The foods we eat feed either wellness or illness. So when it comes to chronic health problems, nutrition is key.
But eating healthy is about more than fad diets and calorie counts.
Your body has unique nutritional needs. Each person is bioindividual, meaning that different combinations of genetics and environmental factors make us all different.
This individuality can mean the same foods act like medicine for some and poison for others.
If you eat a clean diet but still struggle with uncomfortable or debilitating long-term symptoms, you could be dealing with an underlying food intolerance or sensitivity.
Food reactivity can cause these symptoms and more:
Food allergies involve the immune system. If it mistakenly identifies specific proteins as harmful, it will overreact to certain foods. Symptoms are typically prompt and severe.
Intolerance and sensitivity aren’t as clear-cut. They’re also marked by a negative response to specific foods. But unlike allergies, they could have any of several root causes.
One possible reason behind these gut irritations is a deficiency of enzymes that help you digest the food in question. This is known as intolerance. A common example is lactose intolerance, where your body can’t break down the sugars in dairy because it lacks the enzyme lactase.
Like allergies, food sensitivities occur when your immune system reacts to a food. But in contrast, the symptoms are delayed and not life-threatening. People with a sensitivity can sometimes eat small amounts of a trigger food without a problem. One common example is non-celiac gluten sensitivity. The immune system creates antibodies against gluten proteins, but the reaction isn’t as severe as an allergy — or an autoimmune reaction like celiac disease.
Reactions to an intolerance or sensitivity are not as consistent, immediate, or obvious as allergic reactions. But they can still be debilitating. And the lack of clarity makes triggers difficult to pinpoint. It can even mean these problems are affecting your well-being completely undetected.
At Healing Arts Center, we offer N.A.E.T., the only proven way to permanently alleviate food allergies and sensitivities. If you would like to find out more about N.A.E.T., call today for your free consultation.
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