Food intolerance or sensitivity towards certain food has given a reason for people to analyze their eating habits and to see which food suits their body better. It is believed that food sensitivity causes fluid retention and added fluid leads to weight gain.
Food intolerance is a digestive system response rather than an immune system response. Something in a food irritates the digestive system or the system is unable to properly digest or breakdown the food. The amount of food necessary to trigger symptoms of intolerance also varies among individuals.
Food intolerance is a kind of food allergy based on the diet. The body mistakes an ingredient in food as harmful and mounts a defense against it in the form of antibodies. Allergy symptoms develop as the antibodies battle the invading food. Common food allergies include peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, milk, eggs, soy, and wheat, affecting as many as 8% of children and 4% of adults.
Symptoms of food intolerance can also range from mild to severe, and may include:
- Weight gain from fluid retention
- Stomach pain
- Gas, cramps, or bloating
- Heartburn and reflux
- Irritability or nervousness
Food intolerance may result from a lack of the specific enzymes required to properly digest certain proteins, as in lactose intolerance. Intolerance in some individuals may also be a reaction to other chemical ingredients in food, such as additives to provide color, enhance taste, or protect against bacteria. Salicylates, a group of chemicals found naturally in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and juices, may be a source of intolerance, triggering symptoms in individuals who are also sensitive to aspirin.
It would be good to ask a question, could a food allergy be making it difficult for you to lose weight? A good clue would be whether you crave a particular food that you eat frequently. Once a food allergy exists the food becomes mildly addictive and you can feel compelled to eat it. If you are allergic to a food, your body can react by storing it away instead of using it for energy. If you eat a lot of foods to which you are allergic, there will undoubtedly be weight gain.
But food intolerance can contribute to weight gain. During this time one can definitely opt for an elimination diet like avoiding the culprit food completely for a span of two weeks to one month. After that, the changes can be monitored and then the food can be reintroduced in the diet chart
There are many types of food tolerance tests, which could help to identify the cause. These tests are also defined as essential biochemical analysis which has been done for many years in various research centers across the globe and the success ratio was also on the higher side.
Nowadays most people seem to be using food allergies and intolerance as an excuse for weight gain. Researchers however hold the belief that only a fraction of these actually have any sort of intolerant reaction to food types. Fewer than even 2% actually holds such type of food intolerance where the majorities are just misled and to them it is also the trendiest thing to boast of.
The primary treatment for food allergies or food intolerance is avoidance of the foods, or the ingredients in foods, identified as allergens or as triggers of other adverse digestive reactions. If a person can identify its food intolerance properly, some of the benefits reported are:
- Symptoms disappear
- Overall better health and motivation
- Better skin, nails and hair
- Stronger resistance to infection like colds and 'flu
- Increased energy - (no more chronic tiredness)
- Greater awareness of body signals
- Weight loss (our membership evidence suggests 5 to 9 kg on average)
It is important to note that ANY food consumed in excessive quantities may cause digestive symptoms indistinguishable from intolerance. That is why eating the right food in the right quantity helps you to tone your body and also help your body to be resilient from the various symptoms related to food intolerance and weight gain.