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Obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are all on the rise.

Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia; increasing at a faster rate than other chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. All types of diabetes are increasing in prevalence:

  • Type 1 diabetes accounts for 10% of all diabetes and is increasing
  • Type 2 diabetes accounts for 85% of all diabetes and is increasing
  • Gestational diabetes in pregnancy is increasing (ref Diabetes Australia)

We all know this is happening but what we do not know is why?

We are no longer hunters and gatherers we have swapped them for play stations, mobile phones, iPads, computers and a sedentary desk job.

Our food sources do not contain enough quality protein and fibre instead a quick fix carb meal when late from the office or a 30 minute lunch break consists of pot noodles, microwave macaroni or even worse – burgers and fries!

Children and Excess Weight

Our children spend hours on their play stations, watching t.v. or surfing the net on their own mobile phone instead of getting outdoors enjoying nature and sunshine.  A staggering percentage of infants at the age of two years know how to navigate an iPad!!!  How easy is it to swipe up, left or right?

Statistics show now that the average age of a person at risk for developing diabetes is 40.  Diabetes used to be an ‘old persons disease’ not any more.

If you are worried that your children might be carrying unnecessary weight then look to their lifestyle are they getting out and about and playing, running around and what kind of foods are they eating?  Watch the snacks not only from a calorie point of view but also from an allergy point of view.  When a child suffers with food intolerances/sensitivities they are not easy to pinpoint. The underlying causes of weight gain manifest from inflammation from the gut.  If allergies are present so is inflammation.

This leads us on to our next topic excess weight gain and how is it connected to Food Intolerance (IgG).

How is Excess Weight connected to IgG Food Intolerances ?

The relationship between obesity and IgG

An IgG food allergy may intensify such inflammatory processes by the production of messenger proteins like TNF-alpha. (a messenger substance which blocks the receptors for insulin). This action impedes the cell’s energy supply. The blood sugar present in the blood cannot be transported into the cell for energy. The liver transforms the blood sugar into fatty acids which are then deposited into the fat cells.

The blockage of the insulin receptors results in more insulin being released and therefore increases the insulin concentration which inhibits the reconversion of fatty acids into blood sugar.

Energy consumption decreases as the individual cells have less energy at their disposal, cell activity is reduced, the basal metabolic rate slows down and the quantity of calories used at rest diminishes.

The identification of foodstuffs that may trigger inflammatory conditions could offer a good possibility to exert a positive influence on the inflammation process through a corresponding change in diet.

IgG seems to be the best indicator for identifying a food as being pro-inflammatory. Every time a food comes in contact with a corresponding IgG antibody, an inflammatory response is launched.

What some studies have shown

Studies have shown that an IgG guided diet has a positive effect on weight loss and stabilisation of glucose metabolism.

For example, the study “IgG antibodies against food antigens are correlated with inflammation and intima media thickness in obese juveniles” (Wilders-Truschnig et al. ECED published online 2007; DOI 10.1055/s-2007-993165) showed a significant correlation between obesity, elevated IgG antibodies and inflammation. Thus, elevated IgG levels for food could be involved in the development of excess weight.

Increased weight and obesity are believed to be another cause in the development of food sensitivities.  Inflammation as a result of obesity or increased weight contributes to increased intestinal lining permeability, thereby potentially elevating levels of the IgG antibodies to foods in the blood stream (Neuendorf et al. 2019)

If you are concerned that you may have underlying allergies then we offer numerous allergy tests for you to choose from.

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What if an adult or a child is suffering from a food allergy or intolerance?  

Not so easy to understand and pinpoint!  Food sensitivities are known to create inflammation, water weight gain commonly known as fluid retention there are many reasons which can trigger inflammation and lead to permeability of the gut wall lining which then allows foodstuffs, viruses and bacteria to seep through creating predominantly IgG immune responses.

It is fair to say that obesity is one of the fastest growing chronic diseases and still it continues to rise. Obesity and diabetes will impact on our health and that of our children and it is  becoming already a major contributor in the development of many health conditions such as CVD (cardiovascular disease), diabetes, fatty liver, insulin resistance, oestrogen dominant cancers.  Obesity and cardiovascular disease are well and truly on our radar.

Many people base their resolutions and goals around weight loss and dietary management.  We now know that no single diet is suitable for all  With the wide variety of diets claiming weight loss and health benefits, it’s easy to dismiss the fact that foods within these diets may be causing more harm than good specific to each individual’s food sensitivities.

One useful approach to managing weight gain/obesity is to eliminate foods that are IgG reactive and replace them with similar, non-reactive foods.

This process will ensure that inflammation is kept to a minimum and that nutrient deficiencies do not occur (Lewis et al 2012).

Higher in Chemicals
(In order of Highest Chemical content)

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Capsicum
  • Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Snap Peas
  • Potatoes
Lower in Chemicals
(In order of Lowest Chemical content)

  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Paw Paw
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Rockmelon
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet Potato

Eating Organic Foods

The point remains that we simply don’t know yet what the long-term effects of all the additives and unnatural chemicals is food. This makes many people choose to do what they can now, rather than wait – one of these choices is to eat organically to try to limit their chemical exposure.

What to Look for When Buying Organic

According to the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) it is important to look for the term ‘certified organic’ on your items, as this can only be used by those who are actually producing what you are really looking for.

But it’s more than avoiding the pesticides; organic foods are typically made without synthetic colourings, preservatives, additives or genetically modified ingredients, so there is a bigger picture here to understand especially when it comes to allergy sufferers.

Eating an organic diet is only half the picture.

Organic foods can still cause inflammatory conditions within the gut unless you have identified which foods evoke an IgG pro-inflammatory response.

Tips If You Cannot Afford to Go Organic?

It’s true that going organic has a cost (some say it’s the true cost of food production) so if you cannot stretch to going all organic – you can still make some smarter choices based on those foods likely to contain higher levels of chemicals than others.

You can also:-

  • wash conventionally grown produce as soon as you purchase it
  • use a fruit and veggie wash to help break down the waxes and pesticide residues
  • fruit and veggie wash helps to reduce bacterial contamination
  • buy from local farmers markets
  • buy foods in season
  • choose foods lower in chemical content – see table in the next panel

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