Food Intolerance & Your Health

Many people have health related issues that are caused by food allergies and/or food intolerances
Most people are not aware of food allergies and/or food intolerances until they have experienced life-threatening situations and/or have other health issues.

Before we dive in depth of food intolerances and how they effect your health, you need to understand the differences between food allergies and food intolerances (food sensitivities).
A food allergy is a hypersensitivity to certain foods that are triggered by the immune system. Basically the immune system overreacts to certain foods, it can be mild or severe. Also, it is important to know that mild reactions can turn into severe reactions over time. Once the immune system begins to develop and adapt itself to the troubling food allergies and produced antibodies from white blood cells, it can be life threatening.

On the other hand, a food intolerance originates in the gastrointestinal tract, not from the immune system. In other words, it comes from the body not being able to digest certain foods properly. For instance, if you have a reaction to cream cheese but you are not allergic to the lactose, you have a lactose intolerance. Lactose is a sugar in dairy products. A lactose intolerance is a common intolerance where the body can’t break down the sugar in dairy products because a deficiency in the enzymes which are lactase or hypolactasia in the body. So you may experience symptoms including: Bloating, pain or cramps in lower stomach, gurgling or rumbling sounds in the stomach, gas, loose stool or diarrhea, vomiting, and tiredness after eating cream cheese. If you have a food intolerance in certain foods and you are continuously eating those foods, you aren’t only experiencing unpleasant symptoms, it can develop into other serious heath – related issues including:

Serious Heath -Related Issues from Food intolerances (Food hypersensitivities)

IBS, Leaky gut, Arrhythmias, Anaphylactic shock, Rheumatoid arthritis, Depression, Mood swing, Malnutrition, Migraines, Fungal infections, Eczema, Gastro-intestinal distress, Dermatitis, Dehydration, Chronic fatigue, Urinary infections, Weight fluctuation, Sinusitis, Over weight, Obesity, Asthma, Anaemia, Celiac Disease, Crohn’ Disease, Endometriosis, Infertility, Vaginal infections, Skin problems, Psychological problems, Osteoporosis, Autoimmune diseases, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Alzheimer, Liver Disease, Low iron, Mineral deficiency, Neurological conditions, Psoriasis, Respiratory problems, Bowel cancer, Cancer, etc.

You may question, “How do food intolerances relate to heart health?”

Studies showed, digestive and gastrointestinal aliments have strong connections to systemic imbalances, many of which are commonly recognized as triggers for atrial fibrillation.

Many people don’t even know or they ignore the fact that they have food intolerances because they think those symptoms are normal until it became severe. But the good news is that you can prevent and improve your health by an Elimination Diet. When my clients started an Elimination Diet and experienced the results such as: higher energy levels, no bloating, normal bowel movements, improving quality sleep and metabolism, clear brain, etc. Further more, some clients actually reverse chronic pains and diseases by eating the right food for their body.

Also, if you have food intolerances, even though it is a healthy food, your body can’t digest therefore you won’t get nutrients from the food. But if worked properly, a food intolerance can be eliminated. Once you eliminated the certain foods about 3 – 6 weeks then you see the symptoms are being resolved then you can reintroduce those foods slowly.

It is important to eat clean, but the most important thing is WHAT YOU CAN DIGEST!

In order to be in charge of own your health, I suggest you write a daily food journal or track your daily food on Fantastic Life to understand your digestive system for optimal health.

Type of Food Intolerances Lactose intolerance

Lactose is a sugar in dairy products.

A deficiency in the enzymes which are lactase or hypolactasia in the body.

Symptoms include: Bloating, Pain or Cramps in lower stomach, Gurgling or rumbling sounds in the stomach, Gas, Loss stool or Diarrhea. Vomiting, Tiredness.

Gluten Intolerance

React to gluten which is a protein in starch carbohydrates.

Symptoms: it can be as bad as celiac disease. Fatigue, Headaches, Gas, Cramps, Nausea, Vomiting, Constipation, Bloating, Stomach pain.

Histamine Intolerance

A condition where an individual can’t break down histamine quickly or efficiently, resulting in them having more histamine in the body then is required for normal functions.

Symptoms: Migraine headaches, Alternating diarrhea and normal motions, Flushing, Hives, Eczema. Chronic constipation, Nausea, Vomiting, Feeling of fullness and flatulence. Running nose, Dizziness, Weepy eyes, Extremely tiredness, Flushing face and/or chest, swelling around eyes, lips, and throat. Acnes, Itchiness. Low blood pressure, Sleep disorder, Chills & Shivers.

HOW DOES YOUR LIVER CAN CAUSE HORMONE IMBALANCE

Hormone imbalance is an epidemic. Hormone imbalance can lead to Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hypertension, PCOS, Estrogen Dominance, and Obesity. Furthermore it can cause Autoimmune disease, Cushing’s syndrome, Epilepsy, Seizures, and Cancer.

“What do you do when your hormones are out of balance or you are diagnosed with chronic diseases?”

Many people go on medications and/or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat symptoms. Medications help to control your pain and disease, but you may have to deal with side effects. It is a personal choice when it comes to make a decision for your health. In order to make the right decision, It is important to understand about hormones and what is the root cause of the hormone imbalance.

Functions of Hormones

“Hormones are released by glands or specialized cells into the circulating blood and influence hormones as a chemical messenger, it interacts with one another to maintain homeostasis. Hormones regulate all body functions, including metabolism, growth and development, water and electrolyte balance, reproduction, and behaviour.“

– Medical physiology by John E. Hall

What Causes Hormone Imbalance

Causes of hormonal imbalance are: puberty, peri-menopause, menopause, post-menopause, unbalanced lifestyle, Toxins and Sluggish liver

The Liver As An Organ

The liver is the largest organ in the human body. It looks like a football shape and the size is about 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg) in the average adult human.

Why the liver is so important for the body?

There are many different functions of liver for the vital health.

Functions Of The Liver

  1. Detoxifies chemicals.
  2. Cleanses your blood
  3. Produces and stores fat
  4. Regulates the balance of hormones
  5. Manufacturing testosterone & estrogen
  6. Produces biles
  7. Stores vitamins and iron
  8. Converting fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to energy and nutrients.
  9. Produces cholesterol
  10. Plus, it has over 500 functions in the body and it works 24/7.

How Does A Sluggish Liver Effect On Your Hormones

Many people struggle with hormone problems such as chronic adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, thyroid issues, and insulin resistance which can lead to WEIGHT GAIN, blood pressure, diabetes, fertility issue, and overactive and/or underactive thyroidism.

“The active chemical medium of the liver well known for the ability to detoxify or excrete many drugs into the bile, including sulfonamides, penicillin, ampicillin, and erythromycin. In the similar manner, several of hormones secreted by the endocrine glands are either chemically altered or excreted by the liver, including thyroxine and essentially all the steroid hormones, such as estrogen, cortisol, and aldosterone. Liver damage can lead to excess accumulation of one or more of these hormones in the body fluids and therefore cause overactivity of the hormonal systems.” – Medical physiology by john E. Hall.

In other words, the liver doesn’t make hormones itself, but the liver breaks and metabolizes hormones which include: Aldosterone, sex hormones, and cortisone.

1) Aldosterone which is a steroid hormone that is produced in the adrenal gland. It is an important hormone that regulates mineral, sodium, potassium, and arterial blood pressure. If you have a sluggish liver, it will not break and metabolize the aldosterone efficiently, it can lead to fluid retention in your body which can effect puffiness, weight gain, and blood pressure.

2) Sex hormones which are estrogen and testosterone that are mainly produced by ovaries and testicles. If your liver is sluggish and estrogen is not broken down efficiently, it can lead to estrogen dominance, in which females who gain weight in lower part of the body(= pear shape). Excess estrogen can cause heavy painful menstrual bleeding, bad PMS, weight gain, and breast lumpiness. If the male hormone isn’t broken down and metabolized efficiently in the body, it can cause weight gain in upper part of the body (= apple shape or buffalo shape). Especially excess male hormones in female can lead to PCOS which is polycystic ovarian syndrome that causes facial and body hair, acne, oily skin, hair loss, and weight gain in upper part of the body.

3) Cortisone is produced by the adrenal gland, which controls the immune system. If you have a sluggish liver and cortisone isn’t broken down efficiently, it effects your sleep quality and blood sugar levels that effect the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas and it regulates and metabolizes fats and carbohydrates (glucose). The high level of glucose in your body will demand higher insulin production and the high level of insulin promotes the storage of fat in the midsection and develop a fatty liver.

Therefore, if you have hormone imbalance, it is important to improve the function of your liver and balance hormones for vital health.

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR HEALING IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common digestive disorder. Digestion takes place in small intestine where the nutrients are absorbed and some of the food is broken down by enzymes from liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Some of happens in the stomach and mouth as well. The large intestine absorbs only water to eliminate wastes through out the anus.

Causes & Symptoms of IBS

  1. Abnormal contraction : In IBS, the muscular contractions of the digestive tract become irregular and uncoordinated. This irregular movement leads to accumulate mucus and toxins in the intestine. usually the symptoms of bloating occurs from the accumulated material stays in the digestive track to trap gas and stools that cause symptoms of bloating, distention, and constipation (diarrhea). Sometimes IBS affects from the mouth to the anus – entire GI track *check the figure GI track
  2. Gastrointestinal Hormones
  3. Virus & Bacteria
  4. Lifestyle : Poor nutrition, Food allergies, and Stress. Antibiotics, antacids, or laxatives which interfere the bacterial microflora of the intestine.

Top 10 Symptoms of IBS

  • Excessive gas & Bloating
  • A Constant feeling of having to go the bathroom
  • Abdominal pain
  • Frequent Diarrhea and/or Constipation (alternating)
  • Mucus and/or Blood in stools
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Depression

Important Food & Herbs For Healing IBS

Foods Herbs Nutritional Supplements

  • Brown rice
  • Legumes – beans lentils fermented soybean.
  • Chicory root, Asparagus, Orange, Grapefruit, kiwi, and Tangerine.
  • Bone broth – 1 cup
  • Fermented food- Kimchi, Sauerkraut, miso, ginger, etc.
  • Grounded flaxseed- 2 tbsp.
  • Chia Seed- 2-3 tbsp.
  • Psyllium powder – 1/2 – 1tbsp.
  • Aloe Vera
  • Alfafa
  • Chlorophyll
  • Peppermint
  • Marshmallo w Root
  • Ginger
  • fenugreek
  • Burdock root
  • Baobab
  • Probiotic – 50 billions
  • Probiotic – 50 billions
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Flaxseed or Primrose
  • Flaxseed or Primrose
  • L-Glutamine – Over 30g
  • L-Glutamine – Over 30g
  • Vitamin B complex – 50-100 mg
  • Vitamin B complex – 50-100 mg
  • Vitamin B complex – 50-100 mg
  • Vitamin B12- 1000-2000mcg
  • Vitamin B12- 1000-2000mcg
  • Vitamin B12- 1000-2000mcg
  • Digestive Enzyme
  • Digestive Enzyme
  • Charcoal – To relieve gas and bloating, 4-5 tablets
  • Charcoal – To relieve gas and bloating, 4-5 tablets
  • Charcoal – To relieve gas and bloating, 4-5 tablets
  • Charcoal – To relieve gas and bloating, 4-5 tablets

What Should You AVOID For Healing IBS

Take Home

  1. Write a food diary to find out the type of food that makes you bloated and gassy. Limit to consume gas producing food such as beans, cruciferous vegetables.
  2. If you are suffering from IBS, you must increase minerals and trace elements which can be depleted by diarrhea.
  3. PH balance is very important for digestion. check your PH levels:
  • Dairy Products (Lactose = MILK SUGAR)
  • Coffee, Alcohol, Tabacco
  • Fermented Sugar (Junk food): Ice creams, pastries, cookies, chips, candies, chocolate, pops, etc.
  • All processed food & Fried Food
  • Mannitol, sorbitol
  • Nuts
  • Gum (with/without sugar) – chewing gum causes you to swallow excess of air, it can contribute bloating and abdominal pain
  • MSG/ GMO/ GLUTEN
  • Wheat bran, wheat products
  • Antibiotic

i.e. Stomach: 1-2 PH / Small intestine: 7 – 7.5 PH / Blood: 7 PH

  1. Test a ‘food allergies’ to avoid allergenic food.
  2. Chew your food well ( smallest particles) and take your time to eat!
  3. Drink broth daily – chicken broth, bone marrow broth, and vegetable broth.
  4. Drink plenty of filtered water to hydrate daily
  5. Eat raw and steamed vegetables ( over 1 pound) to meet daily fibres and support digestion. If raw food makes you bloated, increase cooked veggies and limit raw veggies intake.
  6. Manage stress to have good night’ sleep
  7. Regular Exercising & Stretching daily – Do not seat more than 50 minutes

HOW TO MANAGE AND REVERSE DIABETES WITH FOOD & LIFESTYLE

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which the body doesn’t produce or can’t use the hormone insulin properly. Diabetes can be reversed by changing lifestyle without medications except Diabetes type 1 which is an autoimmune disease that the body’s immune system attacks and destroys beta cells that produce, store, and release the hormone insulin in the pancreas.

In order to manage and reverse Diabetes, first and foremost, you need to understand how does the hormone insulin work in your body and how does it cause diabetes.

How Does The Hormone Insulin Work In The Body?

The hormone insulin is produced by beta cells in pancreas. A normal blood sugar level in humans is between 72 mg/dL (3.8 to 4 mmol/L) – 108 mg/dL (5.8 to 6 mmol/L). After eating carbohydrate or protein, the blood sugar level raises between 120-130 mg/dL. Once your blood sugar level raises, beta cells release insulin. Then insulin takes glucose to enter the cells and use the glucose as an energy and the blood sugar level falls back to normal until you eat the next meal. It takes about 2-3 hours to fall back to normal blood sugar level after eating. If the blood sugar level is too high constantly and glucose builds up in the blood stream, it leads to hyperglycaemia.

Hyperglycaemia VS Hypoglycaemia

Causes Symptoms Hyperglycaemia • Too high blood

glucose in the blood

Types Of Diabetes

What Is Insulin Resistance (Metabolic Syndrome)

Insulin resistance (IR) is regarded as a pathological condition in which cells fail to respond to the normal actions of the hormone insulin. As more carbohydrate are consumed, more insulin is produced If you are in condition of insulin resistance, the cells are resistant to the insulin and aren’t able to use it as effectively, leading to high blood sugar. The high blood sugar demands higher insulin

  • Fatigue, blurry vision, constantly feeling of hunger, experience of hypoglycemia after skipping meals or over exercising or too much insulin Hypoglycaemia • Too low blood glucose in the blood
  • Hunger, dizziness, numbness or tingling of the lips, legs, feet, and fingers, sweating, double vision, disorientation.

Types of Diabetes Causes Diabetes Type 1 • Autoimmune Disease – No insulin Production Diabetes Type 2 • Not enough insulin to fuel the cells/ insulin

resistance Diabetes Type 3 • Insulin Resistance in the brain – Alzherimer Gestational Diabetes

  • During pregnancy
  • Hormonal changes/ likely Develop Diabetes type 2 PreDiabetes • Insulin Resistance

secretion in the pancreas. Further more the condition of insulin resistance can develop PreDiabetes or Diabetes Type 2 or Diabetes Type 1.

Signs And Symptoms Of Insulin Resistance

  • High blood sugar level
  • Excess belly fat
  • Brain fog
  • Weight gain or hard to lose weight
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Fatty liver
  • Low in HDL / High in LDL
  • Mood swing
  • Craving Carbohydrate (sweet)/Addicted to sweet
  • Poor sleep
  • Low energy
  • Snacking at night
  • Feeling sluggish after meals
  • IBS/ bloating/ gas
  • Frequent urination
  • Depression/ Anxiety
  • Hypoglycaemia symptoms ( low blood sugar ) – When you skip meals
  • PCOS

Complications

Diabetes can lead to heart disease, atherosclerosis, blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, edema, limb amputations, and infections of gums, lungs, mouths, bladders, skins, and feet.

Take Away: Diabetes can be managed by controlling insulin levels and increasing insulin sensitivities. The major danger with diabetes isn’t the disease itself, but the complications that can lead to cause

of diabetes – related death. People with Diabetes type 2 and PreDiabetes can be reversed by nutrition and exercise. It isn’t easy to change lifestyle, but it is the only way to manage Diabetes naturally.

A Guideline To Control Insulin Levels

Macronutrients

Protein, Fat&Oil, Carbs

Herbs & Spices NutritionalSupp

lements

Vitamins & Minerals

Activities

Activities

  • Cruciferous vegetables, leafy green, moderate portion of fruit ( Berries)
  • Kidney/ Black/ Pinto
  • Kelp
  • Fish
  • Egg yolks
  • Hemp/Chia/ Flaxseeds
  • Olive oil/ Coconut oil
  • Avocado
  • Walnut
  • Lemon/Lime
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Psyllium Husk
  • Sauerkraut
  • Fermented soybeans
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Beanpod tea- pancreas
  • Dandelion root -liver
  • Cedar berries- pancreas
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Ginseng tea
  • Bitten melon
  • Gudmar
  • Gulvel
  • Juniper berries
  • Spirulina
  • Chromium picolinate
  • Chromium picolinate
  • Chromium picolinate
  • Magnesium
  • Magnesium
  • L-carnitine
  • L-carnitine
  • L-glutamine w/taurine
  • L-glutamine w/taurine
  • L-glutamine w/taurine
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vanadyl sulfate
  • Vanadyl sulfate
  • Vanadyl sulfate
  • Adrenal support
  • Adrenal support
  • Adrenal support
  • Sea kelp
  • Sea kelp
  • Zinc
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B12 w/ folic acid
  • Vitamin B12 w/ folic acid
  • Vitamin B12 w/ folic acid
  • Vitamin B12 w/ folic acid
  • Vitamin D3 /K2
  • Vitamin C w/ bioflavonoid s
  • Vitamin E
  • Swimming
  • Swimming
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Cycling
  • Cycling
  • Resistanc e training
  • Resistanc e training
  • Resistanc e training
  • Resistanc e training
  • Hiking
  • Hiking
  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Jogging
  • Jogging
  • Dancing
  • Dancing
  • Dancing
  • Yoga
  • Yoga
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Meditation
  • Meditation
  • Outdoor activities
  • Outdoor activities
  • Outdoor activities
  • Outdoor activities
  • Outdoor activities
  • Outdoor activities
  • 30 minutes to 60 minutes daily
  • 30 minutes to 60 minutes daily
  • 30 minutes to 60 minutes daily
  • 30 minutes to 60 minutes daily
  • 30 minutes to 60 minutes daily
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  • 30 minutes to 60 minutes daily

What you should AVOID to control insulin levels

  1. Starch Carbohydrate, starch vegetable, and white flour products such as white potatoes, white rice, bread, pasta, biscuit, baked good, chips, candies, pops, etc.
  2. Eating large portions of animal protein with starch carbohydrates Any form of artificial sweetener
  3. Hydrogenated oil, trans-saturated fat, and a simple sugar (except fruits & honey)
  4. Alcohols and tobacco
  5. Eating every 2-3 hours.
  6. Snacking at night
  7. Lack of sleeping
  8. Vitamin B3 (niacin) and fish oil capsules that contain large amount of para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)
  9. Amino acid cysteine – Interferes with absorption of insulin by the cells.
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