I came across an interesting quote in my most recent Advanced Clinical Training in regards to food and its cumulative effect on the body.
Dr. Daniel Palmer, the founder of Chiropractic said, “ingesta (food) which irritates also acts as a poison on the nervous system…” “Any ingesta (food) which causes abnormal functioning is a poison.” “The continued use of one article of food may act as a poison upon the nervous system.”
I have never seen this framed so perfectly.
Daily in my office we see people who struggle with their health heavily due to food intolerances. Once we get their diet straightened out and support the areas of the body that need rebuilding, we see food intolerances being handled over time. What’s worse is that people don’t know what’s causing them.
From my clinical experience, it’s what Dr. Palmer says above, the cumulative continued consumption of the same foods, namely, the top four allergens: wheat/grains, dairy, eggs, and sugar.
When I ask my clients for a food record, they answer with, “Oh, I could just tell you–I eat the same things all the time.”
Yes and no.
Yes, they eat the same kinds of food, though they do have a bit of variety. Not often enough variety, though they vary how (unknowingly) they get those same food groups in.
For example, toast with cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, and pasta for dinner. The common denominator? Wheat.
Milk with cereal for breakfast, cheese on sandwich, yogurt for lunch, and sour cream with dinner. The common denominator? Dairy.
Toast with cereal, milk, and juice for breakfast, cheese on sandwich with chips, a banana and cookie for lunch, and pasta for dinner. The common denominator? Sugar, though they don’t see it as the cookie it the only thing that might stand out to them.
As a society we eat the same things over and over again. We’re on autopilot with our lifestyle and diet and it’s simply not working.
John Lennon said, “Life is what happens when you are making other plans.” We are planning the kindergarten classroom party, graduations, business meetings, family vacations, and the chaos of week to week over scheduling of our family life. Inside of that we are living off coffee, sugar and very little sleep. Our adrenal glands are suffering, our endocrine system goes kaput and women wonder why their cycles are so awful.
When we don’t stop to manage what we put into our body-every day-something else happens…disease, pain, fatigue and anxiety.
By getting the support you need, you can put an end to that rat race of a cycle, find out what foods work for you and what don’t, and slowly rehabilitate that “temple” you were so proud of in your early twenties.
Now that you’re wondering if you have a food intolerance, what’s your next step?