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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Heal your insides

As with any blog, not limited to mine, please contact your doctor before taking advice from anyone or any document. 

If you are like me and didn't find out about your food intolerance until later in life, chances are your stomach and small intestine are in a mess.  The reason I got tested for food intolerance was being constantly sick.  My immune system was shot.  This eventually turned into low energy, upset stomach, rashes and even feeling short of breath.  All of these symptoms, I related to depression or anxiety.  There are a lot of symptoms of other disease/disorder or illness that look similar to food allergy/intolerance.  Here are the symptoms to look out for: 

Food Allergy:
  • Rash or hives
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Itchy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling of the airways to the lungs
  • Anaphylaxis

Food Intolerance:
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Gas, cramps, or bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Irritability or nervousness

If you continue throughout life to eat the foods that you are intolerant to, it tends to lead to being sick: But from the inside out.  The medical term I have often heard is "Leaky Gut Syndrome."

Leaky Gut Syndrome:  The official definition of Leaky Gut Syndrome is an increase in permeability of the intestinal mucosa to luminal macromolecules, antigens, and toxins associated with inflammatory degenerative and/ or atrophic mucosa or lining.

Layman's terms: Large spaces develop between the cells of the gut wall allowing bacteria, toxins and food to leak into the bloodstream. 

If you are intolerant to a food versus allergic to it, you will not have an immediate anaphylactic reaction.  This makes them very hard to pinpoint.  An elimination diet or lab testing is necessary to figure out if you are intolerant to a certain food.  It can take days for the reaction/symptom to present itself.  Then, its just a headache or just a stomach cramp or just diarrhea.   

After you have figured out what food or foods you are intolerant to, it can take up to a year or more for your stomach and small intestine to heal.  I was told (by my doctor) to take two supplements that helped me greatly. 

Probiotic:  Probiotics are bacteria that help maintain the natural balance of organisms in the intestines . The normal human digestive tract contains about 400 types of probiotic bacteria that reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system.  Probiotics are also available as dietary supplements.  It has been suggested that probiotics be used to treat problems in the stomach and intestines.  

Regular consumption of probiotics may improve diarrhea, constipation, immune response, mucin production, dysbiosis, bacterial infections, yeast overgrowth, and should be considered during or after use of antibiotics. 

L-Glutamine: L-Glutamine is an amino acid, which is essential for the health of the immune system and digestive tract. It is very reparative and healing in the gut where it strengthens the mucosal cells and in turn helps leaky gut and sugar cravings. Glutamine also helps promote optimal muscle growth and strength and has shown to be particularly useful in helping prevent muscle wasting.

Multivitamin:  As with anything, as you are adjusting to your new eating habits, you may be eating less than normal or not getting all the nutrition you need.  If you are feeling weak or just for good measure, take one a day.

Notes:  When taking the probiotic or glutamine, you may notice that your bowel movements smell like death.  This is completely normal as the vitamins are helping clean out the toxins in your digestive tract.  Just keep your Febreze or Lysol handy, and you and your family will make it through. 

I hope this helps you feel better as quick as possible.  

You can find these supplements at any supplement or vitamin shop.  I noticed that the pills I bought from GNC were huge and not coated making them very hard to take.  I got mine from the website below, which are coated and much easier down the hatch.

Hope that helps!!!