Optimal Weight Part 3: Food Allergies
For some, an allergic reaction to a particular food may be uncomfortable but not severe. For others, an allergic food reaction can be life-threatening. Symptoms usually develop within a few minutes to many hours after eating the offending food. They cause and can be caused by the condition of leaky gut or intestinal permability when proteins, food particles, bad bacteria and bad yeast leak through the gut and cause inflammation in the body.
Food allergies and sensitivities are multidimensional issues for weight loss, as they can increase inflammation, increase cortisol and begin an internal chain of events that can lead to increased weight gain. In addition, this inflammation from food allergies creates a leaky gut. Your brain gets a miscue and you actually are attracted to, crave and can be addicted to the foods to which you are sensitive. These mild, moderate and severe allergies usually do not endanger your life like a life-threatening allergy, but can aggravate asthma, sinuses and headaches, mood swings, muscle aches and joint pain, rashes, diarrhea, gas and weight gain. Often, we find that someone is allergic to their “favorite foods.”
There is a diverse 200-food item allergy test that evaluates everything from cow; sheep and goat milk; red, navy and black beans; garlic, pepper, oregano and basil; vegetables and fruits; beef, lamb, chicken and fish; sugar, cocoa, vanilla and whey to name only a few.
If you sense you have an allergy to garlic shrimp, you may have food sensitivities to BOTH the garlic and the shrimp! If you eliminate shrimp and still have garlic in your other foods; the inflammation, leaky gut, insulin resistance and weight gain continue.
I recommend a 200 or more-food panel allergy blood test to identify what foods you are mildly, moderately, and highly allergic. As you decrease your intake of allergic food and repair and improve the gut damage; the symptoms, inflammation and weight gain remit. Improve your diet by eating foods that you are not allergic to and remember to eat organic, non-GMO fish and meats as well as high quality grains.
There are natural solutions to help overcome food allergies and the inflamed gut. For example, digestive enzymes, like pancrease, which aid the digestive system in fully breaking down food particles. Probiotics and prebiotics are good bacteria, yeast and fiber that help the immune system and rebuild and rebalance the intestinal gut wall. Fermented probiotic foods; like kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, pickles, kimchi and natto are nature’s probiotics. MSM Supplement helps keep allergens and particles from moving into the bloodstream. Vitamin B5 supports adrenal function and helps with allergy control. L-glutamine is an amino acid that helps repair leaky gut and immune health. Peppermint Oil soothes the digestive tract and can reduce inflammatory symptoms.