Many people have health problems that are caused, triggered, or perpetuated by the foods they eat every day—and some don’t even know it.
Back in the seventies and eighties when I grew up there was very little talk about reactions to foods. Sure, there was the occasional kid, but nothing like today.
Today school protocols have changed, no longer are kids sent out into the playground with lunchboxes in hand. They eat indoors supervised, discouraged from sharing foods, before being let loose into the playgrounds. All part of a strategic masterplan to limit food related incidents in schools that seem to be getting bigger, more widespread and complex each year.
Food reactions, which ranges from intolerance, sensitivities or allergies are all escalating at an alarming rate. Of course, all a little different in how they happen in the body but will make you feel similar.
Why Are Food Intolerances on the Rise?
Our immune systems are going haywire. Ideally, protecting us from bacteria and viruses. Now they’re attacking poorly digested food particles or even our own body tissues.
Why? I’m thinking it has a lot to do with how we are tampering with our environment, foods and the ever increasing number of chemicals and substances that are unleashed upon us each year.
Autoimmune diseases are on the rise in recent years, with an estimated 25 -50 million people struggling with one or more of roughly 140 autoimmune problems – asthma, eczema, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hayfever, cancer, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis….
Food intolerances can act as a driver for autoimmune diseases in susceptible individuals, keeping immune systems primed to cross react with bodily tissues or organs in susceptible people under the right conditions. Did you know once you have one autoimmune disease you can get many?
19 Clues of Food Intolerance
Here are most common symptoms of food reactivities I see people struggling with. You may have one or a combination of many.
- Acid reflux
- Brain fog
- Sinus infections
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) – swing from constipation to diarrhoea
- Weight gain
- Muscle/joint pain
- Stomach cramps
- Autoimmune disease – psoriasis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, coeliac….
To understand food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances, we have to look where the majority of the immune system resides and where digestion occurs. It just so happens that both of these are in the same place.
The gastrointestinal system is home to around 75 percent of your immune system and is also where your food is digested and absorbed. As Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said, “All disease begins in the gut.” That’s why I believe that overcoming food reactivities has to be centered around healing your gut.
Your microbiome, the trillions of bacteria and yeast in your gut, regulate the immune system in many dynamic and intricate ways. Research suggests that bacterial imbalances in the microbiome can lead to immune dysregulation and allergies or intolerances with foods.
Other gut problems like candida overgrowth, SIBO, and leaky gut syndrome can all be added stressors to the balance of the immune system. In leaky gut syndrome, for example, if foods are passing through the gut lining into the bloodstream, this can cause the immune system to react to just about any foods, triggering inflammation throughout the body. I’ve seen even the healthiest foods cause food reactivities in people with these underlying gut problems.
If you’re going through some of the problems listed above, it’s important to uncover which foods your body is not tolerating. I’d suggest coming in for a 30 min Food Sensitivity Discovery Session or if you have have multiple issues an initial 75 min consult. Available in person or phone/skype. CLICK HERE to book now for 30 minute Food Sensitivity Discovery Session, normally $90, now $75 until 31st March 2017.
Life’s too short to feel crappy all the time!
Feeling unwell but can’t put your finger on it?
Noticing you’re tired, bloated, have headaches often, blocked nose, brain fog.….maybe feeling down, mood swings, shocking PMS or skin is breaking out?
Personally, I suffered from all these and more…. for more years than I care to admit, before I’d had ENOUGH…..then made the decision to get it sorted.
Life is too short to feel crap all the time!
There’s lots to do, feel and get inspired about in life.
But when you’re feeling like you’re doing life under a blanket of wet concrete it just takes all the juice out of it. It suddenly becomes about surviving not living.
So, my escalating chronic discomfort prompted my quest for solutions and finally became my mission.
FOOD INTOLERANCES or SENSITIVITIES was my nemesis.
Energy sucking, inflammatory driving and infection cultivating……they were slowly draining the life blood out of me.
More so because I had a swag of them, since I’d let it go on for soooo long, plus I was eating these foods multiple times a day. Doh!
I learnt the hard way about cleaning up at the beginning and all important prevention..…rather than constantly doing damage control at the other end with cortisone nasal sprays, antihistamines, panadol, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and anything else that would temporarily ease the pain of feeling so goddam awful.
My biggest lesson was about taking away what doesn’t work instead of adding more and more and more.….. I’m sure I’m not the only one whose been there.
So, less is the new more for me.
Then finally, stepping back and learning why it all happened in the first place.
What set me up for all this food chaos? That’s a complex story for another day.
The short version is, leaky gut or inflammatory intestinal permeability. I’d added plenty of fuel to the fire and had the predisposition, just waiting to manifest given the chance.
Looking back, my mother had lots of digestive issues, she was quite fussy about what she ate. This predisposition had been passed down the line.
Now, add to that –
- the ‘take on too much’ work ethic, constantly stressed,
- health short cuts because you’re time poor – ignore it all and plough on,
- skip exercising daily (no time initially, then no energy & no time),
- eat breakfast cereal for dinner because you’re tired, exhausted and can’t be bothered – like throwing petrol on a fire….before you know it’s exploded and out of control,
- binge drink weekly, to escape,
- minimise fruit and veg in your diet, until they’re almost non-existent,
- go overseas and get a gut infection or gastro,
- repeat all above often
Did you know intolerances (delayed or IgG type) are passed through the placenta, so mothers pass their intolerances through to their children?
Thinking of having children, clean up your health before you go there, it’ll make life so much easier. Otherwise your children will have the same problems as you…..talk about amplification of pain!
Now I’ve tested it all and found what works and I teach it most days in my clinic.
That’s my big why I transitioned from mainstream ‘treat it at the end’ pharmacy to bigger picture ‘get it at the beginning’ naturopathy.
Now, I can help anyone, anywhere in between.
I’ve lived it, trialled it, experimented and found what works and what doesn’t.
Food sensitivities come in many shapes and sizes….they’re not that simple.
Did you know?
- Having a problem with certain foods doesn’t always or only affect your gut.
- Foods that irritate and inflame you, inflames everything……your brain, liver, everything. That’s why you feel so crap.
So, if you have an autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, asthma, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, ulcerative colitis, lupus and more…..it’s best to eradicate the petrol that’s keeping your immune system angry and attacking your body.
And that’s FOOD INTOLERANCES or SENSITIVITIES.
Can’t lose weight?
Food intolerances is one of the first things I look for….guaranteed to sabotage any weight loss attempts. Increases fluid retention, internal cortisol and inflammatory markers, no chance of getting into the fat burning range.
Most common reactions are to cow’s milk, eggs, beans, cereals….but can be anything really!
Had an ahah moment or sound very familiar? Time to get some testing done…. to work out what’s really happening? CLICK HERE to book online a 30 min Discovery Session (phone or in person) for $75 with 10% off testing until 31st March 2017. Otherwise email oe call me on 0438 593523.
I’ll point you in the right direction to feeling great and looking fabulous once again.
“Happiness, growth and satisfaction live in the journey, the challenges and even, the struggle.” – Craig Harper
Hit a fork in the road, a setback or just in a world of pain?
If you’ve ever tried to learn something new – tennis, an instrument, a language or losing weight, you know progress is never linear. Inevitably you encounter setbacks, plateaus or even roadblocks in your progress. Maybe you lost the first 10 kilos quickly, but the last 5 kilos you can’t budge or it creeps back on over Christmas.
You concentrate on a particular area, only to drop the ball in another area. For instance focusing on your food and exercise, but your head or mindset isn’t in the right place so you keep sabotaging yourself.
It happens often to many of us. We’re travelling along and pain and resistance is starting to build. Discomfort creeps in then it increases exponentially. Some of us go silent, withdraw, give up, escape through sleep, alcohol, eating or the like or perhaps yell and scream.
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I was inspired to write this week, when I came across a recent social media comment, that really shocked me – ‘I think for women in 40-55 year old age group we’ve given up on being able to lose weight, with metabolism & hormone changes through menopause…’
Wow….really! I was totally horrified by the collective acceptance of that comment. It gave me instant visuals of lying on a train track, ready to get severed in half and saying it’s my destiny.
There’s no resignation to fat, frumpiness and grumpiness on my watch!
It’s all so fixable. I do it multiple times a day five days a week – fix, tweak and rebalance hormonal issues. It’s so doable. Having a background in pharmacy and naturopathy, with 25 years experience under my belt, makes it all second nature. And of course, being in this age bracket myself, I do have an appreciation for what this wonderful lady was expressing.
But generally feeling and looking less than great is not OK, nor is it simply a normal sign of ageing. Your hormones are just out of balance and in need of a little TLC or a reboot.
Hormones sweepingly refers to many endocrine organs, which are essentially your thyroid, adrenal, pancreatic and sex hormones.
Here’s some signs that will point you in the right direction. And yes, you can often have multiple imbalances….since they are linked in many feedback loops….and we’re not that simple that it’ll be just one thing. Plus, I don’t want to get bored!
Sluggish thyroid problems, often shows up as fatigue along with constipation, thinning hair, weight gain you can’t seem to shift, depression, brain fog.
Adrenal problems, involving DHEA, cortisol, often shows up as fatigue and difficulty sleeping, anxiety, weight gain around middle, craving sugar, irritability, night sweats.
Pancreatic problems or insulin resistance, often shows up as expanding waist line, brain fog, dry mouth, variable energy.
Sex hormone problems, involving oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone often shows up as low libido, menstrual changes, hot flushes, PMS, dryness, fibroids (heavy bleeding), irritation, moodiness.
Hormonal serum blood tests, from your doctor won’t always pick up the problem. Since blood tests only test for total hormones, bound and unbound. We’re interested in unbound hormones, since these are the active ones. That’s why salivary hormone testing is a better option for adrenal and sex hormones.
CLICK HERE to get salivary hormone testing done today. It’s not super expensive and is an integral way to getting to back to feeling and looking great.
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