How Do Food Intolerances Effect Your Health

January 12th, 2018 | in Nutrition Blog, Natural Remedy Blog
Gluten Free How Do Food Intolerances Effect Your Health

Many people have health related issues caused by food allergies and/or food intolerances 

Most people are not aware of food allergies and/or food intolerances until they have experienced life threatening situations and/or have other health issues. 

Before we dive in depth of food intolerances and how they effect your health, you need to understand the differences between food allergies and food intolerances (food sensitivities).

A food allergy is a hypersensitivity to certain foods that are triggered by the immune system. Basically the immune system overreacts to certain foods, it can be mild or severe. Also, it is important to know that mild reactions can turn into severe reactions over time. Once the immune system begins to develop and adapt itself to the troubling food allergies and produced antibodies from white blood cells, it can be life threatening. 

On the other hand, a food intolerance originates in the gastrointestinal tract, not from the immune system. in other words, it comes from the body not being able to digest certain foods properly. For instance, if you have a reaction to cream cheese but you are not allergic to the lactose, you have a lactose intolerance.  Lactose is a sugar in dairy products. A lactose intolerance is a common intolerance where the body can’t break down the sugar in dairy products because a deficiency in the enzymes which are lactase or hypolactasia in the body. So you may experience symptoms including: Bloating, pain or cramps in lower stomach, gurgling or rumbling sounds in the stomach, gas, loose stool or diarrhea, vomiting, and tiredness after eating cream cheese. If you have a food intolerance in certain foods and you are continuously  eating those foods, you aren’t only experiencing unpleasant symptoms, it can develop into other serious heath - related issues including: 

Serious Heath -Related Issues from Food intolerances (Food hypersensitivities) 

IBS, Leaky gut, Arrhythmias, Anaphylactic shock, Rheumatoid arthritis, Depression, Mood swing, Malnutrition, Migraines, Fungal infections, Eczema, Gastro-intestinal distress, Dermatitis, Dehydration, Chronic fatigue, Urinary infections, Weight fluctuation, Sinusitis, Over weight, Obesity, Asthma, Anaemia, Celiac Disease, Crohn’ Disease, Endometriosis, Infertility, Vaginal infections, Skin problems, Psychological problems, Osteoporosis, Autoimmune diseases, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Alzheimer, Liver Disease, Low iron, Mineral deficiency, Neurological conditions, Psoriasis, Respiratory problems, Bowel cancer, Cancer, etc. 

You may question, “How do food intolerances relate to heart health?” 

Studies showed, digestive and gastro intestinal aliments have strong connections to systemic imbalances, many of which are commonly recognized as triggers for atrial fibrillation. 

Many people don’t even know or they ignore the fact that they have food intolerances because they think those symptoms are normal until it became severe. But the good news is that you can prevent and improve your health by an Elimination Diet. When my clients started an Elimination Diet and experienced the results such as: higher energy levels, no bloating, normal bowel movements, improving quality sleep and metabolism, clear brain, etc. 

Further more, some clients actually reverse chronic pains and diseases by eating the right food for their body. 

Also, if you have food intolerances, even though it is an healthy food, your body can’t digest therefore you won’t get nutrients from the food. But if worked properly, a food intolerance can be eliminated. Once you eliminated the certain foods about 3 -6 weeks then you see the symptoms are being resolved then you can reintroduce those foods slowly.

It is important to eat clean, but the most important thing is WHAT YOU CAN DIGEST!

In order to be in charge of own your health, I suggest you write a daily food journal to understand your digestive system for optimal health. 

Types of food intolerances

Lactose intolerance 

Lactose is a sugar in dairy products.

A deficiency in the enzymes which are lactase or hypolactasia in the body. 

Symptoms include: Bloating, Pain or Cramps in lower stomach, Gurgling or rumbling sounds in the stomach, Gas, Loss stool or Diarrhea. Vomiting, Tiredness.

Gluten Intolerance 

React to gluten which is a protein in starch carbohydrates. 

Symptoms: it can be as bad as celiac disease. Fatigue, Headaches, Gas, Cramps, Nausea, Vomiting, Constipation, Bloating, Stomach pain.  

Histamine Intolerance 

A condition where an individual can’t break down histamine quickly or efficiently, resulting in them having more histamine in the body then is required for normal functions. 

Symptoms: Migraine headaches, Alternating diarrhea and normal motions, Flushing, Hives, Eczema. Chronic constipation, Nausea, Vomiting, Feeling of fullness and flatulence. Running nose, Dizziness, Weepy eyes, Extremely tiredness, Flushing face and/or chest, swelling around eyes, lips, and throat. Acnes, Itchiness. Low blood pressure, Sleep disorder, Chills & Shivers. 


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