Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, Celiac Disease, and other Food Related Health Issues — Part I

November 15, 2011

in Digestion

Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, Celiac Disease, and other Food Related Health Issues

 


Part I

 

Food choices can lead to serious health problems. These serious health problems often are indicators of digestive problems. It is important that your digestive tract is working properly if you expect to stay healthy or overcome most all health problems.
 
 
I find it very frustrating when people (and many in the medical field) only seek relief from the discomfort of their illness rather than seeking the underlying cause of their health problem. Covering up symptoms is big business in the medical business world. A problem with only covering up symptoms is that often it only makes the problem worse.
 
 
Let’s take a deeper look into the causes of many health problems.
 
 
 What are some of the most obvious indicators of digestive problems?
 
·       Use of Tums or antacids
·       Heartburn, belching, burping, and GERD disease
·       Bloating and/or gas
·       Constipation
·       Diarrhea
·       Obesity
·       Celiac disease
·       Food allergies
·       Arthritis
·       Skin problems
·       Frequent colds, flu, & other poor immune functions
 
 
Certain food choices can complicate digestive problems. These food choices may react differently for different people depending on the health of the food and the health of the person. Let’s take a look at some of these foods.
 
 
Cow’s Milk
 
Cow’s milk is a common food not tolerated by many people. My background of growing up on a ranch and drinking raw cow’s milk protected me from lactose intolerance for a good part of my life. However as I have grown younger (late 60’s now), I have noticed some symptoms of lactose intolerance. Unfortunately most people today do not have the opportunity to have access to safe raw cow’s milk especially in their youth.
 
What is wrong with homogenized, pasteurized cow’s milk? Raw cow’s milk has natural enzymes which help digest the sugar and lactose in milk. However these enzymes are destroyed during the homogenization and pasteurization process mainly because of high heat processing.
 
Lactase is an enzyme naturally produced in the digestive tract of a healthy person that helps us digest the sugar or lactose in milk.  However as we grow older our bodies ability to naturally produce enzymes decrease.  
Symptoms of lactose deficiency are bloating, diarrhea, stomach or intestinal cramps, gas, and the potential of bacterial overgrowth as a result of food not digesting. Bacterial overgrowth can set up our bodies for a risk of bacterial toxins and serious illness.
 
What can we do? 
 
Milk products are the foundation of an important food group. In addition, dieticians and government agencies tell us the only way to obtain sufficient calcium is by the consumption of generous amounts of dairy products on a daily basis. This can cause problems even when we are only slightly lactose intolerant.
 
GNLD has some products that will help with the problem of lactose intolerance.

·       Betagest has the enzyme lactase from a natural source of beet stems and roots which will improve the digestion of dairy products.

·       Nourishake and GR2 Meal Replacement limit lactose making them easily digested by most people as well as providing calcium.

 
Damage to the surface of the digestive tract can cause the loss of important natural enzymes necessary for proper breakdown of food. Damage to the digestive tract may be caused by bacterial toxins, food allergies, or gluten intolerance. Other causes of damage to the digestive tract can be excessive alcohol, hot drinks, iced drinks, and carbonated beverages. I cringe when children and teens have a regular habit of drinking soft drinks. These carbonated beverages not only have an abundance of sugar but also cause long term damage to their young digestive systems. They are being set up for illness later in life.
 
Bacteria in the digestive tract hinders the breakdown of food as well as slowing down the repair and healing process. Undigested carbohydrates encourage bacteria growth. 
 
 
Gluten from Grains such as Wheat
 
Gluten intolerance is a frequent source of serious damage to the digestive tract and is known as Celiac disease.
 
Sensitivity to gluten has increased dramatically over the last few years. This may be because of the treatment of gluten with acid at high temperatures or with enzymes to make the gluten easier to mix with other food products like milk. This process called deamidation may be a factor in the increase of allergies to gluten.
 
Wheat gluten is found in foods such as soy sauce, modified food starch, the coating materials of many drugs and vitamins, vinegar, beer, wine coolers, tea, ketchup, flavored chips, ice-cream, and processed cereals.
 
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that can lead to a severe inflammatory reaction. This inflammatory reaction interferes with the use of nutrients and the breakdown of carbohydrates. The only known medical treatment for Celiac disease is life time avoidance of gluten. An interesting note: frequent canker sores can possibly be an indicator of gluten intolerance.
 
On a nutritional supplement basis, GNLD’s Enzyme Digestive Aid may be of benefit.  It provides the enzymes necessary to break down gluten. These enzymes are often missing or are deficient in people with a damaged small intestine.
 
 
Part II of this article will cover food allergies and bacterial overgrowth. 
 
 
Meanwhile let me know what digestion topics you would like to hear more about or additional questions about digestion.
 
 
Happy Digestion to You!
 
 
 
Pat Moon
 
 

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1 Jennifer Bennett November 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Great article Pat!  Very informative and easy to read!  I wonder many times if I too am not becoming lactose intolerant.  Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

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2 Pat Moon November 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

Hi Jennifer, It is very common to become more lactose intolerant as we grow younger! As the article indicated, our bodies slow down in its ability to produce all the correct enzymes as well as the important hydrochloric acid that breaks down foods. It could possibly be beneficial to supplement with hydrochloric acid and enzymes to assist your body as it grows younger.

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3 AJ November 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Superb info Pat!
Thanks,
AJ

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4 Hughie Bagnell November 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

Thank you Pat for sharing…our food choices certainly can lead to serious health problems! Great article…Thanks, Hughie

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5 Pat Moon November 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Hi Hughie, I appreciate your input and support. Thanks for taking your time to read my articles.

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6 Anastasiya Day November 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

Thank you Pat for posting this article!  Great info.

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7 Pat Moon November 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Thanks for your input and support, Anastasiya.

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8 Eno Nsima-Obot, MD November 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Great information Pat particularly about lactose intolerance. You can't imagine how surprised people are to discover they are lactose intolerant. Especially when I gently inform them that we are the only creatures on earth that drink other animals' milk beyond our baby years..:)

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9 Pat Moon November 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Hello Eno, it is so good to have a doctor respond to my blogs. Thank you for your support. Yes, it is very difficult for all of us to have to accept the fact that we should not be eating one of our favorite foods because of symptoms that could lead to serious disease. Thanks again.

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10 denny hagel November 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Thank you Pat for raising awareness to the fact that we must pay more attention to prevention than finding symptom relief! This is such important work you are doing. Wonderful job!

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11 Pat Moon November 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Hi Denny, yes, prevention is what we should all focus on first but then if symptoms start showing up, we need to listen to our bodies before disease sets in. Thanks for the support.

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