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Anxiety Therapy by Getting Rid of Food Allergies

I apologize there’s been a lapse in time in posts. Between moving in August and getting notice I have to finish my Masters Degree by January, getting to the computer has been a bit challenging. Thank you for your patience! This post is a bit brainy, it is a write up I had to do for my schoolwork. It explains what happens chemically in your body when you have a reaction to a food. I felt is was important to share with you because eliminating food allergies was a huge part of my anxiety therapy.

The body responds to food sensitivity by releasing antibodies in response to signals from foreign substances coming from the immune system. The antibody is immunoglobulin G (IgG) and is only found in the bloodstream. When IgG is released and meets a macromolecule, the entire immune response is kicked off. Histamines and other chemicals are released and the area is flooded with extra fluid as a way to wash away the reactive food particles.

At the same time the body produces hormones (including cortisol and aldosterone) which increase sodium intake, which attract more water into cells and tissues. Other hormones are released by the gut that causes water retention in the gut tissues (BLOAT!).

The production of histamine and other chemicals cause blood vessels to expand and contract, leaking fluids into the tissues and setting off a secondary inflammatory response and swelling. This leaking fluid often carries protein with it and the protein attracts sodium and still more fluid.

To compound the weight gain from waterlogged tissues, food sensitivities also trigger weight gain from adipose tissues. This results from either heightened cravings for reactive foods or the disruption of metabolism.

The same response that is responsible for the bloating also sends out distress chemicals via natural chemicals and hormones. First, endorphins hit the system which make you feel good. Then, when they wear off, BAM … cravings strike. Second, the adrenals release epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol that result in a mood lift. When these wear off, irritability and fatigue set in. Once again, cravings strike. Third, insulin levels become destabilized which lowers blood sugar levels; cells are starved for energy. These first three responses create overload on the adrenals; hence, adrenal fatigue. The surge of neurochemicals and hormones also can create anxiety and mood swings.

Finally, the levels of “feel good” neurotransmitter serotonin drops. When the immune system goes into high gear due to a food sensitivity reaction, the white blood cells are too busy fighting the invasion to carry serotonin. The cravings for high carbohydrate foods help the body replenish serotonin in the brain. These chemical reactions and hormone disruptions allow pounds to come on very easily. Metabolism is slowed within epinephrine (adrenalin) levels are depleted causing increased fat storage. Or, the thyroid doesn’t function properly due to the signal hormones are imbalanced. Thyroid gland is a key component for the body’s fat burning process.

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