237: Are Food Intolerances Slowing Your Progress? Part 1

Sep 29, 2016

There is a difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance.

You might have unidentified food intolerances that are impacting your health and your progress towards your goals and not even know it!

And, just because you’ve tolerated a food before doesn’t mean you do now.

Plus, you can overcome your food intolerances!

If you continue to consume a food to which you are even mildly intolerant, you are initiating a domino effect of challenges within your body.

In today’s episode I’m talking about the direct connection between food intolerances, your immune system, your fat loss & your health. I’m sharing the impact of genetics, lifestyle and diet on your immune system and what happens when your immune system is compromised.

In part 2, I’ll share common foods that trigger an immune response and might be responsible for your symptoms and how you can strengthen your immune system & eliminate your symptoms.

Don’t miss the full episode! It’s a really important one!

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Are Food Intolerances Slowing Your Progress?

To answer this question, we first need to understand the role of the immune system, as food intolerances are based on your immune system’s response to food.

Your immune system’s primary function is to protect you from toxins, pathogens and other threats.

Because most threats to your health are introduced to your body through your mouth (what we eat, drink or inhale), the majority of your immune system resides in your gastrointestinal tract.

The immune role in the GI tract is to keep out anything and everything that could be dangerous.

Unfortunately, when we knowing or unknowingly consume foods to which we’re even mildly intolerant, we break down the protective barrier within the GI tract and create larger problems.

What are the symptoms of a food intolerance or autoimmune issue?

There are so many possible symptoms but the common ones include:

  • bloating
  • gas
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • headaches
  • rashes & other skin conditions
  • acne
  • trouble sleeping
  • low energy
  • indigestion
  • allergies
  • depression
  • irritability
  • joint pain
  • slow healing

When we fail to eliminate these food allergens and other immune irritants, our immune system becomes compromised and attacks things it shouldn’t, including foods and our own body tissues.

This leads to new food allergies or autoimmune diseases like hashimotos thyroiditis, lupus and arthritis.

The most common autoimmune diseases include:

  • psoriasis
  • fibromyalgia
  • lupus
  • celiac disease
  • hashimotos thyroiditism
  • rheumatoid arthritis

In today’s episode I’m talking about how your body’s inflammatory response works, what happens when common foods trigger inflammation and how we can quiet the inflammation throughout the body and eliminate your symptoms.

I’ll also share one of the primary challenges with convention prescription drug treatments for these autoimmune concerns.

In the next episode I’ll be talking about which foods most frequently trigger this immune response and how we can calm our inflammatory response, heal the immune system and eliminate food intolerances. We’ll closely examine foods including:

  • sugar
  • caffeine
  • gluten
  • dairy
  • nuts/seeds
  • alcohol

Make sure to listen to today’s full episode!


The Autoimmune Solution by Dr. Amy Myers

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