From full blown acute food sensitivities to a common food like peanuts to non celiac gluten sensitivities, there are amazing functional medicine tests to help us discover what may be causing your symptoms. We can also address healing the gut and using methods to decrease your reaction to some of your allergens.
Normally, only nutrients from fully digested foods such as vitamins, minerals, emulsified fats, amino acids and simple sugars are able to cross the intestinal barrier that separates our blood stream from our gut. But when the gut becomes leaky, undigested food particles, bacteria and toxins are able to make it through the gut lining and they enter the circulation, going to places in the body where they don’t belong. It’s like opening the front door of the house and allowing burglars to enter. The body’s defense system fights back and it’s during this fight that uncomfortable symptoms are experienced. Leaky gut is something many people have but aren’t aware they have it. It’s silent. Leaky gut occurs when there is damage to the lining of the intestinal tract making it more permeable to substances that should not cross the delicate lining.
There are several causes of leaky gut and one or more of these causes may be at work simultaneously. For example, damage from an autoimmune reaction, prolonged use of antibiotics, steroids, anti-inflammatory medications like Advil, Proton pump inhibitors and birth control. It is important to first identify what foods are causing issues and then instead of just taking those foods out for ever I believe in healing the gut so that those foods can once again be reintroduced into one’s life.