When Food You're keen on Doesn't Like You

Rally's Food Review

Before my doctoral program - which required me to narrow down to a specialty (sugar addiction) - I needed studied food intolerances.

Many books about them start with food reactions, then move into chemicals in our homes and offices, gasoline fumes, plus more. Important as those things are, they are not about nutrition.

My fascination with food intolerances has always been their link to addiction.

Recently, I "attended" a webinar by J.J. Virgin, whose first book (I really believe) was on food intolerances and how to eliminate those foods to further improve health and lose weight. The webinar re-sparked my fascination with food intolerance and addiction.

Common triggers for food intolerance include chocolate, corn, soy, wheat (and other gluten-containing foods), peanuts, dairy, eggs, sugars as well as other sweeteners.

What Does Food Intolerance Look Like?

Signs and symptoms can include headache/migraine, joint problems, fatigue, sleepiness, shivers, depression, irritability, stomach pains, bloating, and many more.

Because digested food moves from the bloodstream, the effects of your intolerance can show up virtually anywhere in the body.

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Food reactions could be the same every time your meals are eaten, such as a rash.

Or the reactions might vary - say, a non-itchy rash one time and itching without any rash another time.

The response might be cumulative. What about a small portion of the food causes no reaction, however a portion eaten again that day, or several days uninterruptedly, does causes one.

Addiction is another possible reaction that may develop over time.

What Causes Food Intolerances?

The causes are numerous, but let's keep it simplistic.

One cause can be a genetic intolerance or a tendency toward it.

We are able to become intolerant with a food we eat often or even in large quantities. Overeating a food uses up enzymes specific to digesting that food, so complete digestion is prevented.

That can lead to improperly digested food particles moving with the digestive tract and bloodstream, triggering an immune reaction. The undigested, unabsorbed food provides no nutrients.

We are able to also become reactive into a food we eat in addition to another triggering food. So the list of triggering foods may grow, resulting eventually in malnutrition.

Food Reactions May Change With time

The guiding principle in the human body is homeostasis.

When a trigger food is first eaten, your body attempts to restore homeostasis by ridding itself with the offending food. It prevents absorption by attaching antibodies towards the partially digested food while it's within the intestine. That might successfully get rid of the food before it can pass into the bloodstream.

When the food does type in the bloodstream, it can trigger inflammation. The acute reaction might be short, and the body may come back to homeostasis quickly.

If someone is constantly eat a triggering food over time, the body undergoes an adaptation. The defense mechanisms may become slower (or less able) to respond. The response may now manifest less quickly than the acute reaction. Signs and symptoms may last longer, sometimes hours or days.

How Can That Become a Food Addiction?

The immune response to a triggering food involves a relieve stress hormones, opioids, including endorphins (beta-endorphin), and chemical mediators like serotonin. The mixture can produce temporary symptom relief through the analgesic action of endorphin and serotonin, plus mood elevation plus a feeling of relaxation.

In that way, eating the triggering food could make someone feel better presently and even think cuisine is beneficial.

Endorphin release typically involves a concomitant release of dopamine. The combination of those two brain chemicals and serotonin forms what I've always known as the "addictive package." Avoiding the meals could lead to withdrawal.

After long-term use, someone may consume the triggering food not to experience the pleasure of the chemical "high," but to ease the distress and withdrawal without one. It's almost textbook addiction.

How can Intolerance/Addiction Affect Health?

As someone dependent on a triggering food is constantly on the eat more of it, the body's defence mechanism must keep adapting, and could become hyper-sensitized, reacting to increasingly more foods - particularly those eaten together with reaction-triggering foods, or with sugar.

The constant demand on the defense mechanisms can lead to immune exhaustion and degenerative reactions, determined by genetic weaknesses. The twelve signs and symptoms listed above are just a start.

Sugar is usually a major player within this because it causes inflammation by the body processes and makes it more susceptible to food reactions. Eating triggering foods plus sugar can make it even more likely that new reactions will occur.

Walking out to a book by Nancy Appleton, who suggested that eggs might trigger reactions in several people because they're often eaten at breakfast with orange juice. Cake is an additional example: sugar plus wheat, eggs, milk.

Because addictions continue, cravings occur, leading to increased consumption. As more and more foods trigger an immune response, the end result may be malnutrition, as explained above.

Stats state that rates of food intolerance are rising. My theory is it's at least aided by sugar in our diets - including sneaky sugars that are often viewed as healthful, for example agave, fruit, fruit juice, and sweeteners.

Stopping the Cycle

Definitely give up any foods you think may be causing any reactions - although you may love them. Think of foods you eat with those triggering foods often, and consider eliminating those, as well. Above all, avoid sugar.

Follow this course of action, as J.J. Virgin recommends, for 3 weeks.

In the meantime, you could have cravings. If so, use my proven, time-tested recommendation of a teaspoon of liquid B-complex (complete B-complex) to kill the craving within minutes.

Following the 3-week elimination, you ought to be feeling - and searching - much better.