Our body undergoes more stress than it was originally designed to handle. This stress causes us to over eat, make poor choices when eating and ingesting gut irritating foods. The most common gut irritating foods are those that we are allergic to: dairy, gluten grains (wheat, oats, barley, rye), corn, beans (especially soy) and nuts (primarily tree nuts such as almonds and walnuts). Eating irritating foods causes an inflammatory response, and if you’re constantly eating these foods you will eventually exhaust your immune system. This can cause a great array of problems in our body.
Your adrenal gland is a major organ for responding to stress and inflammation by releasing cortisol, which helps to regulate:
- Blood sugar (glucose) levels via fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism
- Immune Response
- Blood Pressure
- Central Nervous System Stimulation
If cortisol is not properly regulated then it will lead to adrenal exhaustion causing:
- Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia, and increased stored fat with decreased muscle mass
- Poor immune function
- Impaired cognitive performance and poor sleep
When your gut is inflamed, it allows the harmful irritating foods to pass through its protective lining, and this is when an allergic or immune response is created. Much of your good gut bacteria will be lost or damaged, and now you have lost protection from bad bacteria, parasites, viruses, etc, and you will be more susceptible to illness.
Challenge for CSV Family: Try to pay attention to how you feel after you have a meal. Do you feel bloated, tired, have poor sleep, or have unusual bowel movements? Do you have raised itchy patches on your skin, or acne? Try to identify what foods are causing this and test eliminating them from your diet for 3-4 weeks. Try to feel for improved digestion, energy and a clearing of your skin. Most importantly, try to notice your workout performance including increased strength, stamina throughout a workout and improved recovery. Seek the guidance of a nutritional professional if you have questions or concerns about this process. Good luck CSV!
Here is a great article on elimination diets for some inspiration: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304117904579503481133359744
By: Lifestyle Coach Vanessa