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Bold statement I know!
What is an intolerance?
The definition of an intolerance by the Food Standards Agency: Food intolerances are more common than food allergies. The symptoms of food intolerance tend to appear more slowly, often many hours after eating the problem food. Typical symptoms include bloating and stomach cramps. It’s possible to be intolerant to several different foods, which can make it difficult to identify which foods are causing the problem. Food intolerances can also be difficult to tell apart from other digestive disorders that produce similar symptoms, such as inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal obstructions or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
What The Research Says
The World Allergy Organisation (WAO) estimate of allergy prevalence of the whole population by country ranges between 10 – 40% 
More than 150 million Europeans suffer from chronic allergic diseases and the current prediction is that by 2025 half of the entire EU population will be affected 
I believe we have developed all these intolerances and autoimmune conditions from an array of reasons to do with our lifestyles. Examples include: highly processed foods and drinks, anti-bacterial washes for everything. I remember running around outside in the mud and eating worms. I didn’t wash my hands all day sometimes and that was only last week- haha. No but seriously, it’s interesting to note that autoimmune disorders occur almost exclusively in developed countries. People in poor nations without modern amenities like running water, flushing toilets, washing machines, and sterile gardens don’t get these diseases . Playing in the dirt, being dirty, and being exposed to bugs and infections trains our immune systems to recognise what is foreign and what is not.
Carrying on from the increase in intolerances and diseases, how often do we allow our bodies to actually be in environmental temperatures? Humans have efficient internal temperature regulating systems that automatically maintain stable core body temperatures in cold winters and warm summers.
However we have central heating if we are cold and air con if we are hot, never allowing the body to work and do what it is meant to do. “We are outsourcing our body’s ability to adapt to technology that we create”, says Scott Carney, investigative journalist and anthropologist. Scott wrote a book called ‘What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength‘. In his book Carney interviews ordinary people who have documented how they have cured autoimmune diseases, lost weight, and reversed diabetes by being in the natural environment we live in and allowing the body to work.
A final reason for intolerances and one of the main factors for mine was medication – mainly antibiotics. When we are unwell then antibiotics are handed out like sweets and the word “antibiotic” literally means “against life.” Though they may heal your body of the harmful bacteria they’re designed to kill, they also wipe out all of your beneficial gut flora in the process.
Throughout my 20’s I suffered from clinical depression taking an array of anti-depressants, seeing counsellors and trialling alternative supplements like St John’s Wort. Things changed when I started getting digestive discomfort and horrific symptoms like bloating, diarrhoea and really smelly gas. I put the start of my ill health to a bad diet including painkillers, alcohol and highly processed foods. Prolonging this was the chronic stress from a demanding job that did not help with the moods and energy levels. To combat this I thought that thrashing myself in the gym 7 days a week was my ‘stress reliever’, however this added to stress on my body. The outcome after numerous infections and a lot of antibiotics was my gut saying – No More and I became intolerant to so many things. My gut was angry and inflamed.
Dealing With Intolerances
It became a thing; ‘my latest diet’ even though my choices were for health reasons. I don’t know about you but I struggled for a long time, as I didn’t feel normal. Having to check what was in the sauce if I ordered at a restaurant with friends and rehashing the meals according to my intolerances or evening having to change restaurants if they didn’t have anything I could eat. Now I am not only confident when I socialise but my friends are starting to ask questions about how to improve their health. Family members want to bake things that are specifically dairy and gluten free as they can see more benefits in themselves and also how healthy I am now. I have energy, I am confident, my skin which I always suffered with eczema has cleared up, I use to get a constant fungal infection on my big toes and couldn’t understand what to do to get rid of it but that’s gone, my depression is no where to be seen, I manage my stress levels well and I have a totally new look on life, a new mindset. If I had not become intolerant and started piecing together everything that had occurred in my life like clinical depression, chronic stress, regular infections then I would have not found my true passion of becoming a health coach and one that specialises in gut health.
I speak from qualifications and experience. I am the healthiest I have ever been and I thank my intolerances. Now go out there and realise that when accommodating for your intolerances you are going to be healthier and if your friends and family are not supportive then you need to do some social detoxing. If you want to know more about social detoxing, mindset work and other ways that you can become the healthiest version of yourself then drop me an email and we can book in a Gut Health Breakthrough session. This will help you understand the issues you are facing, what your health goals and desires are and what the next steps are for you.
Can you trust your gut? Your free gut health webinar download. Get it now!
Recently I hosted a free LIVE webinar on “Can you trust your gut? The 8 Surprising Truths about What’s Causing your Stomach Bloat and What you can do About it (starting today!)”.
To listen to it for free, click on the link now – https://larajezeph.lpages.co/webinar-replay/.
The webinar covered topics like;
- Proven tips and tricks to get back the flat stomach you’ve been craving just in time for summer.
- What areas of your life are causing you to bloat. “Knowledge is power”.
- What effective, real results clients are experiencing when reducing their stomach bloat.
- How to socialise with friends again without worrying about the repercussions when you fear making decisions about what to eat.
 (Pawankar R, et al, 2013) https://www.allergyuk.org/information-and-advice/statistics
 (EAACI, 2016) https://www.allergyuk.org/information-and-advice/statistics