Food intolerance can occur when your body cannot properly digest and convert the foods you eat into the necessary nutrients that fuel your system. This maldigestion causes inflammation, which can lead to many negative food intolerance related symptoms including fatigue, migraine & headaches, eczema, bloating, gas, congestion, weight gain, brain fog, joint aches, acid reflux, food cravings, diarrhea, skin rash and more.
If you experience any of the symptoms above and cannot explain why, it’s a possibility that you’re suffering from an unidentified food intolerance. The best way to identify these food intolerances is by taking a Pinnertest—a next generation blood test that can determine a client’s individual food intolerances.
Although Pinnertest is not meant to act as a diagnostic tool, it can serve as wellness advice to alleviate negative food intolerance related symptoms. While we do not prescribe any specific dietary plans after testing, eliminating the problem foods from your diet and replacing them with nutrient-dense alternatives is highly recommended.
Food intolerance can be caused by undigested foods, which start accumulating in the gut and begin making their way into the bloodstream.
Normally, the immune system recognizes most amino acids as friendly molecules. By contrast, partially digested food proteins are recognized as foreign intruders, which activates the immune system to combat these “invaders.” This is how the “war” begins.
The war between the immune system and partially digested proteins can lead to severe inflammation in the gut and other parts of the body.
Remember that when you have the flu, which also causes inflammation, you may experience a lot of discomfort including headaches, bloating, edema, fatigue, brain fog, stomach pains and more.
The reason for these discomforts is due to the fight between your immune system and the flu viruses. The immune system response in a food intolerance reaction is similar to the inflammation seen in a viral or bacterial infection. Differently from the flu, however, food intolerance related symptoms can sometimes persist over a lifetime if neglected.
One of the more common side-effects of food intolerance is weight gain. This is mainly due to depleted levels of serotonin, the powerful chemical responsible for maintaining mood balance, social behavior, libido, memory, and digestive health. More importantly, though, serotonin acts as the natural appetite suppressant in the body, making you feel satisfied even when your stomach is not full.
When fighting a food intolerance, serotonin production (95% of which originates from the cells in our intestines) decreases dramatically, leading to intense carb and sugar cravings.
This process can send your body into a vicious cycle of mood swings, depression, and unwanted cravings, all stemming from the fight against food intolerance.