We all know at least a few people who have allergies to a particular type of food, most commonly nuts, eggs, shellfish, and many others. What many people don’t realise is that they themselves have similar allergies, only not as severe. This kind of “non-serious” allergy is known as food intolerance.
If you suffer from bloating, IBS, joint pain, hayfever/sinus problems, skin irritations such as eczema, or even respiratory conditions such as asthma, these could all be linked to a food intolerance of some kind. It should be noted that all of these conditions have one thing in common, that is they are all inflammatory conditions. Food intolerance leads to an inflammatory response in the body, and this response can be expressed in a number of ways, differing from person to person.
Food intolerances generally develop as a result of inflammation in the small intestine leading to increased permeability in the intestinal walls. This means that relatively large, partially digested food particles are able to pass directly through the intestinal walls into the blood stream, triggering a powerful immune response. In more severe cases, this becomes known as “leaky gut syndrome”. Food intolerance of this nature has a number of causes, including:
- Chronic Stress
- Regular consumption of refined sugars
- Regular consumption of processed foods
- Regular consumption of harmful toxins such as pesticides
- Insufficient dietary fibre
- Weak stomach acid, leading to undigested food particles reaching the intestines and causing inflammation
When you consume a food which your body does not tolerate well, an inflammatory auto-immune response is triggered in the body leading to a range of symptoms. This happens by way of the body’s immune mechanisms trying to “attack” the food particles passing into the blood stream, causing damage to organs and other tissues. This leads to even more inflammation, and so the downward spiral continues.
The more foods you consume while in an inflammatory state, the more intolerances you are likely to develop. It is not uncommon for some individuals to be intolerant to up to 20 or 30 different foods for this reason!
Food intolerance can be extremely frustrating. If you are eating foods which you are intolerant to, you’ll find it much more difficult than it should be to achieve any kind of physical transformation. I’ve experienced this problem myself, and I’ve witnessed it in countless friends and clients over the years. But there are ways around the problem. The first step is to eliminate any and all foods which trigger an inflammatory response within 4 hours after a meal. By process of elimination, you should figure out which foods are best for you moving forward. Here are a few tips to start with:
- Keep your meals very basic for a week, so you can narrow down possible intolerances. For example, only eat one type of meat and one type of vegetable each day, and rotate.
- Take note of how you feel after each meal, and pay attention to any inflammatory symptoms you experience. (Listed above)
- Avoid any foods you find to trigger inflammatory symptoms after a meal.
- Avoid refined sugars, wheat, and processed foods. These are inflammatory by nature in the majority of people.
- Supplement with the amino acid glutamine several times per day. This will aid in repairing the damage to your intestinal walls. (More on this in my premium content)
- Eat fermented foods, or take a probiotic supplement! Maintaining healthy guy bacteria is extremely important in managing food intolerance and its symptoms. I like to use a dairy-based fermented food known as kefir. To learn more, click [here].
- Keep your diet high in fibre and antioxidants, as these will help to lower inflammation and improve digestion.
With patience and understanding, food intolerance and leaky gut syndrome are problems which can be managed quite simply. If you can identify with any of the symptoms listed above, give these tips a try to address the problem as soon as you can! For more information, or for individual attention from me, either sign up for Jandaplex Plus or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!