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Food Allergy or Food Intolerance? Part 2

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Amy Pereira, BA, CHNC

Enzymedica Educator

In the second half of Amy’s article on food allergy versus food intolerance, we explore phenol intolerance. We’ll learn about the enzymes that may best support those with phenol intolerance or multiple/combination intolerances.* Amy will also show how probiotics and other diet and lifestyle choices can help manage food intolerances and support digestive health.*

Part 2

Dr. Rosemary Waring noted that phenol intolerance frequently affects those with autism and other neurological conditions in addition to those who are considered neurologically typical1. This intolerance involves an inability to properly process phenols. Widespread in plants–but particularly high in blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, peppers, legumes, raisins, pecans and cinnamon–phenols provide beneficial antioxidant activity.2 However, for individuals with faulty phenol processing, high-phenol foods, plus food additives and colorings high in phenols or phenol-like salicylates, must often be avoided. Complete abstinence is difficult although cellulase and xylanase supplements may offer the ability to better tolerate phenols. Enzymedica’s Carb-Gest is designed around the enzymes cellulase and xylanase with phenol intolerance in mind.

But what about those who experience gluten, casein, lactose and phenol intolerance, or any combination thereof? Enzymedica’s Digest Spectrum contains significant lactase, DPP-IV, cellulase and xylanase, plus additional enzymes. One product can eliminate purchasing multiple formulas to help with food intolerances and apprehension about cross-contamination from dining out. Supplementing potentially deficient enzymes may offer more wiggle room around mealtime, among other great benefits!

While fans consider digestive enzymes magic bullets, the magic of these catalysts is that they help break the bonds that hold foods together. These bonds must be dismantled to free nutrients from within foods and render them useable by our bodies. When we properly break bonds and reduce food’s particle size, we support optimal utilization of meals and may even decrease the likelihood of symptoms associated with intolerance.*

In addition to enzymes, moderation and rotation can be useful. Defining what moderation means and cultivating contentment with occasional “treats” may prevent cycles of deprivation and rebound over-indulgence. Food rotation involves avoiding ingestion of biologically related foods more than once every four to eight days. Rotation can help prevent constant barrages of foods to which we respond poorly3 and allow us to gain greater varieties of nutrients through increased dietary diversity.

Probiotics are also vital. A healthy gut hosts ~70% of our immune system and hundreds of types of good bacteria. Probiotics can encourage a healthy immune system, promote digestive health, and even make enzymes!* Probiotics naturally occur in fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchee, miso, kefir and kombucha. However today’s diets typically lack raw, unprocessed, enzyme-rich and probiotic-rich choices. Fortunately, Pro-Bio delivers a blend of eight well-researched probiotic strains. In addition, three Enzymedica digestive formulas deliver enzymes and probiotics in a single capsule!

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1 Biomedical Sulfate PST. (2011). AutismCanada.org. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from http://www.autismcanada.org/treatments/biomed/sulfate.html

2 Wu, X. et. al. (2004). Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Antioxidant Capacities of Common Foods in the United States. J. Agric. Food Chem. vol. 52, pp. 4029-4035

3 How to Use a Rotation Diet. (2011, January 1). How to Use a Rotation Diet; Food-Allergy.org. Retrieved May 30, 2014, from http://www.food-allergy.org/rotation.html

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