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The Truth About Food Intolerances

Written By Emily Loss Jul 20th 2023
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Let’s talk “food intolerances” and why, as a root cause-focused health coach, I don’t believe in cutting out foods or food groups as a way to fix your problem in the long term.  

There are a lot of people out there with chronic illnesses, now more than ever. People are suffering with gut issues or auto-immune disease that stems from their gut issues, so of course they’re going to notice that when they cut out a certain food or food group that has been giving them issues, they start to feel better.  

Their colitis flares lessen, their IBS flares decrease, their acne gets better, and they think, “well this is the new diet forever.” 

But the reality is, it’s not the food itself; it's so much deeper than that. There is a root reason that your body isn’t reacting well to a certain food. 

The truth is they probably have a dysbiotic gut microbiome that is producing the wrong types of end products when they eat a certain food. Instead of producing the happy short-chain fatty acids, maybe their body is producing methane for example. Dysbiosis is often defined as an “imbalance” in the gut microbial community that is associated with disease. This imbalance could be due to the gain or loss of community members or changes in relative abundance of microbes. 

So all of their symptoms are coming from their gut bacteria and the way that the gut bacteria are metabolizing those foods, not from the food itself. 

The only way to really know what is going on in the gut before cutting out foods and blindly supplementing is working with a practitioner and testing your gut microbiome so that you can treat those imbalances effectively then reintroduce those foods, and move on with a happy and healthy life!

Jump Into a Detox

Guess what? One of the best ways to give your body a full-on detox is to gently jump on the trampoline for just 10 minutes a few times each week!

The lymphatic system is a critical part of the immune system and jumping on a trampoline or “rebounding” 3-5 times per week for 10-15 minutes long can be highly beneficial in helping your body detox! Think of your lymphatic system as your body’s internal vacuum cleaner. 

When you jump, your body’s natural movement stimulates valves between cells to open up so that waste products like dead cells and toxins can be pulled out while oxygen enters in their place along with nutrients from blood flow. 

The white blood cells in our lymph nodes work to keep harmful cancers or fungi at bay by removing them before they can spread throughout your entire body! Let’s help them do this life or death job. 

It takes only a few minutes of rebounding to flush the entire lymphatic system, while cleansing and strengthening cells and lymph nodes. 

While you are jumping, the white blood cells of the immune system triple in number and remain elevated for an hour allowing them to patrol for pathogens and keep you healthy by flushing them. 

This also doubles as a workout, gets your heart rate up, and allows you to play and have fun.

A Protein-Packed Sweet Bite

I have been making this recipe on repeat lately, and just HAD to share with you all! I swear to you, this tastes just like cookie dough. I am floored! 

Plus, it's packed with protein from the cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and protein powder. Can we say sustained energy and zero hangry feels over here?

Here’s how you make it: 

  • Blend 16oz cottage cheese with a generous amount of honey, a little vanilla extract and about two tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt until creamy.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of vanilla protein powder, 1/2 cup of coconut flour, and tiny dark chocolate chips!
  • Store in a mason jar or other airtight container in the fridge. Try not to eat the whole jar in one sitting! 

You could also make this birthday cake dough by using some good sprinkles rather than dark chocolate chips!