How Food Intolerances Affect the Body
Food intolerances are seen as stress to your body and trigger your immune system, which prevents proper absorption of nutrients, increases body inflammation. They can ultimately cause damage to the digestive tract, not to mention cause brain fog, weight gain, heartburn, or rashes!
This cycle can also result in intestinal dysbiosis – an imbalance in the gut bacteria, which leads to additional inflammation, gut motility issues, and changes in gut permeability. The result? Chronic symptoms which can affect multiple systems of the brain and body. In fact, food intolerances are often liked to autoimmune conditions, digestive issues like IBS, and skin disorders like eczema.
Because of the chronic inflammation food intolerances cause, people may develop more and more food intolerances. This is because the digestive tract becomes inflamed, and the integrity of the lining of the intestines becomes compromised. In other words, the gut can become “leaky.” Once the gut lining is damaged, the enzymes that breakdown food which are located in the intestinal wall (AKA brush-border enzymes) cannot function. Also, larger than normal food molecules can enter the bloodstream where they alarm the immune system. The outcome? Your symptoms get worse, and more foods trigger you!