Food Sensitivities, Allergies, and Intolerances

9 Nov

The digestive system, commonly referred to as the GI tract or gut, is an amazing series — that measures an amazing 25 feet in length — of organs charged with the demanding duty of converting the foods we into usable nutrients. Interestingly, it is also known in the science community as “the second brain” because of its vast network and highly influential landscape of the same tissue and chemicals that heavily populate our brains. This in and of itself is a very important topic for future discussion.

If you’ve ever experienced an adverse reaction to eating a meal, such as gas, bloating, stomach pain, diarrhea, congestion, skin, then it’s highly likely that you suffer from some food sensitivity. Food sensitivity is an all-encompassing term that includes food allergies, intolerances, or any other adverse reaction associated to eating a food.

The purpose of this article is to discuss both the differences and similarities between food allergies and intolerances, which are often used interchangeably but incorrectly so. It’s important to highlight the differences because their root causes are unique and the severity can also vary. And, as you’ll see, the treatment for food intolerances can be liberating to both your health and your waistline.

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), a food allergy is an immune response to food that your body views as potentially harmful. Specifically, your body mistakenly identifies a food protein as an allergen and attacks it with an immune response that involves a sudden and rapid release of chemicals. This response can involve your entire body including your skin, respiratory system, GI tract, and cardiovascular system.

The signs and symptoms of a food allergy can be mild to severe and they generally come on very rapidly. It’s extremely important to note that a food allergy can be fatal. Common signs are hives, rashes, itching, swelling, and other skin-related issues. In addition, more severe symptoms include trouble breathing, wheezing, and loss consciousness. Other signs are vomiting, abdominal cramps. and diarrhea.

It is estimated that nearly 15 million Americans suffer from food-related allergies. According to the FAAN, eight foods account for 90% of all food-related allergic reactions:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Diagnosis for a food allergy can generally be determined via skin prick or blood test, and a history of symptoms. The only treatment for a food allergy is avoidance. That is, the only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid the allergy-causing food.

Unlike food allergies, food intolerances generally do not involve the immune system. Rather, they describe an adverse reaction to a food substance or additive that involves digestion or metabolism. Unlike food allergies, the reactions to food intolerances are generally temporary and very rarely life-threatening.

The most common signs and symptoms of food intolerances include gas, bloating, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, headache, migraine, and irritability. As you can see, there is some minor overlap between intolerances and allergies, but there are important distinctions.

The symptoms coming on as a result of food intolerance are generally the result of food irritating your GI tract because your body cannot properly digest it. As a matter of fact, these intolerances often arise from the absence of a specific enzyme needed to fully digest a food. More on this in a minute, but first, here’s a list of common food intolerances:

  • Lactose. Lactose is the sugar found in dairy. Many people lack the enzyme lactase that is needed to specifically break down this nutrient.
  • Gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat to which many people are intolerant because of the lack of enzymes to break it down properly. Celiac disease is the most severe form, and it is treated more like an allergy (i.e., gluten avoidance). Less severe cases can be properly treated with the addition of enzymes.
  • Salicylates. Foods like apples, citrus fruits, strawberries, some spices, herbs, nuts, tea, wines, and coffee contain salicylates — also in aspirin —  which have been implicated in food intolerances.
  • Amines. Monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates, chocolate, cheese, bananas, avocados, tomatoes, and wine can also cause reactions attributed to their specific amine content.
  • Food colors and additives. These artificial ingredients can cause reactions. In general, it is highly recommended that these ingredients be because of their artificial nature and unknown long-term effects.

So, you know that if you have a food allergy that you have to avoid that specific food like the plague. It’s vital to your life. But, what about food intolerances? You may be wondering just how BIG of an impact these issues can have on your fat-loss success, and how much of a difference effectively alleviating them can make.

Well, in one study conducted at Baylor Medical College, 98% of participants displayed significantly improved body composition and/or scale weight by adhering to one single dietary practice: removing foods from their diet in which they tested positive for intolerances. At the same time, a matched control group who followed a calorie-restricted diet alone actually GAINED weight.

The fortunate reality is that you don’t have to suffer through uncomfortable digestive-related issues or put up with food intolerances affecting your fat loss any longer… and, even better, you DON’T have to follow some cumbersome diet that requires you to eliminate foods to do so.

There’s actually a simple solution that allows you to literally have your cake and eat it, too!

BioTrust AbsorbMax™ is a comprehensive blend of 16 unique digestive enzymes that allow you to fully break down and absorb the nutrients contained in any and every food you eat.

Just take one single capsule at the start of each meal, and you’ll be enjoying:

1.Optimal protein breakdown and absorption from meat to dairy to all veggie sources through a potent blend of 5 powerful enzymes that ensure each protein, regardless of source, is reduced to its fully absorbable peptide and free amino acid forms.

2.Optimal carbohydrate and fiber breakdown and absorption through a total of 10 unique carb and fiber enzymes that make sure you get all the goodness and nutrients from every vegetable, potato, bean, fruit, rice, and sprouted grain you eat.

3.Optimal dietary fat breakdown and absorption through dual action enzymes that cover a broad pH range.

4. A specialized enzyme to fully break down lactose from dairy while at the same time reducing or eliminating the bloating and gas that is regularly associated with these foods.

5. GlutenGone™ – A dynamic duo of 2 unique enzymes that has been shown in very recent research to be unmatched in its ability to fully digest gluten, assisting those with gluten intolerance and avoiding the harmful effects of this damaging protein.

6.Enhanced absorption of health-promoting, age-defying, and disease-fighting vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants from all foods.

And if that wasn’t enough, AbsorbMax also boasts three other powerful support nutrients that not only help each enzyme do its job, but actually stimulate delivery of nutrients into the cells of the body, and even help avoid the delivery of those nutrients to belly fat stores!

First up is cayenne pepper, a well-known spice whose active compound is an extract called capsaicin. Capsaicin has been shown in research to increase intestinal blood flow by 16%, helping enhance nutrient delivery to the various cells in the body that need them.

But even more interesting is that capsaicin also has been shown in research to decrease blood flow and nutrient delivery to mesenteric adipose tissue (a.k.a. belly fat) by a substantial 12%! In other words, this distinctive ingredient makes AbsorbMax even more special by partitioning the nutrients that our unique enzymes break down away from belly fat and instead toward muscles and other body cells.

The next support ingredient is coral trace minerals. Because all enzymes rely on a variety of mineral co-factors to function properly, we went with none other than the best to enhance the AbsorbMax blend. For starters, coral minerals are all natural (unlike synthetic mineral supplements) and naturally contain the full spectrum of trace minerals so valuable to the human body. Additionally, coral minerals play a more important role in the body than any other supplement, as these important minerals can directly improve the heart and circulatory systems as well as cleanse the digestive system.

Lastly, AbsorbMax is completed with the addition of ginger, a common nutrient that has been shown in multiple research studies to further soothe the intestinal tract, which can be so easily irritated and inflamed.

If a food intolerance is causing you gastrointestinal strife, I strongly recommend looking into AbsorbMax. While an elimination diet is another option, it can be a terribly pain-staking and time-consuming process. If you are indeed concerned about a food allergy, then I strongly recommend further testing.

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