Oct 4, 2014

Can Fermented Foods Cure Food Allergies?

It appears to be food allergies and sensitivities tend to be more common than ever.  People have bad reactions to nuts, dairy, soy, and gluten at higher rates than ever before.  And in many cases, if you don't experience a severe allergic reaction, you may find that that you are sensitive to many foods.

One possible reason for these food issues lays in the bacteria levels of the gut.  Your intestines need to have a wide variety of good bacteria living in them in order to function properly. 

The bacteria in your gut do most of the breaking down of food.You may suffer from a lack of good bacteria as a result of stress, illness, antibiotics, toxins in the environment, and toxins in your food related to genetically modified foods and artificial additives and preservatives.

The result of this imbalance is inflammation and a lack of digestion.  The bacteria in your gut can't stand up to the job of breaking down the foods you ingest and instead the walls of your intestinal tract are actually broken down. This condition is known as a leaky gut.

Some common symptoms of food sensitivities include diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, gas, bloating, headaches, joint pain, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and frequent illness. But you can heal many of these problems and even reverse food allergies by improving the conditions in your intestines.

One of the best ways to do this is to add fermented foods to your diet.  These are foods high in healthy bacteria that can keep your gut running smoothly.  Your gut may be able to process foods better when you add these and lower your sensitivity to specific foods.

You can eat foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, raw aged cheeses, and kefir.You'll also get the benefits from pickled vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, and cabbage.These foods will help to restore the gut flora that you need to properly digest food.  By following this simple step and avoiding foods that contain artificial ingredients such as preservatives you can improve your digestion dramatically.

It may take several months of eating fermented foods on a daily basis to restore the health of your intestines.  This change may be enough to eliminate food sensitivities you're experiencing or reverse food allergies.

In addition to improving your tolerance for specific foods, you'll also develop a stronger immune system, better digestion, a reduction in inflammation, and a reduced risk of chronic diseases and cancer.