Environmental Medicine

Environmental Medicine -
Food Allergies: Gastrointestinal Inflammation

Food sensitivities result in an inflammatory reaction triggered by various immunologic reactions in the gastrointestinal tract. This results in a variable grade of inflammation anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract which can damage the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. This intestinal inflammation prevents the gut from functioning normally and creates a breakdown in the intestinal barrier. Once the breakdown in the intestinal barrier has occurred, the partially digested macromolecules from the food sources, and the various chemicals present in the foods, are easily absorbed into the circulation. Thus, further systemic immunologic reactions can be produced inducing food and chemical sensitivities. The detoxification systems in the liver can potentially be overwhelmed leading to further chemical sensitivities and heavy metal absorption.

Once a food sensitivity has been identified, it is imperative to not only remove the offending food from the diet but also to take the necessary actions to heal the gastrointestinal tract. This treatment consists not only of dietary measures but also involves an integrative approach using pharmaceutical products and nutritional support.

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