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Consuming problematic foods... (Inflammation & Irritation in the Gastrointestinal Tract)

Updated: Feb 16


Heleen Page - ResetMe
Heleen Page - ResetMe

When individuals with food intolerances consume problematic foods, it can lead to inflammation and irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. Over time, this can damage the gut lining and disrupt the balance of beneficial gut bacteria.

What are can potential problematic food and food intolerances?

Food:

1. Processed Foods:

Highly processed foods often contain additives, preservatives, and artificial

ingredients that can disrupt the balance of gut bacteria.


2. Sugary Foods and Beverages:

Excessive sugar consumption can feed harmful bacteria and yeast in the gut,

leading to imbalances and potential health issues.


3. High-Fat Foods:

Diets high in unhealthy fats, especially saturated and trans fats, can promote

inflammation in the gut and hinder beneficial bacteria.


4. Artificial Sweeteners:

Some artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, may disrupt gut bacteria and

have adverse effects on metabolic health.


5. Alcohol:

Excessive alcohol consumption can damage the gut lining, disrupt the

microbiome, and contribute to inflammation.


6. Antibiotic-Heavy Diets:

Frequent consumption of meat from animals treated with antibiotics can

impact gut bacteria and potentially lead to antibiotic resistance in humans.


7. Fried and Greasy Foods:

Fried and greasy foods can irritate the digestive tract and contribute to gut

inflammation.


8. Low-Fiber Diets:

Insufficient fiber intake can starve beneficial gut bacteria and lead to digestive

problems.


9. Lack of Fermented Foods:

Not including probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, and

kombucha in your diet can deprive your gut of beneficial bacteria.


10. Excessive Antibiotic Use:

Overuse or unnecessary use of antibiotics can disrupt the delicate balance of

gut flora.


Food Intolerance refers to the body's difficulty in digesting certain foods, which can

lead to digestive discomfort and other symptoms. Unlike food allergies, which involve

the immune system, food intolerances typically involve the digestive system and

don't provoke an immediate and severe allergic reaction.


Common Food Intolerances:

Some common examples of food intolerances include lactose intolerance (inability to

digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products), gluten intolerance (celiac

disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity), and fructose intolerance. In these cases, the

body lacks the necessary enzymes to break down specific components of these

foods.

The Symptoms of food intolerance can vary widely but often include bloating, gas,

diarrhoea, stomach cramps, and general digestive discomfort. These symptoms may

not appear immediately after eating the triggering food but can develop hours later.


Long-Term Effects: Chronic exposure to foods that trigger intolerance can lead to

chronic inflammation in the gut, potentially contributing to conditions like irritable

bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive disorders. Additionally, it can compromise

the absorption of essential nutrients, leading to nutritional deficiencies.


Poor gut health can have many negative effects on your health!

1. Unintentional Weight Changes:

Poor gut health can affect the body's ability to absorb nutrients properly and

regulate metabolism. An unhealthy gut microbiome may lead to weight

fluctuations, including unexplained weight gain or loss.


2. Sleep Disturbances or Constant Fatigue:

The gut and the brain are closely connected through the gut-brain axis. An

imbalanced gut can disrupt this connection, potentially leading to sleep


problems and persistent fatigue. The production of neurotransmitters and

hormones in the gut can influence sleep patterns.


3. Skin Irritations:

The condition of your skin can be influenced by your gut health. An

imbalanced gut may trigger inflammation, which can manifest as skin

conditions like acne, eczema, or psoriasis. A healthy gut contributes to

clearer, more radiant skin.

4. Hight Stress Levels:

The gut and the brain communicate bidirectionally. Stress can disrupt the

balance of gut bacteria, while an unhealthy gut can contribute to stress and

anxiety. Chronic stress can lead to gastrointestinal problems, creating a

vicious cycle. Book your appointment with Heleen to discuss your health matters: Whatsapp: 076 947 4024

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