Before I started my doctoral program, that meant I had to narrow my focus to a specific area (sugar addiction) I was studying food intolerances.Souvy

A lot of books on the subject begin with food reactions, and proceed to chemicals that are found in our workplaces and homes as well as gasoline fumes and so on. While these are important however, they’re not about nutrition.

My fascination with the food allergies has been the relationship to addiction.

Recently I “attended” the webinar of J.J. Virgin, whose first book (I believe) was about food intolerances and ways to eliminate these foods in order to improve your health and shed weight. The presentation re-ignited my fascination with food intolerances and addiction.

Common food intolerance triggers include chocolate soy, corn wheat (or other gluten-containing food items) and peanuts. They also include eggs, dairy products and sugars, as well as other sweeteners.

What does food intolerance look Like?

Some symptoms include joint pains, headaches/migraines fatigue, sleepiness, depression, heart palpitations stomach pains, irritability as well as bloating and other symptoms.

Since digested food is circulated throughout the blood stream, effects of intolerance may be seen everywhere within the body.

The reactions to food may be similar every time a food is consumed for example, an allergic reaction.

The reactions could be different for example, having itching that isn’t as severe one time and itching but no itching the next time.

The reaction may be in the form of a cumulative reaction. It is possible that a small portion the food does not trigger a reaction, but a large portion consumed again the same day, or a few days later is likely to trigger one.

Addiction is a different reaction that could become more severe over time.

What causes food intolerances?

The reasons are numerous However, we’ll keep it simple.

One of the causes is a genetic intolerance, or a tendency towards it.

It is possible to become intolerant of foods we consume frequently or in large amounts. In excess, a food is used up in enzymes specifically for digesting this food, so full digestion is not possible.

It could lead to improperly digested food particles passing through the bloodstream and digestive tract which triggers an immune response. Food that is not digested, absorbed or digested is devoid of nutrients.

We may also be sensitive to the food that we consume with another trigger food. The list of trigger food items can grow, which could result eventually in nutritional deficiencies.

Food reactions can change over the course of time.

The principle that guides our body’s functions is the principle of homeostasis.

When the trigger food item is first consumed the body tries to restore balance by clearing it of the food. It blocks the absorption of food by attaching antigens onto the food that is partially digested in the intestinal tract. It could get rid of the food item before it could be absorbed into bloodstreams.

If food is absorbed into in the bloodstream it could cause inflammation. The reaction can be brief and the body can be able to return to normal quickly.

If a person continues eating an triggering food for a long period of time, their body undergoes an adjustment. The immune system can slow down (or less capable) to react. The reaction might now occur slower than the initial reaction. Signs or symptoms can persist for longer, and sometimes even for days or hours.

What is the best way to prevent it from becoming an Addiction?

The body’s immune response to trigger food causes the release of the stress hormones and opioids like endorphins (beta-endorphin) as well as chemical mediators such as serotonin. The combination can result in short-term relief from symptoms through the analgesic effects of serotonin and the endorphin hormone along with mood enhancement and a sense of calm.

This way eating the food that triggers the symptoms could make someone feel better in a short time and they may even believe the food can be beneficial.

Endorphin release usually involves the discharge of dopamine. The combination of these two brain chemicals, along with serotonin creates what I’ve described as”the “addictive packaging.” A diet that isn’t eaten can cause withdrawal.

In the long run, a person might eat the trigger food and not feel the satisfaction that comes from having a drug “high,” but to ease the pain and withdrawal from withdrawal without it. It’s almost like textbook addiction.

How Does Intolerance/Addiction Affect Health?

If someone who is addicted to an triggering food continues consume more of it, the immune system has to keep evolving, and could become hyper-sensitive and react to more and more food items particularly those consumed with food items that trigger reactions and also with added sugar.

The constant demands placed for the body’s immune system could cause exhaustion of the immune system and degenerative reactions, based on genetic weakness. The signs and symptoms mentioned above are just the beginning.

Sugar is a key contributor to this since it triggers inflammation within the body, which increases the risk of reactions to food. Consuming trigger foods and sugar could make it more likely that new reactions be observed.

I’m reminded of a book that was written by Nancy Appleton, who suggested eggs could cause reactions in a lot of people due to the fact that they’re often consumed at breakfast, along together with juice of orange. Cake is another instance that includes wheat and sugar eggs, milk, or eggs.

As addictions are recurrent cravings will develop, which can lead to a rise in consumption. Since more and more food items cause an immune reaction, it could result in the malnutrition described above.

Stats state that levels of food intolerances are on the rise. My hypothesis is that it’s at least partially due to the sugar content of our diets, including the sneaky sugars that are commonly considered healthy such as agave fruits, juices of fruit and sweeteners.

Stopping the Cycle

It is imperative to eliminate any food you suspect could cause any reaction, even if you like these foods. Take a look at the food you eat that trigger your reactions frequently and think about eliminating them also. Above all, avoid sugar.

Follow this program Follow this plan, as J.J. Virgin recommends, for 3 weeks.

While you’re waiting you might be experiencing cravings. If that is the case, try my time-tested, proven method of 1 teaspoon of B-complex liquid (complete B-complex) to quell the craving in 15 minutes.

After the 3-week cleanse You should feel and looking better.