Candida Related Complex and Food Allergies
by TL Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
Food allergies, food intolerance and candida commonly go hand in hand. Candida myceila (in its fungal form) causes damage to your intestinal lining which can worsen or trigger food intolerance and allergies. This can increase food and environmental allergies and intolerance.
Symptoms of food intolerance may include any one of many physical, mental or emotional responses. Identifying a relationship to a food, a combination of foods or an environmental condition requires some sleuthing and, likely the help of a food diary.
Worsening allergies or temporary intolerance
Food sensitivities can flair up during candida recovery for the first time and can either be temporary or long lasting. It is also possible that long standing allergies could be discovered for the first time during a candida recovery program. Even if you were unaware of intolerance or allergies, they could still be affecting your health in a chronic way.
Can they be completely resolved?
As you cleanse your bowels and liver, remove the toxic strain from the candida metabolism; boost your digestive and immune health and clean up your environment, your level of health can rise well above what it was before you developed symptoms.
In many cases, food intolerance can be completely resolve. In the case of long standing allergies or more serious intolerance, even if you do not completely recover from them, you may find that some allergens can be healthfully consumed on a rotational basis once your candida levels and overall inflammation have been reduced.
Allergic/intolerance reactions involve a broad range of reactions and immune chemicals involved include: histamine, bradykinin, leukotriences, prostaglandins, immune complexes and thromboxin. Each one of these substances has a particular defensive role to play in 'protecting' your body from foreign substances.
The associated biochemical actions often result in uncomfortable symptoms like swelling, itching, pain, nausea, blood vessel dilation, diarrhea, etc. The list of potential symptoms from exposure to food allergies and intolerance are surprisingly diverse.
Symptoms of Food or Food Additive Intolerance may include:
- Impaired comprehension (brain fog)
- Aphasia (inability to find words)
- Mood swings
- Impaired coordination
- Respiratory Problems
- Violent behavior
- Skin Problems
- Circulatory Problems
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Gastrointestinal Symptoms
Some of the above symptoms can also be triggered by reactions to environmental chemicals, molds or electromagnetic pollution.
Real food allergies vs food intolerance
There is controversy about what can be labelled an 'allergy' in medical terms.The medically defined allergic reaction is the IgE antibody-mediated reaction. However, over 80% of food reactions do not involve IgE. If your body produces an IgE antibody as a defense against a substance, the allergy can be easily diagnosed with a skin scratch test. Reactions to exposures to IgE allergies vary from asymptomatic to life threatening.
These allergies usually manifest symptoms within several seconds to several hours after exposure. There are other types of immune reactions to substances that can affect the body/mind in different ways. Even some strong and consistent reactions may not be recognized by some medical professionals as allergy. Also, some reactions are delayed or accumulative, especially when the symptoms are due to inflammation, which takes some time to worsen.
If you need to take a closer look at what might be interfering with how well you feel, and your medical testing reveals no clues, you may wish to find an Environmental Medicine specialists or Naturopathic Physicians.
In the information below I will refer to actual antibody mediated allergies as "allergies" and to non-antibody-mediated reactions as “intolerance" or “reactions”. When referring to the substance that cause either of these reactions, I will refer to them as “allergens”.
Other antibody allergy-like reactions
There are four other types of antibodies; IgG, IgM, IgA, and IgD. Any one of them or none of them may can be involved in a negative reaction to foods. These types of reactions will not be identified using the standard scratch test.
Even if a reaction is non-antibody-mediated, it may be severe. It can be either immediate or delayed and can take from seconds to several hours or days to appear, making them harder to trace.
Leaky Gut Syndrome and the Birth of an Allergy
If CRC is long term, the fungal mycelia weaken the intestinal wall, reducing its integrity. Sometimes this causes a dysfunctional level of permeability called, Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS).
Chronic intestinal stress from candida toxins, putrefaction and related indigestion can inflame the intestinal wall and make it extra-reactive to irritation from antagonistic foods. If the wall becomes permeable undigested food substances can leak into the bloodstream.
Undigested food is treated as a foreign substances by the immune system because it is accustomed to nourishment in the form of hydrocarbons (amino acids, simple sugars and fatty acids). Thus it triggers a rejection by the body in the form of specialized immune cells. The body can then develop a memory of the food and develop antibodies to it, creating an allergy.
A leaky gut related food allergy can form when the candida is killed off. The roots (or mycelia) that hold the fungus onto the intestinal wall shrink and then release from the intestinal membrane. This can leave intestinal perforations behind.
Smooth Operator is an amazing, gut soothing, anti-inflammatory product developed to help reduce susceptibility to the impacts of food allergies. Other options include digestive bitters and/or digestive enzymes to enhance digestive function.
Four-day rotation diet
If you are experiencing an increase in allergic or intolerance responses to your foods, a hypoallergenic, four-day rotation diet may be helpful. It is sometimes recommended during a candida purge because eating foods less frequently can reduce the potential for the immune system to develop defenses against them.
This article has been revised from an article previously written by Tarilee Cornish. Tarilee is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in pure, ethically-sourced foods, immune and digestive recovery and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth.
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