Food Sensitivity, Allergy or Food Intolerance

How did you feel after breakfast this morning? How did you feel after breakfast yesterday or after lunch? The food that you eat will have a direct influence on how you feel. You may have felt alert or energetic or lethargic or bloated but, however, he felt will have been a result of the food you ate. It may well be that you have Food Sensitivity, Allergy or Food Intolerance.

Food affects the way we feel but it also affects how we function physically and emotionally. It determines how much concentration we have, it determines how happy we are or how bad tempered we are.

To maintain peak performance, it’s necessary to make sure that all the nutrients in our food get from our digestive system and into our bloodstream. That may be stating the obvious but it seems that for a growing number of people this doesn’t happen.

What is an allergy?

An allergy is merely an abnormal response to a normal substance. This can be food or it can be an external substance such as pollen or pet dander. When the substance you are allergic to enters your body your immune system has to react. It produces large quantities of sensitising antibodies which immediately attach themselves to cell membranes. This causes them to erupt and release a number of chemicals and toxins including histamine and leukotrienes. Not surprisingly this causes a great deal of havoc the nasal and sinus cavities block up, the vessels delete there may be sneezing, runny noses, watery eyes, a rash on the skin and muscle spasms. The severity and the type of response depend on the area of the body affected in severe cases it may be accompanied by diarrhoea or vomiting, migraine and restricted breathing.

What are Food allergies?

Food allergies are in fact extremely rare because exposure to the food you are allergic to can have serious and life-threatening consequences. Some of the worst allergies are peanuts or seafood in these cases even the tiniest amounts means that emergency medical treatment is required. Some food additives, strawberries and eggs can trigger some very nasty symptoms.

Large amounts of histamines are produced, very often the throat and tongue swelled up which makes it harder for the oxygen to get to the lungs which often results in chest pain. Blood vessels dilate and fluids are lost from your blood which causes an immediate fall in blood pressure. When the toxins hit the system they usually cause your breathing tubes to go into spasm which causes asthma -like suffocation. The body goes into immediate shock known as anaphylactic shock. It’s usually treated by an immediate shot of adrenaline which opens up the airways and allows the sufferer to breathe. In many cases, people have these allergies carry adrenaline with them at all times. Less threatening reactions to food allergies may be a migraine, asthma, a rash, or vomiting and diarrhoea.

Food intolerances

Food intolerances occur when someone has lost the ability to digest a particular food because of an enzyme deficiency one of the most common examples is lactic intolerance. This occurs when the sufferer does not produce the enzyme lactase which is needed to digest the natural sugar lactose in milk. The best treatment is usually to avoid the particular food product however sometimes when you do not know what you are eating you can have lactase tablets.

Food sensitivities

food sensitivities would appear to be on the increase. Although people say they are allergic to food it is more likely that they are suffering from a food sensitivity because reactions are linked primarily to the digested system. Modern research indicates that the immune system may also be involved even though the symptoms are nowhere near as severe as anaphylactic shock. There are a growing number of allergy specialists who think that weight loss, some forms of arthritis and loss of energy are linked to food sensitivities.

A growing number of allergy specialists think that food sensitivity is not an allergy but indigestion and if you eat food indigestible quantities you are not likely to get the reaction. If this theory is correct and there are a lot of people who think they have food sensitivities but they don’t.

It is unlikely that food sensitivity has only one trigger some of the possible triggers are listed below.

Restricted diet

an imbalance of good bacteria in your gut

insufficient digestive enzymes

an acid-alkali balance

leaky gut syndrome

low immunity

an inability to diagnosis protein fully

over exposure to potential allergens

too few vitamins and minerals

intestinal parasites

weaning too early.

It makes sense that if you have a restricted diet with very little variety then it is possible that you are not getting enough vitamins minerals and other route nutrients to help in the manufacture of enzymes and natural antihistamines. In many cases, too much dairy or wheat-based products can cause this.

Alkalising vegetables and fruit are very important for strengthening the immune system to resist allergens and there’s plenty of medical evidence to indicate that by increasing the amount of these foods will reduce adverse reactions to foods. Acid forming foods such as meat and alcohol are far more difficult for the body to do digest and this in itself increases the risk partially digested proteins going into the bloodstream, in general, improving digestion, healing a leaky gut and boosting immunity are three very important ways to relieve symptoms. Diabetics have enough to cope with without having to deal with food allergies as well. A properly nourished person with a strong immunity should be well able to deal with potential allergens, but if you have a very stressful life or you miss meals you’re not digesting proteins properly or not getting enough sleep then you are more likely to suffer from food intolerances and someone who takes care of themselves.

Tomorrow we will discuss and investigate how to find the answers to food allergies

Diabetic Dieting Principals

Diabetic dieting principles

Diabetic Dieting PrinciplesDiabetic dieting principles are not about doing without and starving they are about being aware of the type of foods you are putting in your mouth and, in fact, most people eat more rather than less. Many people benefit from a detox diet, unfortunately, the short term detox diet is harsh and very hard to follow. A healthy way of detoxing is to choose a 28 day plan. What most people don’t realise with a 28 day detox diet is the fact they often eat more than they did before.

Before deciding whether a detox diet is going to work for you, you need to be honest with yourself. If you’re not honest with yourself then you won’t know whether this diet will help you and you may embark on yet another diet that doomed to failure before you begin. The questions you need an honest answer to our these.

Do you feel tired all the time?

How many times have you dieting to lose weight but failed to keep it off long-term?

How many times have you looked at a magical slimming formula?

How many years is it since you got into your wedding suit or wedding dress?

Do you  weigh yourself every day and get depressed?

Do you ever weigh yourself?

Have you got an exercise bike languishing on your premises and unused?

How many times do you feel guilty when you eat? When you feel guilty about your food choices does that create another spiral of guilt eating?

Although the answers to these questions may be depressing thinking about them especially if you answer yes to most of them may inspire you to try something else.

It is a spiral bad eating habits. Any form of bad eating habits which are consistent is disastrous for everyone but especially for diabetics. Who was the last person you knew who consistently out too much salad. Now you’re getting to see what I mean loads of people me included having the past the whole package of donuts in one sitting! There will be a few of you reading this who will be saying “what only one?”

Many of you will know the feeling you get up in the morning determined to eat the right things. You know what they are, your diabetic nurse has driven them into you hundreds of times. Before you turn around you have a cup of coffee with cream and sugar in front of you. As you start to drink, after all it’s only one cup of coffee, you have put a couple of pieces of toast into the toaster. When they come out you mindlessly slather on a mountain of butter and some sugary toppings such as honey or jam. And of course, you can’t eat all of this without another cup of coffee. Before you finish breakfast you are already starting the day with a massive guilt complex.

Diabetic dieting principles

When you are at work mid-morning and you have the opportunity to eat a donut or a pastry or some other equally sweet concoction there is no incentive at all to stop doing it because you’ve already had a bad morning. This carries on throughout the day until eventually you fall into bed feeling that you are disgusting and weak.

What you are in reality is human! All of us have days like that. Even Leo who was the most discipline reformed diabetic I know has some days when he eats all day. However, he doesn’t tend to compound the problem by eating a massive amount of sugary things. Every morning he has a cooked breakfast which includes bacon or sausage, an  egg or maybe two if he’s hungry, he has either boiled mushrooms or grilled tomatoes with this and they cover half his plate he also has a piece of fish. Every morning he has half a piece of toast. This toast is always multigrain and wholemeal and he never has anything on it. He uses the tomatoes to lubricate the toast or he puts the scrambled eggs on the toast or the fried eggs.

As you can see, this isn’t great food for a detox diet it has to salt in either the bacon or the sausage and both are processed foods. The idea of a detox diet would be that you would avoid alcohol and processed foods for the whole month. It also means no caffeine and no dairy. Some people find in the first few days that they have a headache which is usually down to giving up caffeine cold turkey. That’s the downside the plus side is that most people lose about 3 kg or 5 pounds and never feel hungry.

The biggest difference though usually most people find they feel energised. I make sure I do a complete detox diet for two weeks every year. However, if I haven’t the time when I have been eating too much rich food or drinking a little too much then I just detox for a few days. Next week, for instance, looking at my diary I find that I have a dinner date with friends which will involve too much alcohol and probably a mountain of pasta (that is because it is the one food that Leo cannot eat even wholemeal pasta senses sugar levels through the roof, so I only eat it on high days and holidays when I’m out and he’s not there). I also have a business meeting in a posh hotel which will certainly mean a few treats and also I have dinner with my brother. Knowing that this is coming up this week I followed a detox diet for five days and next week I will have alternate days. The day before going out and enjoying myself I will detox and will be detoxing in between.

That will make a huge difference to my life! What it does mean is that I won’t feel guilty. I know I can eat and drink what I want to do in those three days because I have prepared for them beforehand. I won’t lose weight, but I won’t gain any either.


All About Detoxing

I used to think that I knew all about detoxing, it’s not hard is it you just eat lettuce leaves and starve.In fact, I could not have been further from the truth. I was very lucky a friend gave me her detox diet which she had followed for a month and still dropped a dress size even though she had fallen off the wagon a few times.When I looked at what she could eat I was amazed at the range of food that she could eat and also the quantities. I realised that there was no way you were going to be hungry on this detoxification diet. There was a downside for me I had to give up caffeine for a month and that was very hard, but I could have fruit smoothies which were wonderful and after a few days I stopped feeling deprived.

What is detoxing?

Anything harmful in your body is called a toxin. Your body can and will cope with toxins it’s what it is designed to do. However, sometimes the body is overloaded and it cannot flush out the poisons as fast as you are putting them in. When this happens your body reacts by feeling drained of energy your skin and hair become lacklustre and dry rather than growing, and you may bloating or gas.Detoxing is the process of giving your body a helping hand to get rid of the poisons.

What are toxins?

Can be naturally produced within the body, for instance, carbon dioxide enters the body within the air you breathe. They can enter the body as chemicals through your skin such as cleaning products. There are other pollutants such as cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, everyday household chemicals and detergents, toxic metals in the environment such as lead and also sometimes in the air and water. Added to this are the chemicals added to processed foods. If it any wonders that sometimes your body gets overloaded?

How does your body detoxify?.

Your body has many ways OF purifying your system, but the primary organs are the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and that gut.

The liver.

This is your body’s most efficient processing plant its primary function is to make safe all of the harmful substances in our bodies. Once the liver has done this it sends the toxins to the kidneys lungs skin and bowels to eliminate from the body. All of this is done by enzyme function and you have thousands of them. These enzymes don’t work properly without correct nutrients and these must be eaten or taken as supplements

Foods that help your liver work to optimum capacity

All the cruciferous vegetables are brilliant for your liver these include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli and cauliflower an ideal diet will include at least one of these foods every day. Garlic, onions and leeks all contain sulphur which help mop up the toxins. Tomatoes, peppers, blueberries and carrots, as well as lemons, are also great.

Supplements for the liver

milk thistle, artichoke extract, garlic capsules, dandelion and fennel seeds.

All about detoxing

The kidneys

when the body breaks down proteins from your blood sends them in the form of urea to your kidneys which will add it to urine so it’s expelled from your system. Believe it or not every hour the kidney uses 7 L or 12 pints of water another reason why drinking water helps the kidneys to work at their best.

Foods that help your kidneys work to optimum capacity

water, all fruits and vegetables as well as herbal teas and parsley tea.

Supplements to help your kidneys

dandelion, horsetail, goldenrod, cranberry and celery seeds.

The Gut

your intestinal  system processes the toxins itself, but it also helps to push indigestible foods such as soluble fibre which mops up some of the toxins and sends them to the bowel once in the bowel they attacked by good bacteria and eliminated from your body in your faeces.

Foods that help the gut

all fruit and vegetables are good for you but for the got all berries, prunes apples and dried fruit are brilliant as is broccoli, cabbage and carrots. Flaxseeds and linseeds are good as are beans and lentils. Oats are a superfood if you are not gluten intolerant if you then substitute barley.

Supplements that help the gut

fibre supplements include psyllium. Probiotic supplements encourage the growth of new friendly bacteria. Aloe Vera and chlorella are also good.

The skin

the skin plays a huge part in getting rid of toxins it uses both your sweat and skin oils in the form of seben  to get rid of dry skin cells.

Foods that helps the skin function

water, fruit and vegetables and flax seeds., Essential oils Such as flax oil, pumpkin seed oil, walnut oil or blended essential oils.

Supplements to help your skin function as the detoxifying organ.

Ginko Biloba, essential fatty acid supplement such as evening Primrose oil or flaxseed oil, antioxidant supplements and goldenseal root.

Lymphatic circulation

the limb system is the body’s ultimate drainage system because it deals with particles and waste products which are too large to enter the bloodstream pass directly to your lymph nodes to be processed from your cells. Once cleaned up they return to the bloodstream whether taken to the liver complete detoxification.

Food to assist your lymphatic system to work.

Water, Echinacea and sarsaparilla root.

There are no supplements that specifically assist the lymphatic system, but you can have a manual lymphatic drainage massage or dry skin brushing to improve lymphatic circulation. Also Epsom salts in the bath help.

The lungs

the lungs have to deal with all the waste toxic gases left after we have breathed in oxygen.

Foods that help your lungs.

All fruits and vegetables assist you longs to function especially blueberries, apples, blackberries, raspberries and onions.

Supplements to help you lungs


How does a detox diet work?

The ultimate aim of detox is to encourage your body to eliminate old toxins in your system.

Eating the right foods encourages your body’s natural detoxification process

eating organic food is helpful, but eating the right types of foods is more important.

Reducing emotional and physical stress your life

introducing supplements and herbs that support liver function and assist the body to detoxify.

beginning a gentle exercising program

Reducing addictive substance such as nicotine caffeine and alcohol. Cutting out foods and drink add to your toxic overloads such as processed sugar, saturated fats salty foods and chemical additives

do’s and don ts when detoxifying

don’t feel the need to do everything at once, introduced changes gradually. If you smoke and need to stop then deal with that one obstacle first. Cutting out caffeine and alcohol and all the other changes is just too much for your body to take at once and you are setting yourself up for failure. If you can only cope with one thing at a time only attempt to do one thing time.

Before starting any detox diet program you should consult a doctor especially if you have any allergies. If you are pregnant you need to take extra nutrition advice. It goes without saying that if you have any medical condition you should check your health professional before beginning any sort of diet

Digestive health is Important for diabetics.

leaking gut

Digestive health is important for diabetics because they need to be able to extract as many nutrients out of their food as possible because they can’t afford to eat that many wasted calories. Our digestive tract is the largest organ in the human body and it performs many functions which make about optimum health and these include food digestion, nutrient absorption and the removal of waste and toxins if our digested system isn’t functioning properly we will probably have a compromised immune system and a sluggish metabolic system.

If you got isn’t functioning well it’s pretty easy to do a couple of days of detox or a five day cleanse program. However, if you’re gut is not healthy you will not benefit from this. Whatever happens the first thing to achieve in digested health is a fully functioning gut.

Digestive health is Important for diabetics.

Leaky gut syndrome.

Conventional medicine does not always accept a leaky gut syndrome. Many patients have a horrible time with abdominal pains, cramps, bloating and constant acid reflux. Generally all the medical tests come back clear. If you can find a doctor who believes in leaky gut syndrome and is treated in the form of probiotics and other natural substances that got normally heals itself within 2 to 3 months.

What is leaky gut syndrome?.

We need to produce acid in our stomach to break down all our food. Not all food is as easy to digest for instance fruit and vegetables generally the stomach within an hour but pork can remain in the stomach for up to 36 hours. Processed food, fatty food fast foods, fizzy drinks alcohol and caffeine all require more stomach acids then easily digestible alkaline foods. When we produce more stomach acid to break these foods down the excess stomach acid has eroded the delicate lining of the gut. When this happens on digested food particles are not absorbed properly and not excreted correctly. They are actually absorbed into the body which thinks they are foreign particles so they are attacked with white blood cells to kill them and this further damages your intestinal tract. Eventually, this leads to pain bloating and heartburn as a physical symptom. A secondary think symptom is usually tiredness because you’re not absorbing all the nutrients from the food. Unfortunately, this is often accompanied by bloating and swelling and also weight gain.

The usual treatment for a leaky gut is dietary supplements.

Digested enzymes these are normally taken in capsule form with meals to help you digestive food by breaking down peptides, proteins, sugars, fats, lactose and carbohydrates.


This is a spice commonly used in Indian and Sri Lankan food it is very soothing and warming to the gut and help stabilise blood sugars. It is often added to desserts or curries. It comes in powdered form and also dried and rolled up cinnamon bark which looks like a small cigar.

Caprylic acid

This is a fatty acid which is very good at breaking down yeast and candida cells it is normally served with meals in capsule form


This helps support the mucous lining in the gut it helps it to repair.

L – glutamine

This assists small intestine health.

Natural papaya concentrate

papaya is a tropical fruit which  has a very potent enzyme that breaks down proteins so it is often used in Asian food to break down meats in a marinade. These enzymes support bowel function and they have a soothing effect on both the stomach and the digested tract.

Garlic capsules

Garlic capsules contain allicin a sulphur compound it helps to balance the gut.

What are probiotics?

the healthy gut has thousands of good bacteria which incredibly reduce a number of bacteria from our food by aiding the digestions and the absorption of nutrients when food and faecal matter works its way through the digestive system this process is called peristalsis. The probiotics protect the mucous membranes by stimulating the proteins in mucus that lubricate protect the inner delicate issue. By improving the balance of friendly bacteria in the genital areas, they reduce the chance of urinary or vaginal infections. In the bowels, these good bacteria produce essential vitamins B to build up the neurological system and help you feel energised.

Unfortunately, this good bacteria can be easily reduced as a result of stress, smoking, poor diet, alcohol consumption, surgery, medications and also hormonal changes. When this happens a probiotic supplement is very helpful. In fact, these probiotics are considered so helpful that medical research is trying to develop probiotics to prevent dental cavities sore throats and nasal infections.

Although probiotic supplements take many forms most people have heard of them being added to milk yoghurt or kefir products.

Probiotics can help with

colds and flu

because probiotics boost the immune system eating a large amount of natural probiotic foods generally means you have fewer colds and winter infections. The diabetics a daily multivitamin and a probiotic supplement has found to be very helpful in boosting overall health. Recent studies have shown that after taking probiotics for three months, even if you do get a cold the symptoms are very much milder than they would have been normally.

Allergies studies have shown that probiotics help asthma sufferers by reducing the inflammatory response in the intestine. Lower levels of healthy gut flora have been said to be the principal reason allergies are more common these days. Probiotics encourage the growth of new healthy bacteria. Unfortunately, this isn’t a quick fix it situation it often takes about four months for patients to get any real relief.

Bad breath

bad breath is generally caused by rotting teeth, poor digestion and unhealthy gums. The thousands of bacteria in the mouth is bad enough, but they can feed on the constant supply of food that follows it. It is estimated that only 2% of the population have high enough levels protected bacteria in their mouth. Adding live yoghurt to your diet reduces the risk of dental decay and the likelihood of mouth ulcers and other oral infections.


a lot of people feel tired after eating partly because they eat too much food or they are asking their body to digestive many different types of food. For instance eating bread at lunchtime can put a strain on the digested system while eating a salad is very energising. Probiotics help you absorb nutrients which help you feel more energised.

Probiotics also remove waste and toxins from the body these toxins if left in the body would starve cells of oxygen which in turn leads to pain and fatigue. Probiotics are cleansing and help eliminate wastes from the intestine which allows your body to extract more oxygen which in turn makes you feel more energised.

The Essential Basics of Nutritional Healing For Diabetics.

Nutritional Healing For Diabetics

Nutritional Healing For Diabetics.Sometimes the basics of Nutritional Healing For Diabetics  are overlooked in this highly technological age, yet we cannot get away from  the fact that what we put in out mouths has a direct impact on the way we feel, and if we do it for long enough our health. Granted it is too simplistic to say we are what we eat, but what we eat does contribute directly to how we are. If you doubt that statement go to the local park and have a look at five year olds after they have had a massive sugar hit. they are chasing around like the road runner on steroids.

When you cure your diabetes through diet and exercise or just diet then you have allowed your body to heal itself . In doing so you have forced your body to confront the cause of diabetes and not just the symptoms. A side effect of this is the fact that other additional health problems such as high cholesterol, heart disease and the risk of a stroke, all of these diminish in direct proportion. Your doctor should show you a graph where you can see this happening, it is quite something to watch.

As your body undergoes nutritional healing there are other changes happening that perhaps might not be so noticeable or spectacular but non the less indicate an improvement in your overall health. Opportunist infections are diminished as are some of the side effects or complications of diabetes. You overall skin tone improves, your eyes will be brighter and your concentration improves.

It is important to realise that holistic nutritional healing deals with the whole body, you can’t instruct your body to just heal a broken arm, and ignore the massive migraines.  Also everyone is an individual and it is important to realise that you have to listen to your body – there is no one solution fits all in health ever, whatever your medical advisors will tell you. Everyone’s body chemistry is absolutely unique unless of course they are an identical twin, in which case they share it with the twin, this arises from genetic factors and constitution and environment. However, nothing is written in stone. Just because you have a family history of a disease does not mean that you will inherit it even if your twin does.

Incredibly you can as an identical twin share the same genetic makeup and have an identical environment all your life and not have the same health. It is not entirely known why this is, but it can only be a belief system. It may be that one thinks okay it happened to every one of my family, they are all diabetics, but I am going to nourish my body and be well. If you think that chances are you will be right.

As Henry Ford once said

“Whether you think ou can or you can’t chances are you are right !”

Nutritional Healing For Diabetics

Although the treatment may well be different and you will have to listen to your own body and build up a sense of awareness of what is going on in your body, the factors that led you to be diabetic will have had several factors which are in common with most diabetics. No one is born with type 2 diabetes you develop it in the course of your life.

Modern nutritional therapists believe that  most states of ill health are brought about by four main factors, when they have not been caused by accident or trauma.

The Four Main Courses of Nutritional Ill Health

  1. Hypochlorhydria – Insufficient Stomach Acid
    Insufficient Stomach Acid causes more problems than an excess. The stomach needs an acid environment for several reasons. The primary reason is the fact that the stomach needs to be acidic to digest protein. Don’t forget that protein is one of the  building blocks we need  for health and if we don’t digest it, our bodies cannot absorb it. The stomach has to empty properly because if it doesn’t it forces acid back up into the throat, this is a horrible condition called heartburn. An acid  environment is critical for the absorption of micronutrients such as selenium, iron, copper and zinc. Finally acid also acts to sterilize the stomach which kills off all the bacteria and yeast from incompletely digested foods.The stomach requires an acid environment for several reasons. Unfortunately some people produce a low amount of it for reasons which are not properly understood yet, and also as we age our bodies produce less stomach acid.

2. Allergies caused by Poor Gut Health.

           We all know that kids today seem to have far more allergies than kids did fifty years ago. It seems today the world and his dog have a peanut       allergy. Extensive medical research has been carried out on this phenomena and it has been decided that this has to do with a reduction of good bacteria in the gut. This is often governed by family history, but you can improve the situation by eating probiotics or fermented food.

3. Nutrient deficiency caused by poor absorption or eating the wrong food groups.

There are two reasons for this  the first is a condition called leaking gut syndrome which we will talk about tomorrow in depth. It means that it needs a greater discussion because whenever medics calls something as syndrome it means that not everyone agrees in its existence examples are Attention deficit syndrome. “Leaky gut syndrome” is said to be a reaction in the immune system to toxins that have been reabsorbed  into the bloodstream from the gut. Scientists generally agree that this permeability can exist, but not every doctor is convinced it is harmful.


Toxicity occurs when there is too much of a substance in the body for instance sugar  and when the body can’t eliminate it or excrete it through the skin or through the gut it builds up to high levels which cause complications. In the case of diabetes, these complications are eye problems, skin eruptions and kidney failure amongst other things.

The beauty about nutritional healing is the fact that it can be introduced at your own pace. Leo did it all in one go with an all or nothing approach. However there is no reason you have to use this commando approach, you can start by changing your habits by one meal, one day, one week at a time. Medically if you change your diet gradually you have a better chance of it working in the long term. This is not a fad nutritional healing it is something that has to be changed for life.

you don’t have to be a health freak, or a vegetarian to benefit from nutritional healing, but it does by definition involve eating a lot of antioxidants and they are found in fruit and vegetables. That does not mean that you can’t eat meat, in fact, it does not mean that nay food is banned you can have a piece of apple pie, but be prepared for it. Don’t eat it after a heavy carb meal such as pasta eat it after a salad or a meal with very low carbs.

Nutritional Healing For Diabetics is the best way forward for you to lead a new life free of diabetic medicine.