Today I want to talk to you about food sensitivities and food allergies, and these are not the same as each other. With an allergy, you cannot have that food. Period. With a sensitivity, you may be able to overcome the sensitivity.
So, how does that happen? Why is this a part of the health timeline?
HOW YOUR FOOD SENSITIVITIES AND ALLERGIES HAPPEN
As your gut becomes damaged your mucosal lining thins, and essential gut bacteria is damaged or missing. Then interesting things start to happen in your gut in a few different ways.
One way is when small particles infiltrate your body. They go through the gut wall because it is so thin with large gaps. This is what leaky gut is. If you pretend your hand is the gut wall, and your fingers are your mucosal lining, we can use this as a metaphor.
When your fingers are closed, pressing together, that’s how it is in your intestines with all these tight junctures. This is where the good bacteria live, and they are keeping these junctures tight and solid. This keeps food going through your gut, and all the way out the way things should.
Weakness in your gut lining it starts with the gut bacteria being damaged in some kind of way.
But if you start to have a weakness in your gut lining it starts with the gut bacteria being damaged in some kind of way. Then they are not there keeping those structures tight anymore. So your lining starts to get little spaces in between. And those spaces are tiny but they are big enough for food particles and other foreign objects like pathogens to get through.
WHEN THINGS TURN INTO AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
Now stuff is getting through when it’s not supposed to. When that happens, your immune system does what it should and it reacts. It’s going, “Hey, foreign invader! We’ve got to go attack.”
Well this is a problem because if the foreign invader is something like a gluten particle, for someone like me with Celiac disease, my body is going to go attack that gluten particle. And when this happens over and over again, your immune system builds up memory.
It builds up antibodies to maintain health so that it will recognize an invader again when it comes back. So this how the immune system works with any sort of illness. If you get a cold, the flu, or you get another virus, your body goes and fights. It learns how to fight it, and remembers how to fight it so if it sees it again, it’ll stop it in its tracks and you won’t get sick from that thing again.
So these kinds of mistakes can happen and eventually lead to autoimmune diseases.
But what can happen when it’s something like a gluten particle is those proteins are extremely similar to other human proteins in your own human cells. Then what can happen is your immune system will mistake your own cells for that invader, and attack itself. So these kinds of mistakes can happen and eventually lead to autoimmune diseases.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALLERGIES AND SENSITIVITIES
If you have an autoimmune reaction to a food or an allergy to food, like a peanut allergy, you are probably not going to reverse that. Your body is going to attack that thing every time. Now, when you have a food sensitivity that can be more so of a just an irritant and annoyance to your body.
For example, if you have something like rheumatoid arthritis, nightshade foods might exacerbate your issue. With lactose intolerance for example, that is a food sensitivity because as an adult you’re no longer making the enzyme to break down lactose from cow’s milk.
Certain foods might exacerbate an issue. For example if you have eczema, then eating something like gluten or dairy, food additives, preservatives, things like that might make the rash worse. If you have asthma, that can be made worse by dairy and gluten as well.
But with most autoimmune conditions, these problems can be reversed or greatly reduced by healing your gut.
Gluten and dairy come up a lot. They cause a lot of problems for a lot of people, or exacerbate unnecessary symptoms. But with most autoimmune conditions these problems can be reversed or greatly reduced by healing your gut.
HOW TO REVERSE YOUR FOOD SENSITIVITIES
The origin of the gut health problem may change and be different from person to person, but the resulting autoimmune disease is because there’s some underlying gut damage that happened. So with a change of diet, you can heal your gut. You will stop having those symptoms or they will lessen and likely go away.
At that point, once your gut is healed, your body may be able to handle things naturally again. So all the things you can’t imagine not eating isn’t a thing anymore. You don’t have to worry about them. But there are ways to make your diet work, for at least a while to heal your gut, and then you can reintroduce those foods.
If you know how to eat and what foods to avoid, you can heal a lot of this, and maybe go back to eating some of those things you used to enjoy.
THE DIFFERENCE A GUT RESET MAKES
After having done this for myself, I feel great. I have more energy. I feel younger than I did 20 years ago and I have no health issues! I have no symptoms of celiac disease.
I know it’s still there. I could turn it back on very easily if I decided to go eat unhealthy things. Of course I am not going to do that. But once you heal and feel great, you’re so happy to have found a way of eating that you can sustain that makes you feel good. You even stop missing some of the things that you currently think you can’t live without.
For example, one person that just did my 12 Week Gut Reset used to eat chocolate m&ms everyday. Now he hasn’t gone back to eating them. Yet, he doesn’t miss them, he found that because he felt so much better and his energy was up and he found other foods to enjoy, that it was not a big deal.
Maybe you don’t know which foods are contributing to your problem, but we can find out! That is part of what this program does. It helps you figure out what your body needs because everyone’s individual.
I would love to see your food sensitivities be gone forever! I’d love to help you do that with the 12 Week Gut Reset Program. Let me know if you have any comments or questions and just send me a message.