Food sensitivities can be acute or can be delayed. In the case of adrenal fatigue, most of the time we see people that have problems taking certain foods. But their problem is not right away, it's not an emergency situation. They don't get shortness of breath and anaphylactic shock, that type of situation. What they do develop is that they eat a certain food and then there is a delay. Maybe one day, maybe two days. Their body will start to be more fatigued and more anxious, brain fog will come on.
So this is the type of slow onset that is quite characteristic of adrenal fatigue. Now, this type of delayed food sensitivity is related to an immunoglobulin, what we call IgG mediated. So it is very different from the acute, what we call food allergies that people think of such as peanuts where people stop breathing, so this is not the same kind. This kind is very slow, progressive, you know it doesn't make you really bad all of a sudden, but slowly, slowly it gets worse. And if you don't take care of it, this type of food sensitivity, especially to dairy products, corn, wheat, gluten, and even soy, can get worse.
The threshold for stimulating these problems can get lower, so with each successive food sensitivity episode such as headaches, irritability I talked earlier, brain fog, you know, the more you're exposed to these kinds of food, the lower the amount of the food is necessary to generate the same amount of sensitivity; and you can track this.
Now bear in mind these symptoms are the symptoms of very advanced adrenal fatigue. These are not your normal early stage adrenal fatigue symptoms, so don't get confused. When these symptoms happen, the body is already in a state of disarray, usually, internally. It is not very happy, it is sometimes throwing what we call a temper tantrum along the way, and you know some days you will feel better, some days you will feel worse; but over time, you will notice that the body will get more and more weak and will not be able to tolerate these foods; and it can take years and decades.
I said earlier the most common is corn, wheat, and dairy products, so the first thing you do is to be able to recognize that this is a problem that can be related to adrenal fatigue.
Often times, food testing is not that accurate and even if it shows up that way it often times is not a solution, meaning you many many foods are going to be problematic, not just a few. The simplest way is just to avoid corn, wheat, gluten, as we mentioned earlier dairy, and let's see how the body reacts. But know that delayed food sensitivity is related to adrenal fatigue; and the reason is because the body is in a slowdown mode.
Remember we're talking about advanced adrenal fatigue now, we're not talking about your early adrenal fatigue. In advanced adrenal fatigue, the body slows down, assimilation goes down and the gut biome is disrupted. There's dysbiosis going on, pH will be disrupted. Food breakdown is going to be compromised, and as a result, food particles becomes bigger and you have these sensitivities that're going to come on, because bigger food particles that are not broken down means that it's harder for the liver to work, and even though the liver works very, very hard, the excessive metabolites cause toxic reactions. And these toxic reactions, if it's not resolved over a period of time or allowed to continue over time will cause more problems. And that's why a lot of people with food sensitivities usually have a sense of adrenal issues along the way and know this is important to help formulate the overall picture of what adrenal fatigue is all about.