Guest Post Written by: Martha Berkesch from Mother Nature Nutrition
Food sensitivities and allergies are on the rise. Why? Because our digestive systems are becoming more and more damaged and unhealthy.
What’s the difference between a food sensitivity and a food allergy? A food allergy means your body produces IgE antibodies in response to a food protein. When this happens, you can go into anaphylactic shock with hives, swelling, lowered blood pressure and dilated blood vessels.
A food sensitivity, on the other hand, isn’t as severe or life-threatening. Although there are tests for food sensitivities that measure IgG antibodies, they are expensive and inaccurate because we make IgG antibodies to all foods we eat, especially those we eat often. Food sensitivities cause inflammation and lead to further damage of the gut wall.
A common recommendation by naturopaths and nutritionists is to do an elimination diet to figure out what foods you are sensitive to. After completing the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) practitioner training, I learned that food sensitivities are caused by an unhealthy gut. Instead of trying to determine what foods you are sensitive to and eliminating those foods from your diet forever, you can heal your gut and reverse food sensitivities.
You may be wondering how we damage our guts and how an unhealthy gut causes food sensitivities. As I discussed last week when I talked about the GAPS program, our gut walls become damaged from the standard American diet, antibiotics, birth control pills, NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) and having more pathogenic than beneficial bacteria in our guts.
When the gut wall is damaged, we can’t break down food particles and absorb nutrients as we should. Those large particles of undigested food get into the tissues of the gut wall where they aren’t supposed to be. Our bodies aren’t reacting to the food in particular but to the undigested food protein that our digestive systems aren’t breaking down properly.
The good news is that by healing the gut wall, you can reverse any food sensitivities you may have. Following the GAPS protocol will ensure you heal and seal the gut. This protocol includes drinking lots of bone broth which soothes an inflamed gut wall and provides minerals in a highly-absorbable form. Introducing beneficial bacteria through probiotics and fermented foods is another important part of the GAPS protocol.
I am offering a special 2-month Heal Your Gut and Reverse Food Sensitivities program for $200, half off the regular price. This program includes personalized recommendations of foods and supplements as well as menu plans and 3 in-person, phone or email consultations. Heal you gut and eliminate food intolerances forever! Call or email me today to take advantage of this offer.