NOURISH YOUR GUT MICROBIOME
The collection of bacteria that live in the gut is called the microbiome. An essential part of addressing food reactions is increasing the diversity of your gut microbiome. Here are a few ways to do it:
- Feed your gut bacteria: consume foods rich in prebiotics, a type of fiber that feeds good bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics can be found in non-gluten grains, seeds, and starchy vegetables.
- Expose yourself to different microbes: spend time outdoors and maintain an active lifestyle. Activities like hiking and camping together are all things that contribute to a diverse microbiome.
- Get the right probiotics on board: You may already be using probiotics, but are you using the right strain? There are specific strains for different conditions, including asthma, peanut allergies, and so on. So do your research and make sure you are using the right strain for you.
FIX YOUR LEAKY GUT
Your gut has a skin that acts as a barrier. You want the food to stay in the gut, however sometimes, the gut barrier breaks down, and molecules from the gut leak into the bloodstream. This condition is known as leaky gut. When molecules escape the gut and make their way into the bloodstream, the body's immune system goes on the defensive and attacks. If you have a leaky gut, it will feel like no matter what you eat; you react to it. So, you keep eliminating, eliminating, and eliminating some more! That doesn't work. You must fix your gut.
TAKE DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
Several food sensitivities and intolerances result from the body not producing enough enzymes to help break down food properly. For example, lactose intolerance is a result of having too little enzyme that breaks down lactose. You can purchase a broad-spectrum digestive enzyme that can be taken with meals.