Women, have you noticed a change? – The foods you enjoyed for long are now suddenly giving you problems? Not only do they not agree with you anymore, but your stomach has become sensitive to the slightest change and stomach issues have become frequent and more severe.
It is estimated that about 25% of the women in Australia suffer from food intolerances of one type or another.
Science has it that it has all to do with the reducing oestrogen levels in your body. You experience heightened allergies, sensitivities and intolerances as you approach your perimenopausal and menopausal years.
When the oestrogen levels begin to drop, this causes interferences with your gut mobility. Gut mobility is the time that the food takes to journey across your digestive tract from one end to another. Lowered gut mobility can lead to several problems – such as bloatedness, flatulence, abdominal hypersensitivity, pain, nausea, diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal issues.
The longer it takes for food to travel across the gut, the higher the risk is for it getting fermented. This can also lead to constipation and discomfort while passing your stools.
So, what is the best way out of this? How can you age naturally and at the same time enjoy all your favourite foods without any issues? How do you reduce the impact of the intolerances you experience now?
Here in this week’s blog post, I answer all these questions and more. I give you the top 3 reasons why you suffer from intolerances in the first place and provide you with healthy tips that can reduce their impact sizeably.
Reason 1: Wheat and Gluten
Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, rye, barley and several other grains. For a person with gluten sensitivity, this protein can cause several digestive problems – from gassiness to indigestion. Continued exposure to gluten can reduce your immunity considerably and can cause damage to your stomach lining.
Tip: Reduce the intake of gluten in your diet and as far as possible consider gluten-free options.
Reason 2: Dairy and Casein
Lactose is a natural sugar commonly found in dairy products, such as milk and yogurt. You become lactose intolerant when your small intestine stops making enough of the enzyme lactase to digest and break down the lactose.
Casein is a protein found in milk and other dairy products. A casein allergy occurs when your body mistakenly identifies casein as a threat to your body. While lactose intolerance can make you feel uncomfortable, a casein allergy can cause more severe symptoms such as hives and eczema.
Tip: Reduce overall dairy consumption and consider dairy-free and vegan options.
Reason 3: Sugar and Pre-packaged Foods
A person who is intolerant of certain sugars and starches has trouble digesting or processing them. Sugar intolerance causes a range of digestive issues, which vary in severity from person to person.
In general, pre-packaged foods contain a range of additives like artificial colour and taste enhancers, preservatives and sugars. Packaged foods may also contain highly refined or processed ingredients. All these substances can trigger a host of intolerances.
Tip: Reduce your dependence on packaged, processed and sugary foods. Simple, home-cooked meals with organic ingredients can be a great alternative.
Other Common Intolerances
Here’s a list of other common intolerances that women also suffer from:
- Peanuts and tree nuts
- Artificial sweetners
- Fish and shellfish
How Detox and Cleanse can help
Everyone has a different definition for Cleanse, but I’d like to think all definitions are essentially the same as they converge on some point.
Cleanse is a detox program that focuses on a cleaner diet, more nutritious and simply cooked food, better exercise, prebiotics and detoxifying foods, and, most importantly, on your body, mind and spirit.
You include foods that bring value to your life. You pause and breathe in deeply. You disconnect from smartphones and gadgets and do things with your hands. You cook simple meals. You exercise. And you think about what your body is signalling you.
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Liked reading what I had to say? Then you are sure to love my Cleanse. It is about re-centring yourself and restoring the balance. It is about bringing your health and wellbeing to the forefront and getting rid of those nasty intolerances.
Take my Cleanse periodically – once every six months. It is your best bet to safeguard yourself against toxicity build-up. With my simple DIY tips and guided approach, that you can follow from anywhere you are, you can detox on the go. And, joining a group does wonders for your morale. Try it.
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