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NUTRITION, FOOD INTOLERANCE

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Today’s lifestyle has led negative changes in dietary practices that contribute to poor nutrition thus the agony of eating. Nutrition is another arm of a behavioral health plan, because diet and nutrition effect how we look, feel, think and act.  what we give our bodies for fuel predicts how well our body can perform emotionally, physically and cognitively. The consequences of poor nutrition include; poor performance, low productivity, high rate of absenteeism, an increase in the number of hospital visits, economic drain into family resources, unhappiness within the family and community, economic drain to work organisations through training and recruiting, all this leads to gossiping and conflict in that those who frequent the hospitals may bother other staff members who have to consider a replacement too often.Eating the wrong food can cause stress to the digestive system when it tries to forcefully digest the food that cannot be absorbed through one’s system. Thousands suffer crippling stomach pains, sickness and skin disorders.there is increasing evidence that food sensitivities are more common and have a wider and more varied impact on our health than previously realised. Although often equated with food allergies, food sensitivities or intolerances which, unlike allergies, are toxic reactions to foods that do not involve the immune system and are often more difficult to diagnose. many of the symptoms of food sensitivities including vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, eczema, hives, skin rashes, wheezing and runny noses, are associated with an allergic reaction to specific foods. however, food sensitivities may also cause fatigue, gas, bloating, mood swings, nervousness, migraines and eating disorders. These symptoms which are more commonly related to food intolerance are less often associated with the consumption of food. Clinical research is accumulating evidence that the sensitivity to food can also increase the severity of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and other diseases normally not considered food related.

Food sensitivenessFood sensitivity is different from food allergy in that the reactions are often delayed, such that they may appear even two days after one has consumed the food while food allergy usually occur within minutes of exposure to the food and cause shock or hives. Symptoms of food sensitivities can even be delayed for up to three days. most people know that they have a food allergy because of the severity and immediacy of the reaction, but people with food sensitivities are often unaware of the cause of their discomfort.Food sensitivities are difficult to diagnose and involve complicated immunology because different parts of the immune system respond to them. Some of the most common symptoms of food sensitivities include dark or puffy circles under the eyes, a runny or stuffy nose, ear infections, swollen glands or tonsils, asthma, rashes, headaches, dizziness, muscle or joint soreness, mental “fog,” depression, anxiety, attention problems, insomnia, fatigue and all kinds of digestive problems including bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation.

How Food Sensitivities DevelopsThe digestive system takes in food, breaks it down, absorbs it and ultimately converts it into structural building blocks or energy. In order to do this, the body differentiates between unwanted material (such as toxins and pathogens), and desired, nutritious substances. when the body mistakenly identifies a food substance as unwanted, a food sensitivity develops. A range of factors increases the chances of developing food sensitivity. Some people inherit food sensitivities, while others may develop them as a result of stress or anything else that damages the digestive system, such as overuse of pain medications, acid blockers, antibiotics or steroids. Overeating may contribute as well. when the digestive system is impaired, foods pass through and remain only partially digested. if certain foods reach the bowel undigested or only partially digested, they can cause irritation which will trigger an inflammatory response. This irritation can cause a condition in which the intestine develops minute holes through which undigested proteins pass into the blood stream and cause a strong immune response. The immune system has a good memory, so the next time it detects the same undigested proteins in the bowel, it promptly labels them as unwanted and a swift attack upon them is ordered. Proper digestion, therefore, is very important in preventing and repairing food sensitivities.

Determining Food Sensitivities: The Elimination DietFood reactions can widely differ from person to person, so it is essential for us to become our own personal detectives, paying close attention to our bodies, following up on clues and taking the time necessary to determine what foods or substances are causing our symptoms. Anyone with chronic health problems can benefit from ruling out or eliminating reactions to food sensitivities. And most people can benefit in general from avoiding certain foods; the trick is to figure out which ones.

Follow an elimination diet:The elimination diet makes us detectives in order to gather the information necessary to determine if we have food sensitivities and identify the offending substances. A food sensitivity, or intolerance, is an exaggerated physiologic response to a substance contained in certain foods you eat. many times the culprit substance is a glycoprotein, but you could also be sensitive to certain food additives. The elimination diet is often used as a tool to discover the cause of chronic symptoms where food is suspect. Symptoms often include gastrointestinal, neurological, respiratory, or skin disorders. alongside gluten, the following foods may cause symptoms due to intolerance, sensitivity or allergy: dairy; fructose; yeast; nuts and chocolates.if you are both lactose intolerant and gluten sensitive, but you only eliminated gluten in your diet, your symptoms may improve over the course of your program, though they will not improve entirely. for this reason, an elimination diet is very restrictive and lasts for about 4 to 6 weeks. Foods most often eliminated during phase one of the diet include, but are not limited to: bread; biscuits; cakes; cereal (with a few exceptions); chocolate; citrus fruits; cookies; dried fruits; gravies; ice cream; noodles; pizza; processed foods; refined flours; soy; spicy food; sugar; sweets and yogurt Beverages to eliminate include: beer; coffee; milk; soy milk; tea; wine or spirits Food allowed in elimination diet include: rice puffs and oatmeal, fresh fruits except for citrus fruits; fresh vegetables can be eaten with the exception of peas, corn and potatoes; meat like turkey, veal, beef, pork, lamb, and fish; beverages like water, herbal tea, grape juice, apple juice, and pineapple juice.for snacks you can take potato chips, crackers, raisins (No additives are allowed).In the category of seasonings and sweeteners you can take   pure honey, homemade vinegar/oil dressings, sea salt, pepper, pure maple syrup and various herbs.

The second phase of the elimination dietOnce you have eliminated all possible offending foods and your body has had a chance to throw off the bad effects of the past, it is time to gradually add foods back into your diet; one food at a time and one day at a time. Your doctor or nutritionist will dictate when to add which foods. During this phase, you’ll be required to keep a food diary. Foods are re-introduced in amounts as small as a teaspoon or maybe ½ cup, and are gradually increased throughout the day. During this period you will be eating these test foods every few hours and you will be keeping track of your body’s response. if you experience a reaction, don’t introduce another food until all your symptoms have subsided. keep your food journal up-to-date because, as much as you think you’ll remember details, your written records will help your doctor highlight patterns you might otherwise not have noticed. if a food doesn’t raise symptoms chances are that particular food is not a problem.

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