Food Sensitivities: What Do They Tell Us?
Ever wonder why food eaten today may be a problem that did not exist before? Or why our digestive symptoms are aggravated after eating? Are gluten and dairy free necessary for the duration? What is the impact on bone health and calcium intake if I remain dairy free? The real questions to ask: What happened? What is actually causing the underlying concern to begin with?
Food intolerance is a term used widely for varied physiological responses associated with a particular food, or compound found in a range of foods. Food intolerance is a negative reaction to a food, beverage, food additive, or compound found in foods that produces symptoms in one or more body organs and systems, but it is not a true food allergy. Food intolerances can occur to naturally occurring chemicals in foods. Drugs sourced from plants, such as aspirin, can also cause these kinds of reactions. Finally, it may be the result of immune responses.
Food intolerances and sensitivities occur adding to inflammation. disease related symptoms, and imbalances in overall health. Inability to break down and absorb nutrients from food leads to deficiencies of micro nutrients (vitamins, minerals, cofactors and antioxidants) that are necessary to drive energy systems, cellular work, (heart beating, lungs breathing, muscles moving etc.) and other chores like, building, repair and detoxification. Major nutrient uptake (i.e., proteins, carbohydrates and good fat) is also compromised by poor absorption. Long term health complications such as anemia, malnutrition, impaired metabolism and osteoporosis may result.
Removing the offending foods is a start. Identify that underlying cause with specialty testing may be necessary. Sign up for our ReJuvinate Digestion course to learn more.