Eating is essential – without nutrition, you cannot sustain life. But what if what you consume is actually making you sick rather than energizing you? Food sensitivities are becoming more common.
Food is an integral part of living – not only to remain healthy, but it also has social significance.
Should you be in pain, feel sick or fatigued all the time and many visits to your doctor, taking a variety of medications or having as many different medical tests all proved to be fruitless; have you considered the possibility that you may be suffering needlessly? That your problems could possibly be related to food allergies or sensitivities or being sensitive to products that you encounter or use daily?
When you are healthy and feeling energised, what you eat may only concern you insofar as taste, texture, preparation and presentation are concerned. And you are free to move on to more important things (unless your life’s work is within the food industry!).
But, when you are faced with constant pain, digestive issues, rashes or headaches, all without a rational explanation, what you eat may be the most important thing to focus on.
With food sensitivities the whole picture changes.
Without you realising that what is wrong with you is related to what you put in your mouth, it is possible that your …
- Physical weakness
- Unexplained pain
- Digestive discomfort
- And even … depression
… could all be the result of food sensitivities.
The Problem with "Managing" the Problem
The whole situation may still be quite manageable if you only have an adverse reaction to one or two things. You could then attribute the discomfort you experience from time to time to a “sensitive system” or something similar. In these cases most people still find it fairly easy to manage their physical discomfort. And if you are lucky enough to know that a specific substance is to blame – you can simply avoid that.
However, depending on what substance you are sensitive (or allergic) to, even avoidance can have its challenges.
One is that even with avoidance you may be exposed to the substance and with each exposure the problem could be intensified or even broaden to include new substances that you did not react to previously.
And once you reach a stage when you are feeling unwell (or sick) most of the time, no matter what you eat, with accompanying digestive problems as well as symptoms that you may not associate with eating habits, it becomes rather more challenging to manage the situation. At this stage, however, one can still manage the problem, but it is more difficult.
Should your body however become overwhelmed by what it identifies as "toxins" or "invaders" and you react to more and more of the ingredients in the food you are consuming, your immune system is already under excessive pressure and it is likely that your energy level is low.
Even then, you may not present with the symptoms of a severe allergy.
More often than not, your digestion will be acting up or you could suffer from unexplained pains and aches, inflammation, constant fatigue and even non-physical effects such as depression, memory loss, difficulty to concentrate, etc. Ironically, you may still not associate your problems with the food you eat.
Even worse, neither may your medical practitioner. Food sensitivities are often misdiagnosed. Even if you undergo allergy tests, the culprits may not be identified.
Food sensitivities are much more common that what you may realise. And the most common symptoms are:
- Constant fatigue
- Inflammation in various bodily systems
- Mysterious aches and pains and
- A “hostile” gut
Allergies versus Sensitivities
Obviously an allergy is far easier to diagnose, since the reaction to the substance will mostly be immediate and frequently severe. It could be life threatening so that receiving immediate medical attention is critical. Just consider one of the most well-known allergies, i.e. a peanut allergy, which usually affects respiration and can lead to death if left untreated.
In this case, the usual recommendation is to avoid the product or substance that is the root cause of your symptoms.
However, food sensitivities or intolerance are much more difficult to identify or diagnose.
It is frequently accompanied by symptoms that can also be the symptoms of other disorders; thus, it is far more difficult to determine what the actual problem is.
It frequently happens that people with food sensitivities are prescribed medication for anxiety, depression, antacids, arthritis, etc.
Symptoms may be vague, may only appear many hours or even days after exposure and can easily be misdiagnosed.
Here are some physical symptoms that are linked to food sensitivities. These same symptoms can also be linked to other ailments, so if you have already been cleared from suffering from any other illness, these may be the warning signals:
- Digestive problems, including acid indigestion, IBS, inflammation, bloating, etc.
- Mysterious aches and pains, such as joint pains, unexplained by any other medical problem
- Skin problems, such as a rashes or hives
- Inflammation of various systems in the body
- Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
- Weight gain or loss
- Headaches or migraine
When there is no medical explanation for these symptoms, such as intense fatigue, listlessness, pain, etc. medical practitioners frequently turn to other justifications – and you could be diagnosed as depressed or anxious.
Possible Causes of Food Sensitivities or Intolerance
These are some of the causes, but the situation could be complicated by the interaction between various factors (some listed here):
- Diet and Nutrition, such as overexposure to food chemicals and preservatives
- Genetic predisposition
- Environmental factors
- Prolonged stress
- Intense emotional reactions or prolonged emotional distress, i.e. intense grief, anxiety, etc.
- Absence of certain digestive enzymes (a well known problem for people who cannot digest dairy products)
- Overactive immune system
- and many more
Determining whether you suffer from food sensitivities
It is quite hard to identify whether you have food sensitivities yourself, although there are ways to achieve this, which I will get into in a moment.
The difficulty in diagnosis has to do with how your body processes food and nutrients and how long it takes for substances to make its way through the digestive track.
As an example: Should you eat bread which contains wheat, gluten, sugar, salt, yeast and preservatives, you could be sensitive to one of the ingredients or a combination thereof. Your digestion, starting at the mouth, involves many different organs and digestive enzymes. You may feel fine after eating bread but as long as 72 hours later, you could feel bloated.
Should you eat bread daily, you may feel bloated all the time. Now, you could only be reacting to the gluten, as an example, but it would be unlikely that you will be able to identify that, unless you exclude all food products that contain gluten from you diet.
To complicate the matter, what if it is the combination of gluten and yeast that is causing the problem?
As a further complication, consider this list of substances that represent gluten and that may be "hidden" in many products:
- Yeast extract
- Fermented Grain Extract
- Modified Food Starch
- HydrolizedVegetable Protein
- Dextrin, Cyclodextrin and Maltodextrin
- Soy protein
- Vegetable protein
- Amino peptide complex
- Phytosphingosine extract
Other ways to determine if you are reacting to a food substances:
- Blood tests
- Rotation diet
- Exclusion diet
- Combining the rotation or exclusion diet with a food diary and tracking all the substances you consume
A quicker and more immediate tool is kinesiology, which is the method I use.
What use is this to me if I cannot eliminate the problem?
And this is where it gets interesting. Your food sensitivities (and even allergies) can be eliminated.
What I can help you to achieve:
- Eliminate food (or other) sensitivities, putting you on the road to
- Improve your digestive health
- Increase absorption of nutrients
- And especially important, increase the level of physical energy you have at your disposal
- Shifting your focus from:
- “What is wrong with me” to
- “What is right for me” – when it comes to the food you eat and what you expose yourself to in a physical sense.
If you want to be able to have the energy you need to live life to the fullest, eat the healthy food that your body needs, go wherever you want to, socialize in a normal fashion and generally, feel good about your body, your experiences and your life, then you may need to consider a totally different approach to the situation.
How do I know this?
I, for instance, suffered from severe allergies some years ago (I experienced many of the symptoms listed above, including severe hives, constant fatigue and pain in all my joints) and the only way my symptoms could be brought under control were through the use of steroids. This resulted in more health problems, affecting my digestion and bone health.
I am still grateful today that I discovered an alternative method; else I would not have been able to reverse the side effects of the medication. I recognize the value of medication although glad that I do not need to take it anymore – it provided enough relief to allow me the time and energy to extensively research a variety of alternative solutions, eventually discovering the NAET energy treatment which allowed my health to be restored.
Furthermore, I have helped many clients to eliminate their allergies and food sensitivities, even working with children to treat those substances that are contributing to ADD.
You can see my credentials with the NAET Institute here.
How this Alternative Method Works
The treatment is called NAET – the full name being Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique. You can read more about Dr Nambudripad and her journey here. This website contains extensive information on the NAET treatment process, research, as well as books on the subject.
NAET involves energy balancing through the use of kinesiology and acupressure to “desensitize” your body so that it no longer reacts to substances that are in effect harmless.
Reactions to various substances can lead to more serious illnesses as the body and immune system weaken, and as weaker organs are then affected.
The value of the NAET process is that it allows your body to re-balance and therefore to become stronger and healthier and better able to defend itself and stay healthy.
NAET treatment involves working with the energy flow of the body allowing energy to be balanced and blockages to be removed from the energy pathways.
It is important to note that NAET is not a medical process, does not involve diagnosis or medication and it is not a cure for diseases. It does not replace proper medical care. It is a method that allows your energy to be balanced so that the body no longer resists and fights off harmless substances, which could indeed be healthy substances!
These could include products as varied as fruit, vegetables, wheat, gluten, dairy, caffeine, animal dander, dust, pollen, grass, perfume, cosmetics, vitamin supplements, medication, paper, ink, plastic, leather, metals, cold and heat, to name but a few.
Some people may need two or three sessions to be free of their allergies or sensitivities while it could take many more sessions for those who react to many different substances, and thus, likely experience a number of uncomfortable symptoms.
Freedom of Choice to Enjoy Life to its Fullest
If you are no longer free to make choices regarding the food you eat, the clothes you wear, or the company you keep, you can be assisted.
This natural energy healing process provides a way you to exercise healthy choices and to take control of your situation, to see the relationship between mind and body and to change your approach to health and even to make lifestyles changes of your choosing.
Thus, it remains important to have a healthy lifestyle and treat your body well, so that it will allow you to live your life to the fullest.