Food Allergy Myth #2

Quote of the Month

“Food allergy is one of the least diagnosed and most prevalent causes of symptoms, especially depression” ~ Sherry Rogers

Continuing on from last month, here’s Food Myth #2…

Once you have an allergy to something, you’re stuck with it for ever.

The truth is allergies can come and go.

For example, have you ever heard of the terms ‘Passive Leaky Gut’ or ‘Intestinal Permeability’?

In a nut shell, large food particles, intestinal microorganisms, and chemical toxins which are normally denied entry to the rest of your body, for some reason are no longer restricted by the protective mucosal barrier in your gut.

You see, the gastrointestinal(GI) lining is supposed to absorb nutrients and at the same time at as a barrier to all the bad stuff. In fact, the GI lining contains a major part of our immune system – IgA antibodies and white blood cells.

Here are 8 things that damage your GI lining:

  • bacteria
  • parasites
  • medications
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • food
  • digestive enzyme insufficiency (not enough enzymes to help you digest what you’re eating)
  • chronic inflammation and stress (you are stressed even if you say you’re not!)

When your GI lining is damaged, it is also inflamed and becomes porous. As a result, foods, chemicals and microbes get free access to the rest of your body and bad things happen.

Let’s use carrots as an example. If your GI tract is damaged and permeable, the carrot will not be properly broken down in your digestive tract. These larger carrot particles/proteins wind up in your blood. Your body does not recognize these types of particles and your immune system will destroy them because it thinks you’re under attack.

Your body also has an excellent memory. The next time you eat those carrots it will attack again and over time you’ll have an inflammatory reaction.

To help stop this cascade, several things need to be done:

  1. Get tested using applied kinesiology/Electro Dermal Screening to find out what foods are problematic for you (we can do that in our clinic)
  2. Remove those offending foods from your diet in order to stop that nasty inflammatory response.
  3. You’ll need to take some herbs at this time to help heal your gut – probiotics are just one of them!
  4. As your gut heals, use our allergy relief technique to address those problematic foods directly.

Christine

Did You Know

  • It can take time to heal your gut properly – weeks or months. There’s no magic pill here.
  • Stress also causes inflammation in your gut – ever notice that you have less gas and bloating when you eat relaxed?