Do you think of food as their friend, most of time it is, and does a lot of good.
Unfortunately, that is not always true.
But, when we’re talking about the processed, boxed or fast food, between the GMOs, artificial flavors and dyes, emulsifiers, preservatives, trans-fats, high fructose corn syrup you’ll be better off eating the box it came in. But real foods (like vegetables, dairy, grains and meat) can have a negative effect on you digestive (Gut) too.
Your body is not out to get you, but if your body develops an inappropriate response to them (known as a food sensitivity), cause your GI tract to become inflamed.
Now we are going to take a deeper drive into what a food sensitivity really is and how you developed, as well as some exciting new research showing how you can heal your Gut therefore possibly eliminate your food sensitivity.
Anatomy of a Food Sensitivity and Possible Autoimmunity
In a sense, a food sensitivity is when your body gets it signals crossed, a offensive stress reaction to an innocent food, treating it more like than a friend.
What makes a food sensitivity to more difficult to trace down is that you don’t get symptoms immediately after eating this food. It can be 2 to 72 hours before your body reacts.
It is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
Here are just some of the symptoms of food sensitivities:
- Coughing, gagging, sore throat, hoarseness
- Runny or stuffy nose, ear ringing, blurred vision, watery eyes, hearing loss, dark circles underneath eyes
- Irregular heartbeat, asthma, chest pain, shortness of breath, bronchitis Nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, stomach pain, heartburn (https://www.jpost.com/promocontent/12-best-supplements-for-gut-health-top-products-for-bloating-digestion-and-intestinal-wellness-706484)
- Hives, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, acne, hair loss, dry skin
- Weakness, joint aches, arthritis, swelling
- Depression, memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, apathy, aggressive behavior, learning difficulties, confusion, cravings, binge eating or drinking
A common sensitivity is Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. More than 55 disease conditions have linked to gluten. It can range from gluten intolerant, (digestive issues, fatigue or even brain fog), all the way to Celiac disease, which symptoms range from fatigue,irritability, depression, joint pain, muscle cramps, mouth sores, tooth discoloration, dermatitis herpetiformis, iron deficiency anemia, seizures, infertility, altered menstrual cycles, weight loss or gain and malnutrition.
More and more research show developing a food sensitivity depends on the health of your gut. Leaky Gut is main responsible food sensitivities. A possible cause of leaky gut is intestinal permeability or intestinal hyperpermeability. This hyperpermeability happens when the tight junctions, that gates that control the passage through the lining of the small intestine, does not work properly and anything can leak into the blood stream. This then sets up an Immune and inflammatory response which can be the start of Autoimmunity.
So, what we need to understand that the food is part of the stimulus, but how that stimulus responds inside our body is something we need to learn and understand. You have to understand what is healthy for another might not be healthy for you.
Researchers from Argentina’s University of Buenos Aires tested a probiotic supplement with 22 adults with Celiac disease. The patients were given either capsules with the probiotic Bifidobacterium infantis or a placebo for 3 weeks. Those taking the probiotic supplement for men had significantly lower levels of indigestion, constipation and other intestinal symptoms as gauged by the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale. Levels of IgA antibodies to gluten were also lower among the probiotic group!
Because if you’re sensitive to a certain food, avoiding it is crucial. Now, best OTC probiotic supplementation is only half of answer and they are not a green light allowing you to knowingly eat foods that taunt your system and wreak havoc in your gut!
By avoiding the offending food or foods, you are giving your system a chance to rest and heal, as well as helping to prevent further related complications down the road.
And if you happen to be one of the 18 million people in the US that suffer from gluten sensitivity, then you must do all you can to get gluten out of your life.