Food Allergies and Weight Gain
Going to the gym, eating right but still can't lose that extra weight? Food allergies and inflammation may be the underlying culprit. Ever wonder why someone cuts out gluten or dairy and looses weight? Inflammation from foods we consume can cause our body to become resistant to insulin (a hormone that controls blood sugar) and leptin (a hormone that controls satiety) and increase cortisol levels in the body. While some inflammation is okay, too much can impact the body causing sore joints, digestive disorders and skin issues.
Many of the foods we are sensitive or allergic to are foods we eat on a daily basis. Overtime, enzymes used for breaking down a particular food can become depleted, causing us to have an adverse reaction to some of the foods we eat. Allergies trigger our immune system to respond and inflammation to occur.
Common Signs of Inflammation:
Auto immune diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
Red, itchy or inflamed skin (eczema,psoriasis or acne)
Allergies and digestive issues (leaky gut, candida)
Thyroid issues including Hashimotos thyroiditis
Top Inflammatory Causing Foods:
Wheat and gluten
Food additives such as preservatives or artificial sweeteners
Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Supplements:
Coconut Oil- Anti microbial and anti viral properties that can help restore balance in the digestive tract by combating bad bacteria. Too many bad microorganisms can lead to leaky gut, triggering allergies and inflammation in the body.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids- Foods such as salmon, chia seeds, flaxseeds, nuts or even a fish oil can help greatly reduce inflammation in the body while omega 6's found in grains, animal products and vegetable oils can actually increase inflammation.
Turmeric- Turmeric is one of my favourite foods to include to help reduce inflammation. It contains curcumin, which has been used for thousands of years and in Ayurvedic practices for reducing joint pain and arthritis. It's also really good for your gut as well! Try my turmeric latte for a soothing and warming nighttime drink.
Ginger- Not only excellent for aiding with digestive upsets, but studies have shown ginger to have anti inflammatory properties as well. It has also been shown to reduce blood sugar levels.
Bone broth- Full of gut healing ingredients such as glutamine and collagen which help restore the lining of the gut.
Bromelain - An enzyme extracted from the stems of pineapples that helps to breakdown protein. Most allergies to food stems from not being able to breakdown a protein, such as gluten from wheat and casein from milk.
Through proper diet, supplementation support, exercise and stress management, reducing inflammation can be easy. If your suspect a food allergy might be preventing you from your weight loss goals or causing you discomfort in other areas, I would be happy to help! Book an appointment with me today to review your current diet and come up with a custom plan to help you achieve your wellness goals and get you feeling your best!