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Food Sensitivities & Leaky Gut

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Hey there, wellness seekers! Did you know that more than 90% of people have a food sensitivity? But don't worry, we're here to tell you that you don't necessarily have to bid farewell to that beloved food forever. Let's dive into the world of food sensitivities and discover how they differ from allergies. While allergies can lead to immediate and severe reactions, sensitivities might not be life-threatening, yet they can certainly bring about unwelcome symptoms for up to 72 hours after consumption. The most common culprits? Gluten, dairy, egg whites, and nuts, though there are plenty more. Surprisingly, even chocolate made it onto my sensitivity list! However, the good news is that with the right guidance, these sensitivities can often be alleviated, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods once again.


Food Sensitivities & Leaky Gut

Understanding the link between food sensitivities and leaky gut is key for long term relief. Often these sensitivities stem from damage to our intestinal walls, leading to a condition known as leaky gut. This allows harmful pathogens to escape, triggering an immune response. Damage can be attributed to various factors, such as inflammatory foods, medications, stress, and even common elements like tap water. Plus, our modern-day food landscape has changed significantly over the years, with alterations in soil quality, farming practices, and food processing methods. This means the food we consume today isn't quite the same as it was decades ago. The introduction of additives in packaged foods, like sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners, can further contribute to inflammation.


Unmasking Food Sensitivities

Recognizing food sensitivity symptoms is key. From fatigue and joint pain to skin issues and mood fluctuations, these signs may indicate a reaction to something you consumed within the past three days. While identifying the specific culprit can be a challenge, testing real foods with the help of a functional medicine approach can provide invaluable insights.


As Integrative Health Practitioners, we've worked with numerous clients navigating food sensitivities and intestinal damage. While an occasional skin rash from a favorite treat might seem minor, it's crucial to acknowledge the internal inflammation it can trigger. Our bodies are resilient, but consistently subjecting them to perceived threats can lead to trouble. Inflammation, after all, lies at the core of many health conditions. It's our body's way of signaling for help, and a simple food sensitivity test can shed light on your gut health and overall well-being. What if your lab test comes back positive for food sensitivities? The next step is to join our virtual Gut Detox Bootcamp. This camp was carefully crafted to rebuild the gut lining so food particles can no longer leak into your bloodstream triggering a reaction. It is the best way to get to the root of your food sensitivities, lower inflammation, and gain vitality for the long-term!!



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