This is a must-read for those with food intolerances & seasonal allergies
Did you start by removing gluten from your diet? And next maybe dairy or soy? Have you slowly discovered more and more intolerances? Maybe you even feel that you would rather just not eat ANYTHING because it seems that you react to EVERYTHING?
If this sounds like you, take a look at the following excerpt from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s GAPS Introduction Diet:
“The reason for allergies and food intolerances is so-called “leaky gut” when the gut lining is damaged by abnormal micro flora. Foods do not get the chance to be digested properly before they get absorbed through this damaged wall and cause the immune system to react to them. Many people try to identify which foods they react to. However, with damaged gut wall they are likely to absorb most of their foods partially digested, which may cause an immediate reaction or a delayed reaction (a day, a few days or even a couple of weeks later). As these reactions overlap with each other, you can never be sure what exactly you are reacting to on any given day. Testing for food allergies is notoriously unreliable: if one had enough resources to test twice a day for two weeks, they would find that they are “allergic” to everything they eat. As long as the gut wall is damaged and stays damaged, you can be juggling your diet forever removing different foods and never get anywhere.”
via INTRODUCTION DIET.
Rather than slowly eliminating foods one by one, I wish I had begun a gut-healing protocol such as the GAPS introduction diet presented by Dr. Campbell-McBrideI when I first noticed signs of intestinal distress. I certainly would have added homemade bone broth as a dietary staple.