After going gluten free, then dairy free, I had a lot of relief from my symptoms, but I was still not 100% better. I had a period where I felt great, but then, I started suffering from stomach aches again. If it was not gluten, then what was it?? After doing the Whole30 diet and eliminating most of the Cross-Reactive foods, I was able to discover what foods made me miserable!
If you are gluten-free and still have lingering symptoms that have not completely cleared up, Cross-Reactive Foods may be bothering you. Cross-Reactive Foods have a similar protein structure to gluten. They can be confused for gluten by those with a less than healthy immune system.
If you are being affected by Cross-Reactive Foods, it may feel like you are suffering from gluten contamination, but you ate NO GLUTEN! How frustrating! I know!
What foods are Cross-Reactive?
1) Dairy Products, specifically whey protein, casein, alpha and beta, milk butyrophilin(fat droplets) and milk chocolate
I know, it’s a long list! Nevertheless, there may only be a few foods causing you problems. How do you find out what foods cause a reaction?
There are 2 ways to find out: Step 1 is to take a test. You can contact HealthNOW Medical Center for a wide array of tests and support for Celiac and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. Step 2 is to do a diet elimination of reactive foods for 3 months or until symptoms clear up and then slowly reintroduce them one by one to discover which foods are triggering your symptoms.
Trust me, there is plenty to eat! Animal protein, tons of veggies, fruits, good fats and some nuts & seeds. I personally removed everything on the above list except eggs and potatoes and slowly reintroduced one new item every few days. When I ate a corn tortilla, I had a really bad stomach ache that night. I took everything out again for a few days and reintroduced corn, this time corn chips and again, I had a stomach ache all night. Having corn in different forms really made me miserable. I was only able to discover this by taking everything out till I felt great, then slowly reintroducing one new food at a time.
I did this by doing the Whole30 Cleanse, they have tons of free resources online.
According to Dr. Vikki Petersen from HealthNow Medical Center, it is best to remove these foods for three months to allow the gut proper time to heal plus you want to remove any possible infections, boost the gut with probiotics, handle any nutritional or enzyme deficiencies, balance hormones and remove any toxins or heavy metals in the body.
In addition, the food that helps rebuild your gut are regular consumption of bone broth rich meals, fermented foods like coconut kefir and cultured vegetables and gut healing supplements like L-glutamine, gelatin and collagen. I am currently taking Leaky Gut Support by Dr. Axe.
Eating foods that cause inflammation will not allow your gut to heal so it is very important to get out the triggers so you can reap the benefits of these rebuilding foods.
Set aside time to do your elimination diet or Whole30 Cleanse when there are no holidays or events going on. If you are ready, that is great! Get going and don’t look back!!!
If you me need me to guide you through an elimination diet, contact me here and we will get started right away!
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