There are so many triggers to digestive issues, pin pointing the exact trigger/cause is a challenge and may at times cause the individual further discomfort and distress when doing an elimination programme.
Small manageable changes are the answer.
The trick is to identify your current food triggers through reviewing a food diary. Then slowly remove and introduce different foods. This slow and steady method can reduce symptoms and is easy to follow.
Today’s Western diet is full of problematic food foods that are known as pro-inflammatory foods that when frequently consumed can damage the cells in your gut tissue, called epithelial tissue, and promote intestinal permeability.
These foods include:
• Conventional dairy
• Wheat and gluten
• Highly processed vegetable oils
• Refined Sugar
• Additives and preservatives found in processed foods
Processed food – Whole foods are made up of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fibre and water. When foods are processed the components of these foods are modified (for example, fibre, water and nutrients are removed) and in other cases, components are concentrated. In each case, processing changes the way they are digested and assimilated in your body.
Eating highly processed or highly concentrated foods can artificially stimulate dopamine (the pleasure neurotransmitter), which plays a role in addiction. In this way, you are eating foods that lack nutrients and fibre, but create a pleasurable feeling. A food addiction starts because you feel good when you are eating these foods and they make you think they taste better. You crave that pleasurable feeling again and again and viola…this is what starts a food addiction
Beneficial microflora cannot survive in your digestive tract when you are poisoning them. Like us they thrive on foods that are made by nature not by man.
Ingredients in processed foods are often the lowest cost
and sub-par, nutritionally.
Most people will choose convenience if they are on the run and in today’s busy lives, who of us isn’t? Unfortunately, multitasking while eating causes people to lose touch with their natural appetite, often leading to weight gain. Additionally, multitasking sends the wrong signals to your digestive system, which needs to be in a restful mode to digest properly.
Eating too many processed foods can lead to infertility and malnutrition. Processed foods, like cereal, are stripped of important vitamins and nutrients that your body truly needs and trigger negative responses.
Processed foods are made for long shelf-life, not long human life! Chemicals, additives and preservatives are added to processed foods so that they will last for a long time without going rancid or affecting the taste of the food. Food manufacturers spend time, money and research on beautiful packaging and strategies to lengthen shelf-life, with little attention on how the foods will lengthen your life or create lasting health
Eating food heated may kill or weaken the natural enzymes needed for the digestion of food, increasing the risk of becoming an inflammatory trigger.
It is further believed that enzyme depleted foods accelerate the ageing process. Heating food changes the pH and makes it acidic, and makes your body a welcome feeding ground for disease. Heating food converts easy-to-absorb minerals into inorganic, hard-to-absorb minerals, which can cause calcium stones; whereas organic minerals are easier to digest, creating alkalinity, helping to rid the system of excess acidity. Heating food also destroys most vitamins.
The ‘processing’ that takes place during microwaving destroys everything: all vitamins, minerals, enzymes, all life force.
Meat – it takes 6 to 8 hours for food to pass through the stomach and small intestine. Digestibility refers to how much of a food can be broken down into necessary nutrients used by the body. It normally takes up to 24-72 hours to digest red meat depending on your digestive track.
Briefly, the function of digestion is to break food down as far as possible—hopefully into individual fats, amino acids (the building blocks of protein), and sugars (the building blocks of carbohydrates) which can be absorbed through the intestinal wall and used by our bodies.
Eat steak and corn… corn found in poo… but its how we eat more than what we eat.
Dairy – Lactose intolerance is defined by a person having a deficiency in the enzyme lactase. Lactase is needed in order to digest the sugar component in milk called lactose.
Many people are lactose intolerant, but millions more have an immune reaction to dairy. Unfortunately, most people don’t recognise that there is a difference between the two issues.
Avoiding lactose only partially helps their condition and often doesn’t help at all. Soy, rice, almond, oat, hazelnut, and even coconut milks are now widely available. Coconut, rice and soy ice creams are wonderful ice cream alternatives.
(Soy is widely used as an alternative to dairy and meat products though soy is often heavily genetically modified and processed, raising questions as to the overall health benefit)
• Skin allergy symptoms like itchy skin, Eczema.
• Spontaneous vomiting.
• Headache, sinus pain.
• Chronic fatigue and lethargy.
• Leaky Gut – intestinal damage leading to malabsorption disorders.
• Respiratory problems like Coughing, asthma, bronchitis.
Wheat – Wheat a grain. Two different problems.
Wheat intolerance triggers symptoms such as cramps, distention, bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea. Not a true allergy – treat with restriction of wheat containing products.
Celiac – gluten sensitive. Gluten is the protein of wheat (gives the sticky texture to dough)
Can damage the intestine wall – poor fat and nutrient absorption. Not 100% curable.
Wheat allergy symptoms include:
• Swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth or throat.
• Hives, itchy rash or swelling of the skin.
• Nasal congestion.
• Itchy, watery eyes.
• Difficulty breathing.
• Cramps, nausea or vomiting.
A gluten-free product may be safe for those who are allergic to wheat because the product should not contain wheat ingredients.
Celiac Disease is a digestive condition that is potentially serious if not diagnosed or treated. Symptoms of celiac disease include severe diarrhoea after eating gluten-containing products, a rash, severe weight loss or failure to properly gain weight, and abdominal pain.
Diagnosis of celiac disease can only be made by a registered practitioner It must also be made when the person is eating foods with gluten, as gluten avoidance is the active treatment.
A gluten intolerance is not an allergy, and there are currently no tests for accurate diagnosis. People with certain symptoms might need to be tested for celiac disease, but few people with gluten intolerance have celiac disease.
There are many people who label themselves as “allergic” to gluten, and unfortunately limit their diet without having seen a specialist.
These foods mentioned trigger a reactive response that puts your body into fight or flight mode, controlled by the hormone cortisol.
What To Do: Be aware that these foods are not good for your gut and replace them with healthier alternatives such as gluten-free grains, coconut oil, and nut or seed milk. By doing that, you’ll begin to naturally reduce the inflammation in your Gastrointestinal tract (GI tract), which may help alleviate symptoms of leaky gut.
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