Did you food sensitivities can inflame your digestive tract, overload your liver, and slow down your thyroid function? These all translate to a messy metabolism.
First, it’s important to understand that food sensitivities are not food allergies. They both cause inflammation, but food allergies are serious reactions that create what’s called immunoglobulin E (IgE) response from your immune system.
When you ingest something that you’re allergic to, such as peanuts, eggs, milk, or shellfish, your immune system releases these IgE antibodies to attack the allergen, producing symptoms in a variety of areas of the body like your:
- Eyes (tearing, redness, itchiness)
- Nose (discharge, itchiness, congestion)
- Throat (tightness)
- Lungs (shortness of breath, cough)
- Skin (hives, swelling)
- GI tract (vomiting, nausea)
- Anaphylaxis, a severe whole-body reaction that can kill you
Food sensitives also trigger your immune system, but in a different way. When you consume a food you’re sensitive to, your immune cells are stimulated to release different chemicals. Some of these chemicals you may know as histamine, cytokine, and prostaglandin. These cause a negative response in your body and symptoms such as:
- Migraine and/or headaches
- Acid reflux
- Bloating, IBS, gas
- Foggy thinking or mental fog
- Depression and fatigue
- Asthma and allergies
- Weight gain
Unlike IgE food allergies, food sensitivies do not cuase immediate negative reaction in the body. Believe it or not, food sensitivity reactions can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 days to show up!
Food sensitivities can affect you in multiple ways. They can create digestive complaints like:
- GERD (acid reflex)
- Abdominal pain
The can cause fatigue and insomnia, food cravings, water retention, leading to weight gain, stubborn fat, and even metabolic syndrome.
They have been linked to depression, anxiety, irritability, and brain fog.
And many other issues that have been linked to insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, excess fat especially around your belly, and elevated cholesterol levels.
Food sensitives have also been linked to problems with your skin, sinus and nasal pathways, and joint pain.
Reduced joint pain and relief of sinus headaches are some of the most common early results from starting my 3-Week Metabolism Diet program.
How to Heal Yourself of Inflammation and Food Sensitivities
The biggest reasons we are seeing an increase to food sensitivities is overexposure to the same foods and leaky gut syndrome. Remember, the food we eat does a whole lot more than provide us with energy.
Either the food you are eating is promoting health or its promoting disease.
Our body is built to deal with small stressors that are constant, but not life-threatening. Food sensitivities are basically small stressors that affect the body.
If you are sensitive to any food, even foods considered “healthy,” it is causing you inflammation and damaging your body.
It should go without saying that the first step to healing your body of inflammation and eliminating food sensitivities is to get rid of the foods your sensitive to.
Giving your body and cells a break from eating stressful foods is vital to resetting and optimizing your metabolism. You will reduce stress, balance your hormones, reduce cellular inflammation, and start fixing your broken metabolism.
Start by removing foods you THINK you might be sensitive too, then you eliminate foods you are probably sensitive too like gluten, soy, dairy, and un-soaked beans to name a few.
Even if you believe you’re eating a healthy diet, you might be eating the wrong foods for YOU, which could be causing inflammation and discomfort in the gut and other symptoms. During The 3-Week Metabolism Diet you’ll avoid the foods that are known for causing inflammation and use other lifestyle modifications to get the most from your diet.
Before you eliminate inflammatory foods you need to make yourself aware of the 5 “metabolism killers” that are even worse than food sensitivities. Read more about these killers on the next page: