By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Russell Shein
Do you struggle with weight? Diet and exercise not doing the trick? Have you tried absolutely everything? If these sound familiar, you might be struggling with a food intolerance. A food intolerance is when your body struggles with a certain food, views it as an invader, and generates an immune system response attacking the food. Food intolerances do not show immediate symptoms as food allergies do, but can have detrimental effects over long periods of time.
One of the biggest concerns in regards to weight is that the immune response caused by trigger foods can irritate the surrounding cells. This leads to inflammation as well as other health challenging symptoms. This inflammation can make it difficult to absorb nutrients from food, and can lead to trouble losing weight due to the slowing of the metabolism from lack of nutrients. When clients come in for a weight loss consultation they usually look swollen, puffy, or inflamed. Once we adjust their diet, based on food intolerance test results they return looking less puffy and swollen and have weight loss success. Weight can also be caused by fluid retention where the trigger food affects the permeability of cells through irritation and allows extra water in, causing visible swelling in the body – particularly in the abdomen. Finally, your body can actually crave the foods you are intolerant of. You may start out enjoying the food but later on you may feel bloated and look inflamed. If you think you might have a food intolerance, our tests can help you identify exactly which foods are your trigger foods so you can eliminate them from your diet.
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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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“FOOD Intolerance – Could It Be Making You Fat? | Institute For Optimum Nutrition”. Ion.ac.uk. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.