FOOD INTOLERANCES

GLUTEN INTOLERANCE

Many Nigerians now have big bloated stomachs and wonder why because they imagine they are eating healthy? One of the causes is replacing our traditional swallow of eba and amala with wheat thinking it has fewer carbohydrates. . Unfortunately many people are gluten intolerant and can therefore not digest gluten. Gluten is a protein present in many processed food, it is found in wheat, barley and rye.

Glutens affect the body in several ways but most importantly it acts by creating inflammation that damages the intestinal lining preventing absorption of important nutrients and leading to medical complications. Many people display the symptoms and usually link it to several other conditions, unknown to them is the content of their meals. It can be so severe it can cause an autoimmune disorder which means your body starts attacking itself instead of protecting itself and that’s called celiac disease.

You might experience symptoms such as

• Diarrhea alternating with constipation and foul smelling feces as the intestinal lining are damaged and there is poor nutrient absorption resulting in significant digestive discomfort.

• Bloating- a feeling of swollen belly.

• Abdominal pain which is colicky in nature and very uncomfortable.

• Headaches- it’s been shown that gluten intolerant individuals seem to be more prone to migraine and headaches than healthy people

• Fatigue due to food malabsorption which can predispose to iron deficiency and lead to  lack of energy and being easily tired.

• Depression, the happiness hormone serotonin is decreased from poor absorption and some gluten products also interfere with the central nervous system thus increasing the risk of depression. A change in the gut microbiota, increasing the harmful ones and reducing the beneficial ones can predispose to depression.

• Anxiety- gluten intolerant individuals are more prone to the feelings of worry, nervousness, unease and agitation.

• Joint and muscle pain, from the malabsorption problem arising from gluten, vitamins like vitamin D, all the B complex vitamins and calcium are deficient and lead to weak bones called osteoporosis and over sensitive nervous system with tingling and numbness in the arms and legs

Gluten also block the absorption of nutrients which are needed in many important body functions including making good eggs, sperms and hormones thereby leading to infertility. At Martlife Detox Clinic we test for such food allergies and intolerances and coach you on life style changes for better heath


LACTOSE INTOLERANCE

Lactose intolerance is a digestive disorder caused by the inability to digest lactose, the main carbonhydrate in dairy products such as cow milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream and butter. People with lactose intolerance don’t make enough of the enzyme lactase, which is needed to digest lactose. Lactose is a disaccharide, meaning that it consists of two sugars. It is made up of one molecule each of the simple sugars glucose and galactose. The lactase enzyme is needed to break lactose down into glucose and galactose, which can then be absorbed into the bloodstream and used for energy. Without sufficient lactase, lactose moves through your gut undigested and causes digestive symptom. Currently, about 75% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant with the greatest percentage being amongst black people

There are basically two types of lactose intolerance, the first which is the commonest is primary intolerance caused by a decrease in lactate enzyme activity with age, while the secondary type is caused by gut disease or colonization of the guts by some bacteria leading to inflammation in the gut wall, which then leads to a decline in lactase production.

The Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance include:

▪ Soft or runny stool (bowel movements)

▪ Flatulence

▪ Diarrhea or constipation

▪ Increased abdominal gas thereby resulting in bloating

▪ Abdominal pains which could be crampy

▪ Feeling of fullness or nausea after consumption of milk or dairy products.

Complications that might result from consuming lactose containing food. if you are lactose intolerant getting the required daily allowance of important vitamins and minerals can prove difficult. This may put you at increased risk of developing the following conditions such as

  • Osteopenia which is a condition where you have a very low bone mineral density. If osteopenia is not treated, it can develop into osteoporosis.
  • Osteoporosis: a state that causes your bones to become thin and weak. If you have osteoporosis, your risk of getting fractures and broken bones is increased.
  • Easy susceptibility to fractures, slight trauma might lead to dislocation of your joints.
  • Malnutrition occurs when the food that you eat does not give you the nutrients that are essential for a healthy functioning body. If you are malnourished, wounds can take longer to heal and you may start to feel tired or depressed.
  • Weight loss. Excessive weight loss can damage your health, it can lead to amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) or anovulation ( menstruation with no eggs)in some women and generally depressed immunity.
  • Lactose intolerance can be diagnosed with the use of our bioenergetic test which detects all forms of intolerances and assesses the extent of damage the toxic buildup of undigested lactose has done on the various organs. Thereafter therapies are initiated to correct these problems and restore the body to its optimal state. Nutritional guidance is given to deal with this intolerance.

FRUCTOSE INTOLERANCE

There is a health boom in Nigeria! Everybody wants to eat healthy. But have you wondered why the more you try and eat healthy and consume more and more fruits, somehow your stomach gets bigger and you get fatter? That’s because you may be fructose intolerant or have fructose malabsorption. This means you cannot digest the sugar in the fruits which is called fructose. Fructose is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) found in most fruits such as watermelons, mangoes, oranges, pineapples. Nowadays, fructose is present in large quantities in artificial sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup, which is a major constituent in soda, fruit drinks, cookies and cereals. It also constitutes 50% of sucrose, which is the normal table sugar.

Fructose intolerance typically presents with gastrointestinal symptoms such as

• Nausea and vomiting usually of undigested food particles

• Bloating, which is a feeling of fullness as a result of excessive gas in the stomach

• Increased Flatulence

• Abdominal pain and discomfort, which is usually on and off and occasionally severe

• Diarrhea:  usually bulky and foul smelling, as a results of poor nutrient absorption

• Chronic fatigue from lack of sleep due to reduced melatonin, a hormone necessary for sleep.

• Joint pains or worsening arthritis: this is due to release of inflammatory messengers known as cytokines

• Malabsorption of certain nutrients such as iron. Iron is absorbed in the intestine and needed for production of red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the different organs in the body. A deficiency of this nutrient will lead to low blood levels and poor oxygenation of the various organs.

Complications of fructose intolerance include fatty liver leading to liver failure, insulin resistance and diabetes, increased hunger and weight gain and uric acid deposit leading to gout.

Bioenergetic testing at MartLife Detox Clinic will detect whether you are fructose intolerant and which fruits you can safely eat and those to stay away from.  Undergoing a detoxification program can also help clear up the toxic build up in the body due to wrong and overconsumption of fruits.


HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE

Histamine is a simple but very important chemical that performs crucial functions in the body.  It is produced endogenously (i.e. produced within the body itself), but it is also found naturally in many types of food, fruits and vegetables.  In human physiology, histamine performs three important functions without which a person cannot survive. These are:

1. It acts as a neurotransmitter, communicating neural messages from the body to the brain.

2. It is an important component of the immune system, being triggered  during injury, inflammation and allergic reactions in order to contain or limit the extent of damage to tissues.

3. It releases gastric acid during digestion.

Histamine intolerance is not exactly an allergy but a set of negative reactions experienced when there is a build-up of excess histamine in the circulation beyond the threshold of normal. A build up can occur if:

• An individual consumes significant amounts of histamine-rich foods, or a progressive and steady consumption of these foods.

• An individual lacks the enzymes that would normally break down or metabolise histamine whenever it is released within the blood stream.

Normally the enzymes Diamine Oxidase (DAO) and Histamone-N-Methyltransferase (HNMT) are released as needed to ensure histamine break down in the body, so as to prevent its build-up and unpleasant manifestation of symptoms. However, most sufferers of histamine intolerance are deficient in these enzymes, and the result is that they easily build up histamine. This is usually worsened when they consume histamine-rich foods. Additionally, people with pre-existing allergies, SIBO (Small Intestinal bacterial Overgrowth), gastrointestinal bleeding and/or leaky gut syndrome are at a higher risk of histamine intolerance than other people.

The symptoms of histamine intolerance can be widely varied and because the chemical travels through the blood stream and affect all organ systems in the body that have blood supply  It can therefore be quite difficult to diagnose.  Common symptoms among sufferers include headaches/migraine,  diarrhoea/nausea, difficulty with sleep, nasal congestion/allergic rhinitis, PMS and irregular menstrual cycle, eczema/hives or rashes, flushing, and vertigo. Other more serious symptoms may include hypertension and irregular heartbeats, anxiety, loss of body temperature control, anxiety and tissue swelling. Histamine intolerance may trigger an asthma attack and cause anaphylactic shock.

Management of histamine intolerance at Mart-Life Detox Clinic begins with establishing the histamine intolerance with our bio energetic test. The test determines whether or not an individual has intolerance to such histamine-rich foods as:

▪ Fermented foods: Vinegar, Yoghurt, Soy sauce, Mayonnaise etc

▪ Processed meats: Hot dogs, bacon, salami, corned beef etc

▪ Alcohol: Beer, Champagne, wine

▪ Shellfish

▪ Nuts: Cashew, peanuts, walnuts

▪ Vegetables:  Tomatoes, spinach, egg plant, avocado

▪ Citrus fruits: orange, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine

▪ Fish: Mackerel, Tuna , sardines etc.

Once diagnosis has been made, the best course of action is to avoid histamine-rich foods, but particularly the identified ones in the bioenergetic test. The individual thereafter has a sit-down with the Mayr nutritionist who provides nutritional counselling that helps minimise histamine-causing foods and eliminate foods that tend to block the actions of Diamine Oxidase (DAO) and Histamone-N-Methyltransferase (HNMT) in the body.

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