IBS AND FOOD INTOLERANCE

We are all familiar with stories of severe allergic reactions where a person reacts violently to one food and has to avoid it for life; we hear people say: ‘I dare not eat fish/strawberries/peanuts/eggs because my mouth swells up, my eyes itch and I have trouble breathing.’ This condition is widely recognized by the medical profession and it is accepted that prompt medical intervention is often necessary. The condition that is less well known and accepted medically is that of food intolerance.
What Happens in Food Intolerance?
The toxic colon and Candida have already been discussed. Because of these and other conditions including damage from drugs and pollution, it seems our digestive systems are becoming less efficient. Because of this, larger molecules of undigested food are allowed to pass into the bloodstream. The immune system attacks them because they are unfamiliar and the result can be trouble in any part of the body. The symptoms are not dramatic and easily recognized, as in food allergy, but there can be a confusion of odd symptoms which may mimic numerous other conditions such as asthma or arthritis. After years of this problem the sufferer can have severe weight loss and be completely exhausted. Milder symptoms include:
• bloating
• flushing
• palpitations
• headache
• anxiety or depression after eating the offending foods.
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IBS AND FOOD INTOLERANCEWe are all familiar with stories of severe allergic reactions where a person reacts violently to one food and has to avoid it for life; we hear people say: ‘I dare not eat fish/strawberries/peanuts/eggs because my mouth swells up, my eyes itch and I have trouble breathing.’ This condition is widely recognized by the medical profession and it is accepted that prompt medical intervention is often necessary. The condition that is less well known and accepted medically is that of food intolerance.What Happens in Food Intolerance?The toxic colon and Candida have already been discussed. Because of these and other conditions including damage from drugs and pollution, it seems our digestive systems are becoming less efficient. Because of this, larger molecules of undigested food are allowed to pass into the bloodstream. The immune system attacks them because they are unfamiliar and the result can be trouble in any part of the body. The symptoms are not dramatic and easily recognized, as in food allergy, but there can be a confusion of odd symptoms which may mimic numerous other conditions such as asthma or arthritis. After years of this problem the sufferer can have severe weight loss and be completely exhausted. Milder symptoms include:• bloating• flushing• palpitations• headache• anxiety or depression after eating the offending foods.*80\326\8*

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