How Cryotherapy Can Help you Manage Your Food Sensitivity
Food allergies are more common in infants than in adults but food intolerance is more prevalent in adults. In general, adults have more compromised digestive function due to stress, the intake of alcohol, and the use of drugs like NSAIDs such as aspirin. In addition, the production of digestive enzymes and digestive function becomes more sluggish with age.
Inflammation also increases with age (and may actually be the source of aging!) causing more and more food intolerances.
Inflammation is a natural reaction to the stress put on our body from infections, injuries, and illnesses, as it uses the inflammation to help protect us from further harm. Generally speaking, inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process. However, there are some medical conditions that may cause faulty or overtly inflammatory responses such as arthritis, obesity, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, psoriasis, asthma, eosinophilic esophagitis, colitis, heart disease, etc.
By eating an anti-inflammatory diet it can also help reduce the risk of becoming obese and reduce exacerbating some of the symptoms of some of the illnesses mentioned. Additionally, chronic inflammation can result in developing atherosclerosis, periodontitis, hay fever, and certain cancers such as colorectal cancer.
Helpful foods and drinks to incorporate as part of an anti-inflammatory diet:
- Plenty of green leafy vegetables: kale, spinach, collard greens
- Nutrition-dense vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower
- Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
- Fresh and frozen fruits such as cherries, blueberries, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, and dark red grapes
- Beans and lentils
- Good fats such as avocado, coconut, and extra virgin olive oil
- Nuts such as almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, and walnuts
- Spices and herbs such as turmeric and cinnamon
- Dark chocolate
- Green tea
- Red wine in moderation
Keep away from or at least greatly reduce the intake of:
- Processed Meats
- Processed snack foods such as chips and crackers
- Fast foods
- Sugary drinks such as sodas, juices, ice teas, etc.
- Trans fats found in fried foods
- White bread and white pasta
- Soybean oil and vegetable oil
- Reduce your gluten intake
- Desserts such as cake, cookies, and ice cream
- Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum
Whole-body cryotherapy can actually reduce food intolerances and heal “leaky gut” by reducing inflammation throughout the GI tract: in the stomach, small and large intestine. By reducing inflammation caused by allergens, stress, or another disease process, the gut is able to heal and become less porous. Food intolerances actually decrease because reactive food molecules are unable to enter the bloodstream and cause symptoms such as hives, eczema, rosacea, rash, GI discomfort, congestion, wheezing, etc.
Whole-body cryotherapy effectively reduces inflammation throughout the body, reducing symptoms of aging and can significantly decrease food intolerances—allowing you to eat the foods you love without negative side effects.
Whole-body cryotherapy can reduce food allergy and intolerance symptoms in three important ways:
- Food allergy symptoms arise due to the immune system producing histamine. Whole-body cryotherapy reduces histamine production which suppresses food allergy symptoms.
- Inflammation in the stomach, small and large intestine cause “leaky gut” syndrome whereby food molecules enter the bloodstream and cause symptoms such as eczema, rosacea, hives, rash, congestion, wheezing, fatigue, etc. Whole-body cryotherapy reduces inflammation allowing the GI tract to heal and become less porous. Food allergy & intolerance symptoms can be significantly reduced or eliminated.
- Reactive food molecules such as gluten, soy, dairy, nuts, etc can cause inflammation in the GI tract leading to GI discomfort and other symptoms. Whole-body cryotherapy can suppress this inflammation, reducing, and/or eliminating the associated symptoms.