Food sensitivity is often mistaken for food allergy. It’s actually more like an immune reaction to food. Problems with digestion can result in moodiness, fatigue, achiness, weight gain and overall poor health.
Your gastrointestinal tract (GIT), also referred to as the gut, is large; up to 30 feet long! More than 60 tons of food will pass through it in your lifetime. The GIT does much more than handle digestion. It is considered the ‘second brain’. The symptoms of food sensitivity can take up to three days to appear and the spectrum goes far beyond the classic symptoms of skin rash, diarrhea or constipation. Other common symptoms include:
• runny nose/nasal congestion
• increased or rapid pulse
• difficulty losing weight
• poor focus and concentration
• headaches and migraines
• Stiffness or achy joints
• mood disorders (anxiety, depression, etc)
Studies have shown a profound link between GIT & Mind and GIT & Immune system.
• 90% of nerve fibers carry information to the brain, not the other way around. Can you imagine what some of that could be? (**Stacey needs to clarify what she means)
• Our emotions are influenced by the nerves in our gut.
• 95% of our serotonin (feel good hormone) is made in the GIT
• 70% of our immune system resides in the GIT
The Mood/GIT connection is well studied. Studies show bowel disorders are often correlated with mood. 20% of those with anxiety disorders are found to have functional bowel disorders such as IBS. The GIT is an important area to address with most patients, even if they don’t have gut symptoms.
Naturopathic Medicine can address anything from low-grade food sensitivities (dairy, gluten etc.) to more complex GI issues with symptoms such as eczema, poor immune system function, seasonal allergies and chronic headaches. Food sensitivity testing is a useful tool that can be used in addition to a food-sensitivity diet to reveal foods that are detrimental to overall health.
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