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7 Ways To Reduce

Food Sensitivities
byDR. JOCKERS
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or even just feel a little less like yourself after your meals. Food sensitivities are one of the first factors I address with my patients. A food sensitivity is a low-grade reaction to certain types of foods that causes an inflammatory reaction within your body. opening the doors to many health problems. so in this article I am going to break down 7 ways to reduce food sensitivities in your own body. . you may have a food sensitivity.7 Ways To Reduce Food Sensitivities If you feel like you have all of a sudden developed an allergy to certain types of foods. Over time these foods can damage your gut and dysregulate your immune system.

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We all know someone who has an allergy to peanuts or dairy for example. it can eventually develop into an outright allergy due to leaky gut and possibly even auto- immunity. A food sensitivity however is an inflammatory reaction that can occur on a systemic level over time without you knowing it.The Damaging Impact of Food Sensitivities You may be familiar to the idea of a food allergy. Left unaddressed. This is when someone has an outright and obvious negative reaction to a certain food. . One of the most important things we can do is improve our digestive health to reduce food sensitivities.

the more you begin to experience symptoms. the longer you have been consuming a food you are sensitive to. Common symptoms of food sensitivities include: Moodiness Brain Fog Food Cravings Headaches Fatigue Heart Burn Joint Pain Gas/Bloating Acne or Eczema Autoimmunity If you are experiencing any of these symptoms on a regular basis. Typically. you will likely want to take steps to remove common reactive foods and strengthen your body’s resilience against sensitivities.Common Symptoms Of Food Sensitivities A food sensitivity is a low-grade inflammatory reaction to a food. .

Allergy Vs Sensitivity There are currently three main explanations for the negative reactions that occur in the body from specific foods. or IgG-mediated. non-IgE. . The “Ig” in these abbreviations stand for “Immunoglobulin”. These reactions are classified as IgE.

The steps in this article are meant to help prevent this progression and strengthen your body’s defenses against these unwanted reactions to foods and reduce food sensitivities.Immunoglobulins are important regulatory proteins in the immune system that regulate inflammatory reactions to strategically focus the immune system on specific targets such as viruses and foreign bacteria. . In a classic allergic reaction where consuming a certain food. Non-IgE mediated reactions are thought to be largely influenced by the makeup of your gut bacteria ( 1). Finally. Continued exposure to foods that elicit an IgG-mediated reaction can are now thought to cause systemic problems in the body over time and oftentimes develop into full-blown allergies if not addressed. and potentially diarrhea. can lead to a life-threatening reaction. gas/bloating. Non-IgE-mediated reactions are typically isolated to the gut and result in damage to the GI tract. there are IgG-mediated reactions which are thought to be the primary culprit in food sensitivity development. such as peanuts. you are looking at an IgE-mediated process.

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Get Rid of Inflammatory Foods The first step to reduce food sensitivities is to remove common inflammatory foods from the diet. If you want to take it a step further. I recommend following an elimination diet program. By removing common reactive foods for a period of time. . How reactive you are to certain foods is heavily determined by the health of your gut. Some of the most common food sensitivities include:  Wheat (and most other grains)  Soy (and most other beans/legumes)  Eggs & Dairy  Fish (especially shellfish)  Peanuts  Conventionally Raised Meats  Corn You will definitely want to make sure you at least remove the foods listed above from your diet. you lessen the burden on your gut and allow it time to heal.

is to reintroduce these foods one at a time to identify which ones you are specifically reactive to. The next step. your body will produce a stress response to it when you consume it. By reintroducing foods back into your diet and performing a pulse test. however. If you have a sensitivity to a food.Follow An Elimination Diet An elimination diet follows the initial principle outlined above by removing common reactive foods from the diet for a period of time. you can identify your unique food sensitivities for free! Check out my video below on how to perform a pulse test on yourself. This will activate your sympathetic nervous system and drive your heart rate up. Strengthen Stomach Acid Production .

One of the big reasons you can get a reaction to a food is that you have a damaged. you will want to support your own intrinsic formation of stomach acid by following the steps illustrated below. leaky gut. The result is continued damage. . you may find it advantageous to use a stomach acid support supplement. the relationship between stomach acid and food sensitivities is actually a downward spiral. Those larger molecules become stored in your immune system’s memory and every time you eat that food in the future you have an inflammatory response and this is oftentimes how someone can develop new food allergies (2). Once there. When you have leaky gut. Unfortunately. assisting it in rebuilding. and continued release of undigested food particles into the blood stream. In addition to following the steps already mentioned. This will help you fully digest your food while relieving stress from the digestive tract. the immune system treats them as foreign invaders.If you want to strengthen your resilience against food sensitivities. undigested food particles get into your system. inhibited digestive processes. you need to support your stomach acid. This is because inflammatory foods inhibit stomach acid production over time and low stomach acid inhibits your ability to fully break down those same foods. Meanwhile.

Consider Digestive Enzymes .

Enzymes are also great for ongoing digestive support for everyday wellness and they are something I even use on a daily basis for the benefits outlined below. Improve Immune Tolerance The damage that occurs in the gut over time due to inflammatory foods eventually leads to leaky gut. this allows large food molecules into the bloodstream that distract the immune system from real pathogenic threats. SuperDZyme is my personally developed enzymatic complex that I use for this purpose. With this in mind. as well as many other systems in the body rely on enzymes to carry out normal functions. your immune. one of the best ways to increase . supplementing with a high quality digestive enzyme complex can be especially helpful in breaking down a variety of foods. Getting a broad range of enzymes into your body on a daily basis will help aid in rebalancing these processes. As I mentioned earlier. a lot of healing the gut has to do with removing as many stressors as possible. For gut support. Additionally.If you haven’t noticed so far. On top of supporting stomach acid production. I would recommend consuming 2-4 capsules with each solid-food meal. Consequently. detoxification. This means a lot of the inflammation caused by food sensitivities is actually due to unwarranted immune reactions. one of the common symptoms of low enzyme production is an increase in food sensitivities. Removing reactive foods and taking steps to support proper digestion are critical here.

I recommend Gut Defense. colostrum is powerful immune support for the gut. It contains important immunoglobulins that act to balance gut flora.your resilience against food sensitivities is to take steps to strengthen and coordinate your immune system. For a concentrated source of gut healing immunoglobulins. The top nutrients I have found for this purpose include: Quercetin. Gut Healing Support Supplements You can purchase these ingredients individually. Colostrum is a compound found in high concentrations in mother’s milk of most mammals. I have formulated a gut healing protein blend containing all of these nutrients that is specifically designed for restoring gut health and improving detoxification systems in the body that also serves as a powerful source of nutrition. Curcumin. Ginger. Zinc Glycinate. As an additional strategy. L-Glutamine. . and aid in healing the gut lining. reduce GI inflammation. and Pea Protein. however.

onions. My recommended strategy for this is to utilize gentle anti-microbial compounds on a daily basis to rebalance and maintain the microbiome of your GI tract. Italian herbs (oregano. fermented foods. This formula is a gentle and simple way to help rebalance your gut flora on a daily basis and reduce food sensitivities. This includes things like: garlic. . When pathogens are present in the gut. Alternatively. you could supplement with an anti-microbial supplement such as GI Regulator on a regular basis.Take Gentle Anti-Microbials If you have unbalanced gut flora or have harmful pathogens in your gut. rosemary). it is going to be difficult to reduce food sensitivities. Essential oils such as oregano can also be very powerful for this. lemon & lime juices. thyme. and apple cider vinegar. you will have continued inflammation and distraction of the immune system.

At the same time. 6). and L. processed foods. This makes sense as the microbes in your gut interact with every bite of food that you eat. Things like antibiotic use. probiotics have been shown to help restore the integrity of the gut lining which is also an important step for reducing sensitivity (7).Take Specific Probiotics There has been some interesting research showing that the microbiome of your gut can either potentiate or protect you from experiencing food sensitivities ( 3. spending too much time in a sterilized environment. 4). . acidophilus have all shown to play some role in reducing food sensitivities and restoring a healthy microbial environment in the gut (5. Bacillus coagulans. I will typically have people do 3 month periods on each of them and continue to rotate them so they get the microbial diversity needed for an optimal microbiome to reduce food sensitivities. and even being formula fed as a child can all alter the microbiome in a way that increases your likelihood of suffering from food allergies. exposure to damaging chemicals. Saccharomyces boulardii. The presence of specific strains of bacteria in the gut such as: Lactobacilli. Our SBO probiotic is a great source of these sensitivity-reducing probiotic strains as is the probiocharge probiotics.

If you have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). these are just compounds that occur in specific types of foods. it would be a good idea consume anti-microbials. you will likely react negatively to FODMAP foods. I would recommend eliminating FODMAP foods for a short amount of time to help restore balance in the small intestine. While this sounds complicated. If you are someone with an imbalance in your gut bacteria. Di. Take a look at the chart below. These things help the body to heal and reduce food sensitivities. L-glutamine and nourishing foods like bone broth.and Monosaccharides and Polyols.Bonus Strategies Reduce FODMAP Sensitivities FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo. . If you notice that after consuming any of the following foods that you consistently get diarrhea and flatulence. especially in the small intestine. During this time. it may be advantageous for you to remove FODMAPs from your diet.

. elevated histamine or improper histamine metabolism can lead to exaggerated reactions to different environmental factors. Histamine is an important inflammatory molecule that plays a role in regulating immunity. In some individuals however. such as food compounds.Reduce Histamine Sensitivities Allergies can often be potentiated or caused by elevated histamine in the body.

They are often very reactive to things like fermented foods and some even report being allergic to the sun! In this case. The most efficient and targeted strategy is to . it is very important to reduce your exposure to histamine-raising foods while also taking steps to improve your metabolism of histamines. Many of the steps outlined in this article will help improve your histamine response and reduce food sensitivities. Complete Digestive Health Analysis While following an food elimination diet along with strategies in this article is a great way to reduce food sensitivities. You can read more about histamine intolerance here.These people will usually know whether or not they are histamine intolerant.

use functional lab testing to quickly identify your sensitivities and current health of your gut. an Organic Acid testto look for nutrient deficiencies and microbial biomarkers and a stool test to look at the makeup of the microbiome. and pinpoint your specific food sensitivities. If you are feeling severely inhibited by your digestive health. . With this information. We use the Food Sensitivity IgG test to look at specific food sensitivities. which is one of the best ways to quickly identify the health of your microbiome. we can develop a personal plan specifically aimed at the results we see on your lab work. We combine all 3 of these labs in our Digestive Health Analysis. signs of a damaged gut. this would be a great package to get in order to find the root cause of your problems and get a well-designed plan to reduce food sensitivities.

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