What you need to know:
- When the digestion is faulty and food isn’t broken down sufficiently, the body reacts to undigested food as if these food particles were an infection entering your system.
- Most people don’t even notice what the offending foods are since their reactions are delayed and not severe.
Imagine your entire body itching, all the way from the soles of your feet to the top of your head. You even wake up scratching, so much that your palms and soles are now black (yes, really). You’ve tried various steroid creams and anti-histamine, but over the course of the last year it appears that the medication no longer has the same effect it used to. This is the situation that poor Lydia found herself in when she first came to see me.
As I took her history, I discovered that she had never suffered from skin conditions like eczema before, nor did they run in the family. What was interesting, however, were the “bumps” on her scalp, her recent bad breath and her allergies to carrot and cumin (she had taken an allergy test to try and get to the bottom of her problem).
While the “bumps” told me that her skin was having trouble eliminating the toxins in her body, the bad breath and the allergies indicated these toxins most likely originated in the digestive tract.
When the digestion is faulty and food isn’t broken down sufficiently, the body reacts to undigested food as if these food particles were an infection entering your system. The resulting symptoms are the ones normally associated with an intolerance – everything from irritable bowel syndrome type symptoms (bloating, cramping, constipation and/or diarrhoea) to skin complaints, headaches as well as joint and muscular problems. This is known as leaky gut syndrome.
People are often sensitive to foods that they eat most frequently, with wheat, gluten grains, milk, yeast, eggs, nuts, beans, white fish and shellfish being the most common allergens. But, as the gut becomes more “leaky”, secondary food allergies can occur for everything from tropical fruit to peanuts.
While Lydia knew it was the carrots and the cumin, most people don’t even notice what the offending foods are since their reactions are delayed and not severe. In Lydia’s case, even though she’d cut out the foods she was supposed to be allergic too, she still suffered symptoms, indicating that her gut was so leaky that almost anything was enough to trigger her itching.
So what supplements did I prescribe? Poor Lydia had to take quite a few including anti-inflammatories, high-dose probiotics, and gut-healing nutrients such as glutamine and zinc. The good news was that within just a few weeks, she needed her allopathic anti-histamine much less and after a couple of months, it was gone altogether.