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#911721 Desensitizing The "other Food Intolerances"

Posted by on 07 April 2014 - 07:56 PM

I decided to eat most of those foods only once every 8 days.  I've actually developed new delayed food allergies to some foods that I was eating once every 4 days.  That happened with allergenic foods - seeds and nuts mostly. 


I had the same issue. I was doing a 4 day rotation diet to avoid developing further sensitivities, and In spite of this, I had developed new sensitivities (primarily to high protein foods). I found what worked for me, is limiting the protein content to 15 - 20 grams, of a given food, on a 4 day rotation. This makes sense when you consider the theory behind "leaky gut". As we know, allergies are developed against proteins, so naturally, the more protein antigens that pass through a hyper-permeable GI tract, the more likely an immune response will develop. It seems there is a certain threshold of antigens which the immune system will tolerate before sensitization occurs. So the idea behind a rotation diet, would be to keep the antigen concentrations for a given food below that threshold. Here is an image I copied out of an immunology book, which seems to relate nicely:




Also, Its been shown that following an allergic reaction in the GI tract, the intestines become more permeable (leaky). I can say for certain in my experience, I am more prone to developing further sensitivities soon after I have a big reaction (by eating a big portion of a food I am sensitive to). So that's something to keep in mind.

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#862212 Bacterial Dysbiosis/leaky Gut

Posted by on 06 April 2013 - 02:53 PM



First off, bacterial dysbiosis and leaky gut are not the same thing. Bacterial dysbiosis is one of the known causes of a leaky gut.


The problem with having a leaky gut is, large particles of food proteins can slip into your bloodstream, and your immune system seeing these proteins as foreign, will over time develop an allergy to them.


Now once you have an allergy to a food, any time you eat that food your immune system will respond by causing inflammation. Inflammation can manifest itself in many different symptoms, including achy joints, fatigue, brain-fog etc..


So the key is avoid any foods you are currently "allergic" to (which should make you feel better), and prevent further allergies from developing so your leaky gut can finally heal.


A very effective way of achieving this is by implementing a rotation diet. The benefits are two-fold:


  • By rotating your foods, your body does not get bombarded by the same proteins day after day, and therefor it is less likely to develop an allergy to them.
  • By eating a given food only once every 4th day, it helps to unmask any allergies to the foods you are currently eating. More specifically, since you are not consuming the same foods every day, when you do consume a food you are allergic to, you will experience a much stronger and acute reaction, and you will know to eliminate that food.

In addition to this, I would suggest replacing olive oil with coconut oil. Why? Olive oil has a good amount of omega 6  in it, which is a known promoter of inflammation. I would also suggest taking fish oil daily, as it contains omega 3, which is useful for reducing inflammation, and is proven to help with anxiety and depression. 

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#844632 Needing Help With A Rotation Diet

Posted by on 22 December 2012 - 11:11 AM


I have been having symptoms of leaky gut for about 2 months now after getting better from a gluten free diet. Since it started I have switched to a whole foods diet and removed all dairy, corn, soy, eggs, rice, nightshades, nuts, legumes and grains and also coconuts, bananas and avocados. Since I have been trying to prevent weight loss while on this diet I had been eating A LOT of peanut butter, but then became intolerant to it after a while and decided to cut it out. I then switched to almond butter, but became intolerant to that too not long after. Because of this I decided to just cut out all nuts and legumes, but I'm wondering if that is necessary. If i have a reaction to almonds does that mean I'll have reactions to other nuts? Same with grains, I recently cut out white rice, so does that mean I should avoid all other grains like brown rice, quinoa amaranth etc.

No. It is not necessary to cut all legumes or all grains because you have developed an intolerance to some. What happens when you have a leaky gut, is large particles of food can escape the digestion and enter the bloodstream. So if you are eating a food very often this will cause a large amount of the said food to circulate in your bloodstream. Now the immune system seeing these particles as foreign proteins, develops anti-bodies against the food protein, and the next time you consume it your body will mount an immune response against it.

I can say from experience, I am currently intolerant to almonds (from over-eating them), yet I can eat cashews no problem so long I as I rotate it.

I'm just wondering because after 2 weeks of not eating banana after suspecting I was intolerant I decided to try eating one and got a pretty severe reaction, then the next day when I ate an avocado I had just as bad a reaction to that when I had been fine with them before. I'm pretty scared of experimenting with food that I'm not too sure of so I would just like some advice first from anyone who has any experience with this :)

Are you sure you are not experiencing a delayed reaction to another food, and you are wrongly blaming it on banana or avocado? The reason I ask, is I noticed when I react to a food, it could take a day to begin to see a reaction, and the reaction gets progressively worse over the next few days before it subsides. So it could be you are reacting to a different food without knowing it. I would recommend keeping a daily log of your food intake and symptoms, this way over time you can notice patterns and find the true culprits.

I can say from my experience, the foods I most often became intolerant to where foods with a high protein content. And foods like apples and bananas, even when I was eating them every day, I did not become reactive to them. Im not saying that is the case with you, but its something to consider.

Also I'm just wondering is it possible to have leaky gut without anything else like parasites or candida? My symptoms aren't too severe I just have
atigue, pretty bad swelling in my stomach and increasing intolerances that make me feel very sick for a day or 2. My stomach pain and gas went away after I dropped corn and milk, but I know I haven't improved much because other intolerances keep popping up

Yes. It most definitely is possible. I have no parasites or candida issue, but I am fairly certain I have a leaky gut.

Are you currently doing a rotation diet? If not, I would suggest immediately starting a 4 day rotation diet, as that will prevent you from developing further intolerance's, as well as help you discover current intolerance's. When you have a leaky gut, you can become intolerant to any food you eat too often. In my case I became intolerant to salmon, brown rice, almonds, sweet potatoes, ground beef and more.

Here are a few good links on the 4 day rotation diet:


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#841487 How Do You Heal Your Leaky Gut? Ready To Move On!

Posted by on 07 December 2012 - 06:29 AM

I believe the first step in healing a leaky gut is to stop causing further inflammation. So long long as your body is still being irritated by foods you are consuming, it will not have the chance to heal. With that said, here is what I would do:

First, do an elimination diet and remove any foods you find yourself currently reacting to. Once you have removed all foods you are currently sensitive to, the next step would be to do a 4 day rotation diet with the foods you can still tolerate.

The purpose of a rotation diet is to prevent further food allergies/sensitivities from developing, by not over-exposing yourself to foods. The theory is, when one has a leaky gut they are more prone to developing new food sensitivities, since incomplete food particles are entering your bloodstream, and your body seeing them as foreign develops antibodies against them.

Once you have a successful rotation diet where you are no longer provoking reactions, then I would look into supplementation. The supplements I have seen most recommended for healing leaky gut are

omega 3 fish oil

I have a thread detailing my current rotation diet which you may find helpful - http://www.celiac.co...-sensitivities/
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#841091 Help With Rotation Diet And Food Sensitivities

Posted by on 05 December 2012 - 08:05 AM

On a slightly off-hand note, I have come across a great book called "alternative approach to allergies" by "Dr Theron Randolph", which deals with delayed foods allergies/food sensitivities and rotation diets. Here is a little tidbit from it which relates very strongly to my situation:

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#840761 Help With Rotation Diet And Food Sensitivities

Posted by on 03 December 2012 - 06:19 PM

Slight update:

Since I started the rotation diet I have been keeping a log of all my meals for every day, as well as any corresponding symptoms on that day or the next. Because of this I was able to pinpoint the cause for my latest flare-ups, and remove it from my diet. The culprit turned out to be green-peas, which is a food I was eating frequently (prior to starting the rotation diet). This proves the point, that in sensitive people it is possible to develop a sensitivy/allergy to practically any food if over-exposed to it.

Since cutting it out, I have been seeing my symptoms continue to reduce, and I have begun taking some supplements to further the healing process. (glutamine, zinc).

If you are dealing with a similar situation, I highly recommend keeping a food log which you can always go back to to find offending foods and notice repeating patterns.
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