By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Russell Shein
Food allergies and Intolerance’s are common culprits for many health struggles including the inability to lose weight and keep it off. It should be noted that a food intolerance is a delayed reaction to food by the body, whereas a food allergy is an extreme reaction such as anaphylaxis that can happen within minutes of ingesting a food. Food intolerance’s are generally not as severe at first, but can cause long-term debilitating effects. While it may not cause the more noticeable reactions of a food allergy, food intolerances can cause a multitude of health compromising symptoms and cause confusion with what a person’s lifestyle diet should be. Plus, food intolerances can make it difficult to lose weight if certain foods are causing bloating and/or inflammation.
Food intolerance’s break down the lining of the small intestines over time, due to the extra work it takes to digest trigger foods. This can lead to a lesser ability to digest nutrients that we need, leading to poor metabolism. The strain placed on our bodies from trigger foods can also lead to lower levels of energy which keeps up from being active. It is even possible to have cravings for the foods we are intolerant of! It is estimated that this effect occurs in about half of people with food intolerance’s. This can lead to withdrawal symptoms and binge eating, which makes for many emotional symptoms like depression and anxiety along with making losing weight difficult.
If you feel like you have gone through every diet, done every workout, tried every method and still cannot get your weight under control, we recommend you try testing for food allergies to get answers about what YOUR personal daily diet and nutritional intake should be.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
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