Your body is always giving you messages. If you listen to it and don’t mask it, you’ll be able to prevent ill health. If this is you and you’re suffering from food sensitivities and you’ve removed them from your diet, that’s great, you’ve done step one. Step two is to heal your gut. There’s a few things you can do here;
- Remove toxins from your environment – buy organic to stop ingesting chemical pesticides. Get yourself a water filter to remove the chemicals in your tap water.
- Stop eating inflammatory foods so that your body can reduce inflammation and start to help you heal.
- Increase your intake of vitamins and anti-oxidants to aid your immune system and fight the free radicals caused by the inflammation.
- Supplement wisely to fast track your healing process, such as collagen and probiotics.
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Keep your gut healthy to keep your body healthy! 🙂