Why are Food Allergies, Food Intolerances, and Celiac Disease, suddenly so common?
Everyone seems to be “gluten-free” or “lactose intolerant” in today’s world. It’s not just children needing to avoid specific foods anymore. Kids, teenagers, and adults are all coming down with these health problems that seem to come out of nowhere and prevent them from eating the foods they used to enjoy, and half the time it doesn’t make any sense.
It’s not uncommon for there to be allergy friendly aisles at the grocery store or to see foods that specify they’re “gluten-free.” It’s also now a legal matter that all companies must specify when their products contain any of the major allergens, in bold, right below the ingredients list. I know you’ve seen this before, and if you need to avoid certain foods, I know reading these labels is something you likely do multiple times a day. I’ve been there, but when I used to be allergic to foods, it wasn’t a necessary thing for companies to specify the common allergens on their labels, so I had to read through the entire ingredients list, but it was becoming an issue.
Why has avoiding specific foods become such a common thing? Is it because of the hormones or genetically altered food we eat? Or the pesticides and toxins included with the package? Is it because the foods offered are extremely processed and chemical washed? Is it the toxic ingredients included vaccines inserted directly into our blood stream? Or is it because our bodies just aren’t meant to eat the food provided on this earth? There are many theories and questions pertaining to this topic, and often times the medical experts don’t even know the true answer to this issue, but I do, so let me explain in a way that makes sense.
Why are there so many health problems in today’s world?
Our bodies were built to be strong. They know how to fix themselves when they need it. Our bodies have an immune system that is so complex and hard working, it’s beautiful. The human body is something that we’re barely coming to understand in medical science, but we’re not even close when it comes to understanding it’s capacity and ability.
That being said, when our bodies are forced to work on overdrive for months or years at a time, they wear down. No matter how strong your body is, it can’t run thousands of miles at a time. It just can’t. But such a huge amount of the population are making their bodies overwork over and over again, and they don’t even realize it.
The foods we eat are the biggest factor in determining our health, or more rather, the toxins and chemicals we consume along with our food are the biggest factor in our health. Almost everything you can buy contains chemicals, toxins or artificial hormones, and those are obviously not something our body likes to process, but it does, every day.
The foods we eat are also processed to the point that often times, all of the nutrients have been taken out. You want to know why people are gluten-intolerant? It’s because white flour has had all of its nutrients sapped out, and all that is left is the sugary/carbohydrate part of the wheat. You can’t tell me that white flour is good for you. It’s not. But everyone eats it anyway because it “tastes better.” Along with sugar, that is in fact, a toxin, the combination is fatal, but that’s another post for another day.
The root of the REAL problem
The problem comes when we are consuming too much processed toxin-containing food, as well as medications, including vaccines (these contain chemicals, toxins, hormones, and mess with the body’s natural balance), antibiotics (which directly affect the balance of the digestive system), and other chemicals. The food isn’t giving our bodies the nutrients or strength it needs because all of the nutrients have been processed out, and the toxins are making our bodies work harder than they need to. The combination of not getting the energy it needs from food and having to work on overdrive to get rid of the toxins leaves the body worn down and exhausted.
Your body can only do this for so long before it literally starts to wear down. With so many toxins in your body and the lack of nutrients to rebuild its strength, your digestive system is the first to break down. It becomes semi-permeable, meaning it hasn’t been able to rebuild itself (usually because the body has been so focused on attacking and purging toxins), so small holes are formed in the walls of your digestive track. These small holes allow toxins and food particles to pass into your blood stream, where your body creates an immune response and attacks the toxins. When food passes into your blood stream, your body automatically considers that food a toxin, and creates antibodies to attack it. That’s why so many people get sick by eating commonly consumed foods, or have food allergies/intolerances, because the food we most commonly eat is being attacked by the body’s immune system. This entire process is called intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome, and it is a huge problem.
Not only has your body been working on overdrive, now all of the toxins causing your problem are free reigning throughout your blood stream. Since your body was already exhausting its efforts trying to purge the toxins from your digestive system (which it obviously wasn’t succeeding at) and now it’s working even harder to purge these toxins from your blood stream (which is probably why you’re always exhausted), the toxins that are not purged are able to soak into any organ, bone, or bodily function. And since your body hasn’t been able to successfully purge all the toxins from your system without repercussions (obviously), the toxins soaking into your organs will likely be plentiful. This is why Leaky Gut Syndrome can cause almost ANY health problem. You can find a big list of them in this post, here
Is is really that simple?
Wouldn’t it make sense that more people would figure out the cause of all these health problems? Well no, people (doctors) treat symptoms, not the root of the problem. Actually, most of them might not even realize there is a root to the problem, and that’s the problem. People don’t realize that what we consume every day has such a big influence on our health and directly affects how we feel. As a society, we rely so much on medication to make things better, to make things work, but doesn’t it make perfect sense that the food we eat every day could do so much more? Our bodies were made to survive off of food, not chemicals or chemical filled medication, and when we eat balanced meals and nutritious, healthy food, our bodies thrive. Why, then, is it so hard to eat good food?
Because it’s easier to open a can and throw it in the microwave. Because food companies will add whatever hormones and chemicals they can to make the food they sell look and taste better, regardless of the health effects. Because learning to cook with real food is hard. Because we are too busy with other things to focus on eating right. Because we, as a society, have lost something precious. Real food is the heart of our health, not medication, and it’s going to be difficult to get us back to that mindset, but we can do it.
What it takes to get better
First things first. Once you have Leaky Gut, you need to find a way to get better. This is going to be done through eating the right foods that will give your body the strength and materials it needs to rebuild itself, as well as providing the perfect environment to heal. Essentially you need to give your body basic nutrient-filled foods that will provide your body energy to work harder, and provide building blocks to repair any damage that has been done. This will also help rebuild your digestive system. You should mostly eat meats, fruits and vegetables, avoiding all grains, sugar, dairy, and processed food. You will also need to drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. If you weight 100 lbs, you drink 50 ounces of water every day. This will help flush out toxins and keep you hydrated. The exact food and protocol can be found in my post, How To Heal Naturally.
Along with eating the right food, you need to exercise, sleep well, and reduce stress. Sleeping at least eight hours per night is important, but it’s also important to go to bed at a good hour. The best sleep is between 10:30 PM and 6:30 AM, and the most restful sleep is the first four hours of that, meaning you should go to bed early and get up early. It’s also important to exercise, but I feel like too many people feel they have to go running or lift weights because “everyone else does it.” What really matters is finding something you enjoy doing that doesn’t cause you stress but helps you move and work. It doesn’t matter so much what you do as long as you do something. I personally love to dance and will turn music on to have my own little dance party. I also enjoy doing yoga, and if you’ve never done yoga before, you can do the 30-Day Yoga Challenge with Erin Motz
. Lastly, you need to reduce stress. This is done by a combination of meditating throughout the day and eliminating stressful things (in your control) from your life. This is easier said than done, but stress works the body even more and you don’t need that right now. Your focus needs to be on healing and getting better. It’s important. You can learn more about these in my post, Sleep, Exercise and Reducing Stress
To aid your body’s natural healing process, it is essential to take natural supplements (containing herbs and super-foods) that will help purge toxins and speed up your healing process. These include Probiotics, Cod Liver OIl, Digestive Herbs, Digestive Enzymes, and L-Glutamine. Essentially, these prepare the way for your body to heal, help balance your body’s natural functions to create that perfect environment we talked about, and they also provide the tools your body needs to rebuild itself. I do recommend working with a holistic worker while you take supplements because your body can react poorly to these and may need expert advice. I recommend working through this program here
Between eating right, supplements, and a healthy lifestyle, you can completely overcome your health problems and get back to your normal life. Hey, I never said it would be simple, but this is the best and easiest way to get your life back, and your health is more than worth it, especially if you can get back to your normal self again. That includes being able to eat the foods that make you sick right now. You can feel better again, and even if you don’t have noticeable health problems, you can increase your energy, productivity, and longevity by eating right.
I’ve written a series of posts called the, Healing Leaky Gut Series, and a book, Healing Leaky Gut, which walk you through healing your body naturally, step-by-step.
I know you can get better. I know all of this is possible because I did it myself, and I’ve helped countless others do the same. You can read My Story if you want to learn more about that.
I hope you found this helpful and I wish you the best of luck in getting better and working towards your dreams.
Thanks for reading!
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