All to know about food sensitivities: how to detect them and what you can do to reduce the symptoms.
Fists of all it is worth saying that food sensitivity is not the same as food allergy. Food sensitivities are caused by an IgG/IgA immune response to foods that lead to subtle symptoms, and food sensitivities fluctuate over time –while allergies persist. However, people who suffer from food sensitivities experience a lower quality of life when eating the foods they are sensitive to. But removing the foods that can trigger sensitivity does not address the root cause, you need to repair your gut lining so that you can improve your tolerance to foods.
Why gut health is key?
Having a healthy gut lining is critical to health in general. Your gut needs to keep microbes, pathogens and food away from your bloodstream or the outer layer of your intestine. And if you suffer from leaky gut, your immune system will not be tagged to determine if the food must be attacked or if it can stay –increasing the chances of suffering from food sensitivities, allergies and other autoimmune conditions.
Why foods from your regular diet are often the ones that cause sensitivity?
Although there is not much evidence, it is believed that repeated exposure to foods can trigger food sensitivities. This is often the case when you follow a restrictive diet –such as keto or paleo. To avoid developing food sensitivities, try not to overconsume any particular food (for example, almond milk, almond butter, almond flour, etc). Incorporating different types of food supports your gut microbiome and decreases the risk of any additional food sensitivity.
What can you do?
Before getting a food sensitivity test, it is recommended to improve the lining of your gut health and taking notice of how you feel after eating certain foods. You can have a diary of your meals to track the symptoms –like feeling bloated– and identify which are the triggers.
Should you avoid those foods for good?
No. Food sensibility changes over time, so if you took the test two years later, it is very likely that the results will be different. Try incorporating those foods one at a time and continue unless you notice adverse symptoms from one specific food each time that you reintroduce it into your diet.
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