Do you experience gas and bloating after you eat?
Do you experience an upset stomach after certain foods?
If so, does it happen after everything you eat or just when you eat certain foods?
Digestive issues are a common problem and can stem from a few different conditions.
A good starting point to get to the root of your digestive problems is to keep a food diary.
Get a little notebook and write down the time, date and what you ate.
Whenever you experience gas, bloating or upset stomach of some sort, write down your symptoms with date and time. You will soon start seeing a pattern if it is certain foods causing a problem or all foods. This information will be very helpful for your doctor as digestive issues can be due to food allergies, Gluten intolerance, too little Hydrochloric acid in your stomach, pancreatic issues causing a shortage in enzymes or a sluggish gallbladder as well as intestinal inflammation and other problems. By helping identifying when you experience symptoms you will have a head start when seeing your doctor.
You have probably heard of the term Leaky gut, it pretty much is exactly what it sounds like! Think of it this way: Your intestines have a nice screen like mesh where only digested food particles can pass through to be absorbed, but when you have a leaky gut there are holes in your mesh letting larger protein chains, carbohydrates, fats and toxins pass through to your blood stream. This cycle will then weaken your immune system and cause inflammation. The toxins then circulate in your blood and end up in the liver, your detox organ, causing your liver to be overburdened. The toxins then continue to circulate around your body and may deposit themselves in your joints causing joint pain, or your brain causing you a foggy brain. As you can see, gut health is important not only to assimilate nutrients, but to keep your whole body healthy!
But what can I eat then, you may ask. Many times if you eat the way they ate 100 years ago you will be better off. I usually tell my patients that if it comes in a box, don’t eat it! Most people do much better when they cut out the junk food and focus on eating meat, fish, foul, vegetables and fruit and omit the pre-packaged foods. Omitting prepackaged foods and focusing on fresh foods, will also make it easier for you to determine if you have a food allergy to a particular food.
Remember, keep a food diary to help you identify what is causing your symptoms.
Many people experience allergies, it may be food allergies, pollen allergies or environmental allergies. When you experience an allergy symptom which often consists of runny or watery eyes and nose, sneezing, asthma or intestinal complaints, your body is experiencing a malfunctioning of your immune system where your body is attacking the allergen thinking it’s a foreign and dangerous invader. When your body reacts to an allergen it activates your mast cells which then release histamine and causes you to have a reaction. This cycle creates an inflammatory response causing you to experience leaky blood vessels and swelling of mucus membranes. This is why you take anti-histamines when you experience a reaction.
IgE is an antibody, a protein, that you body will make when it mistakenly has identified one of your allergens as a harmful invader. You will make one IgE for each specific allergy, i.e. one IgE for a dog, one IgE for peanuts etc so your body knows to attack with these antibodies each time you are exposed to an allergen. The result of this process is that a person with allergies will have an increased amount of IgE to allergic substances. You can have a blood test done to help determine what you are allergic to.
Many times you can reduce your allergy symptoms by learning to identify what you are allergic to and then try to avoid your allergens. For example, are you only experiencing symptoms around your house? Maybe there is a specific tree or bush growing next to your house that is causing your allergies? Maybe you only experience symptoms when eating certain foods? Maybe you only experience symptoms after using cleaning products in your house? Keep a list of when and where you experience symptoms as this can many times help you identify your allergens.
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