What are Food Intolerances/Sensitivities?

Do You Struggle With:         

  • respiratory problems – congestion, allergies, sinusitis, asthma, sore throat, persistent cough
  • sleep problems & energy issues – low energy, fatigue, insomnia, restlessness, fatigue after eating
  • weight problems – inability to lose fat and weight, unexplained weight loss
  • neurological issues – poor focus, trouble concentrating, or “brain fog”, headaches or migraines, ADD/ADHD, autism, mood swings
  • candida – fungal infections like thrush, jock itch, tinea, etc.
  • muscolo-skeletal issues – joint pain, aches and/or stiffness, muscle pain and/or weakness, arthritis, osteoporosis
  • dermatological (skin) issues – rosacea, acne, eczema, hives and/or rashes
  • gastrointestinal problems – IBS, diarrhea, constipation and/or foul-smelling stools, nausea, gas, bloating and fluid retention, abdominal pain and/or cramping, heartburn, cravings for sweet and/or salt; cravings for specific foods
  • hormonal and reproductive issues – PMS, infertility, missed periods, headaches, mood swings
  • immune system problems – allergies and the inability to fight infections

Intolerances Defined

 “The inability to fully digest modern foods” 
– Deborah Manners B.Sc.(Hons) Dip.Ed. SME

    Why is it that our body reacts to certain foods, particularly those more commonly found in our daily diet? All the symptoms above have been observed in people that have food intolerances. Food intolerances, or food sensitivities, can occur at any age, triggering many different symptoms and contributing to a variety of disorders.  Food intolerances are a digestive system response rather than an immune response, as with food allergies. An intolerance develops when a food irritates our gut lining making it become more permeable than it should be (leaky) or when a person is unable to properly digest or breakdown, the foodstuff consumed. This allows incompletely digested protein particles from the foods we eat through to the inside.
Our immune system then becomes alarmed when it detects these bits of incompletely digested food proteins and produces what are called IgG antibodies.  This is an inflammatory response, and can cause reactions at various sites in the body, including the small and large intestines, nerves, skin, kidneys, ears, sinuses, head, lungs and joints.
IgG food intolerances are more insidious because you often don’t know that you have them, as reactions can occur several hours or even days later, therefore there may be no obvious association between consuming a food and an adverse reaction.  That’s why they’re called “delayed” or “hidden” food intolerances/ sensitivities.  Eating these offending foods can cause a person a wide variety of symptoms affecting numerous systems within the body.  If this inflammatory process occurs often enough, the immune system may start to attack the tissues of the body and an autoimmune reaction may occur.  Unresolved food reactions can trigger such autoimmune conditions as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid, Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis.
    Rather than constantly trying to treating the symptoms of food intolerances, it makes much more sense to detect and eliminate the cause, doesn’t it? – in other words, find the specific foods that trigger your particular health problems and experience what true health feels like. 
    Here is a representation of the Allergy-Addiction Cycle (from Designs for Health) that occurs when you eat a food that your immune system is reacting to:

compliment of Designs For Health

adapted from  What are Food Sensitivities? How Can They Cause Symptoms and Hold My Health Hostage? 

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