When you eat food, your body has to break it down and digest it. This is a very complex process that takes an awful lot of energy and enzymes (which all have to be made specially in your body). Of course, when you eat food, you also consume a vast number of potentially harmful bugs. These bugs are in everything, and on everything. We do not live in a sterile environment, and neither should we!
70% of your immune system lives in your digestive system. This is not a coincidence as your digestive system is one of the places where we are very susceptible to attack. Your immune system is phenomenally complex and you can be very sensitive to substances in the body that should not be there. When we have digestive problems, gaps can appear in the wall of the small intestine and substances that are not fully digested can get into the blood. This is often talked about as ‘leaky gut syndrome’. The challenge here, is that if the bits that get into the blood stream are not fully digested pieces of food, the body will produce antibodies to attack these foreigners and get rid of them.
So what has this got to do with food sensitivities? Well, your immune system is extremely efficient and it doesn’t take long to produce the army that is needed to remove these foreigners from the blood. Once the antibodies have been made, they are there for all time. The next time these foreign particles end up in the blood, they are dealt with much more swiftly and often more dramatically. This can produce quite strong reactions, ranging from headaches, nausea, sinusitis, and other pain.
The toxins that result from breaking down the foreign particles have to be got rid of, and they may end up coming out through the skin as skin problems, through the lungs as mucus, and through the sinuses as phlegm. Alternatively, they can buildup around joints and cause inflammation, or in the head area and can cause headaches. The bottom line here is that you need to firstly, stop eating the foods to which you are sensitive and secondly, find a way of detoxing your body to get rid of the toxins.
Identifying the problem foods be very challenging and quite hit and miss, unless you use the NHD technique, which will accurately tell you what foods are good and what foods are bad, with no on going cost. You can identify a relative scale of how good the food is using the NHD technique. For example, a food that scores a ‘10’ would be a superfood, while a food that is the ‘1’ would be a disastrous food which would definitely cause major health problems.