Food Intolerance and the Immune System

When Undigested Carbohydrates Wreak Havoc

With the popularity of probiotics hitting main stream media, I have to ask why food intolerance is not considered a serious risk to the immune system. I have heard more than one celebrity promoting yogurt or another food containing healthy bacteria state that 70-80% of our immune system is in our gut.

Search “food allergies” vs “food intolerance” and you will likely come across the difference being that food allergies effect the immune system and food intolerance does not. You will also find that the only type of food referenced as “intolerant” is that for lactose, or milk products.

I have not come across a single article or medical reference discussing the fact that people can also be intolerant to sugar and starch. How are people suppose to know that milk is not the only culprit?

Beyond Lactose Intolerance

My research indicates that undigested food—specifically undigested carbohydrates (lactose, sugar and starch)— promote the growth of harmful bacteria in the large intestine and can lead to other health problems.

The message I hear in general is a promotion of adding “good” but no talk of removing the “bad” and this confuses me.

There is no question that diets high in refined flours and sugars create other health problems such as obesity and diabetes. So why is it so difficult to find concrete data and articles regarding the harm these foods also cause in our digestive systems?

This post is more rhetorical than scientific. Aside from research associated with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I have not been able to locate additional evidence that omitting harmful carbohydrates in the light of digestive imbalance is also a benefit to the immune system.

I only have my personal experience and knowledge regarding CSID and the inability to break down sugars and starches. If you have a personal experience related to food intolerance and the immune system, I would love to learn about it.

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CSID and Symptoms of Food Intolerance

(exerpt from A Place To Start ebook)

Primary Symptoms of Food Intolerance

These symptoms can begin to occur minutes after eating, as with lactose intolerance, or can take from several minutes to several days as with CSID. Tracking even rare occurrences of these symptoms over time can help determine if they are related to food or another cause.

·       stomach pain
·       bloating or distention of the stomach
·       excessive gas
·       cramping in large intestine
·       diarrhea
·       constipation
·       diaper rash (fermented odor)
·       vomiting without a fever
·       body or facial rashes
·       irritability
·       restlessness
·       difficulty sleeping
·       eczema
·       frequent, smelling, acidic and/or oily bowel movements
·       frequent yeast infections or yeast rashes for infants or children
·       failure to thrive
·       irritable bowel syndrome
·       excessive fussing and whining