Food Sensitivities and Leaky Gut

Have you considered that you could be poisoning yourself with healthy foods?

Food sensitivities are foods that have a weakening or debilitating effect on the body. They are often healthy foods that are secretly sabotaging your health. These are foods that the body no longer recognizes as food and treats as invaders. Every time these foods are consumed your body mounts an attack which results in inflammation. If these foods are consumed on a regular basis, your body will end up in a state of chronic inflammation. In a state of chronic inflammation your body’s ability to heal will be greatly diminished and a number of undesirable symptoms will make their presence known.

Food Allergies vs Food Sensitivities

With traditional food allergies your body produces an antibody called IgE (Immunoglobulin E). This antibody results in an immediate reaction. These allergies are often obvious and life-threatening. They are easily identified by traditional medical testing. The reaction results in acute (short-term) inflammation.

Food sensitivities result in the production of an antibody called (Immunoglobulin G). This antibody results in a delayed reaction which makes food sensitivities difficult to identify. Food sensitivity reactions often go unnoticed and remain a hidden source of inflammation for years. Unidentified food sensitivities can put your body in a state of chronic inflammation.

The Inflammation Connection

Inflammation- the body’s response to harm. Indicates the body is making an attempt to heal. Inflammation is one of the body’s first lines of defense in response to injury or infection, and increased inflammation is found in many diseases.

Acute inflammation is a short-term process characterized by warmth, pain, and swelling. (there’s nothing cute about it…you know it when you see it. It hurts). But it’s short-term. That’s the key word.

Chronic inflammation is persistent. Long-term. It’s usually a lower grade response, often lacking the visible signs of acute inflammation, and may be systemic rather than localized. Chronic inflammation plays a role in the physiology of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and some cancers.

Food allergies are obvious and cause immediate reaction, but food sensitivities may actually pose a bigger threat to our health long-term due to their ability to put the body in a state of chronic inflammation, inhibiting natural healing abilities and causing a cascade of undesirable symptoms.

Symptoms Associated with Food Sensitivities

Over 75 symptoms and 50 chronic conditions have been linked to food sensitivities. Some of the main culprits: