Food Intolerance/Sensitivity and Weight Gain

Food intolerance or sensitivity can contribute to weight problems in many ways. Any time you ingest food that your body is either intolerant or sensitive to it causes irritation and inflammation. Your body’s way of dealing with this is to retain water in order to dilute whatever you have ingested, and your fat cells bloat in order to act as a buffer between the toxins created from the offending food and your organs. Your body will then hold onto this fat in order to inhibit self-poisoning. It has been found that chemicals involved in food intolerance/sensitivity slow down your metabolism. Prostaglandin E2 which inhibits the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel is released in order to increase mucus production, increased mucus production is supposed to help rid the body of the offending food/chemicals. Unfortunately, too much mucus in the body causes many problems and the more food we consume that we are intolerant/sensitive to the more prostaglandin E2 is released, the more mucus is created, the less inclined we are to burn fat as fuel, the slower our metabolism is, the more weight we gain and on and on. For instance, lets say you have an intolerance/sensitivity to dairy (wheat and dairy are most common) but you consume it every day in your coffee, on your sandwich, in your burrito because you just can’t live without it! Well, every single day your entire system is taxed in order to protect you from yourself, because, instead of eating food that will make you stronger and more vital you are eating food that is causing inflammation and stress. How is it that we can do this to ourselves? Well, a study in the¬†Lancet¬†found that compounds in common food allergens act as morphine-like opoid drugs causing a temporary “high”. Just like any other drug when the feeling wears off we crave more in order to get another fix and eventually we get addicted; The very food we crave is making us sick.
So how can you find out what foods you are addicted to? I went to a doctor who used Applied Kinesiology (http://www.balancechiropracticoakland.com/index.php/services-overview/applied-kinesiology) to test me and she was able to tell me within the first visit that I was intolerant of dairy, soy, wheat and corn. She suggested a cleansing diet completely avoiding dairy, soy, wheat and corn. Within two weeks I felt 100% better than I did when I first walked into her office.
You can also talk to your physician about blood tests that detect food allergies. Or you can simply use your intuition, if you feel like a certain food is making you feel ill try cutting it out for a week or two, if your symptoms improve you’ve probably identified a food you should not be eating.

Amanda

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