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  • Reasons behind sudden food-sensitivities?

    This is a slightly medical question, but the GP or specialists were not able to give me a straight answer, so I thought I'd ask here:
    After the birth of my 3rd child 8 months ago, I suddenly developed food-sensitivities I have never had before. All of a sudden i could no longer eat nuts, almonds and cashews in particular. I can no longer eat kiwi. Occasionally acidic food like lemon or tomatoes will give me a reaction. I get a strong, burning pain in my gut approx 2 hours after eating the food-item, pain lasting 2-3 hours, followed by diarrhea.
    Does anyone know if this sudden on-set is an early sign of worse things to come? (like auto-immune disease etc) I assume it's linked to years of a diet littered with sugar and bad fats? If anyone knows links to articles about this, I would appreciate it too!

  • #2
    There are some reports of allergies developing after pregnancies, sometimes subsiding after "some time", sometimes not. I haven't really found anything concrete, though.

    You could try asking Chris Kresser or Paul Jaminet. I think Chris typically charges a consultation, but you may be able to get away with a quick freebie, with the more detailed follow-up being what costs you. Paul is more than happy to answer any questions that are sent his way. Both follow the research very closely and if the answer is out there I'm confident one of them will have it.

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    • #3
      When that happened to me (and it was nuts and fruit that particularly set me off), it was leaky gut. I was perplexed because things that I had eaten for years, such as cashews, suddenly gave me an allergic reaction. I cured it with high-grade bovine colostrum... the Surthrival brand.
      "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TigerLily View Post
        When that happened to me (and it was nuts and fruit that particularly set me off), it was leaky gut. I was perplexed because things that I had eaten for years, such as cashews, suddenly gave me an allergic reaction. I cured it with high-grade bovine colostrum... the Surthrival brand.
        That's me! Cashews and almonds in particular! See I have been worried about leaky gut, and it's a pre-cursor for anti-inflammatory disease like hyperthyroid. Thats what worries me.
        Where can you buy bovine colostrum? How long do you take it for, and how did you know you were cured?

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        • #5
          I have heard of people getting celiac's after pregnancy. Very interesting. I don't know why, though.
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          • #6
            Pregnancy causes massive immune system shifts that can trigger or heighten reactions to foods (esp. if the gut is already leaky) and it's also common for autoimmune diseases to be triggered by pregnancy (my friend developed Hashimoto's during her pregnancy).
            http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hazyjane View Post
              Pregnancy causes massive immune system shifts that can trigger or heighten reactions to foods (esp. if the gut is already leaky) and it's also common for autoimmune diseases to be triggered by pregnancy (my friend developed Hashimoto's during her pregnancy).
              Very interesting. The sensitivities became the moment I started eating Primal again, 10 weeks after birth. The pain was so bad I gave up, and ate sweets and junk out of pure despair until bub was 7 months old. I can manage it now but have to make sure all nuts are activated, and I have to avoid really acidic food.
              I will do some googling on leaky gut and see what natural therapies there are other than pro-biotics.

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              • #8
                I developed sudden food allergies about 3 years ago have minimized or completely reversed them; well, except gluten. I likely have Celiac's now triggered from a virus.

                You need to heal your gut asap or else you will likely have more auto-immune problems. You can do a search on the board and will find some good info. Perfect Health Diet is a good resource in addition to MDA.

                Quick run down of my healing protocol:
                GAPS diet and eventually transition back to Primal
                Good probiotics like VSL#3 or Custom Probiotics
                Adrenal support from Dr. James Wilson, including herbal formula and Adrenal Rebuilder
                Core Level Health Reserve multi plus amino acids
                Magnesium, chelated
                Fermented Cod Liver / Butter oil
                Regular movement, as in several days a week
                Meditation of some sort. I get a form of this through yoga and Qi Gong so 2 birds with 1 stone.

                Good luck!

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                • #9
                  So dairy is out? I've just emailed my herbalist for some advice on adrenal health, she's an expert on gut-issues!

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                  • #10
                    My celiac suddenly worsened during pregnancy, and the AS flared up. I am doing SCD/ GAPs at the moment.
                    Gluten intolerance and hypermobility syndrome http://www.cfids.org/pdf/joint-hypermobility-guide.pdf

                    Eat food. Mostly real. Enjoy life.

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                    • #11
                      I did a quick-read on GAPS, is the main-difference from PB that dairy is out?

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