Feeling tired and bloated after eating? Energy low during the day? Wake up in the morning feeling exhausted? Pain in the stomach, especially after eating? Aches and Pains in joints? Constipation, Diarrhea or a cycle of both? Headaches or Migraines? Skin issues? Brain Fog? Leg and arm numbness? Depression or anxiety?
These are all be symptoms of a food sensitivity. Where a food Allergy can be life threatening, a food sensitivity tends to make you feel generally unwell or below par.
Sometimes the body has difficulty in digesting and breaking down certain foods. Two of the most common food sensitivities are Gluten and Dairy products.
The protein in Gluten, when mixed with water is what makes a dough sticky and helps the bread to rise. Our body finds this hard to digest therefore causing undigested particles to enter the system causing inflammation and often setting off an immune response.
Dairy intolerance can be caused in a number of ways. If the body does not make enough digestive enzyme to break down lactose then issues can arise. Also Casein is a protein found in milk, your body can mistake this as a threat and starts an attack to fight off the danger.
How have people been eating Gluten for years without any problem?? Yes, of course people have been eating wheat, which has been a diet staple for since hunter gatherers made porridge called Leaden from the 14 chromosome wheat called Eircorn wheat. Over the years this wheat has been cross pollinated to develop a shorter, more disease resistant grain, to make mass production easier.
Good News is that help is at hand.…Kinesiology uses simple muscle testing to see if the body weakens to foods. If a food sensitivity shows then we can also check;
- The structural integrity of the body – the Atlas or C1 at the top of the spine is paramount in the body’s process of producing stomach acid and digestive enzymes to help with digesting foods. If there is an issue with the Atlas it can impinge on the function of the stomach to break down the foods.
- The Ileo-Caecal Valve – this valve is located between the large and small intestine and if inflamed or stuck it can reduce the absorption of nutrients in the small intestine, or mean that toxins are absorbed rather than being evacuated by the body.
- Hiatus Hernia – a small portion of the stomach sticks above the diaphragm, allowing acidic stomach contents to rise.
- In a session your kinesiologist can also check if stomach acid levels and digestive enzyme production is sufficient.
So, It’s been confirmed….I’m sensitive to certain foods…What do I do now?
Tips for removing Gluten from the diet. There is a wide range of gluten free products available in supermarkets nowadays to cater for the growing number of people finding that Gluten is an issue for them. Some of these products are great but be aware they can be high in sugar content. It is always best to stick to fresh, non processed foods that have no gluten content. Try to eat foods that will only keep a few days.
Tips for removing Dairy from the diet. There are also a wide range of alternative milk products available. Milk options include Oat Milk, Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Rice Milk. Try to avoid Soy Milk as this can also be an irritant.