Is the food you are eating impacting your personal best?
Do you ever find yourself feeling low on energy or worn out before your work out is done? Have you noticed that you just don’t seem to be “bouncing back” quite the same any more after a long run?
Everyday we are continually being exposed to toxins from many sources such as the air we breath, the cleaning products we use and especially through the food we eat. The more our food becomes processed and refined the more chemicals and “non-food” ingredients end up getting added in. This over load of toxins is a real burden on the body. The digestive system is particularly vulnerable, as it’s one of our first line of defence against these foreign products.
Exposure to toxins through our diet, combined with stress levels from daily life can have a dramatically negative effect on the digestive system and cause the tissues of this system to weaken. This degeneration can lead to food sensitivities.
When we hear the term food sensitivities we commonly think of them presenting symptomatically as digestive concerns (eg. gas, bloating, diarrhea, heart burn), but this isn’t always the case.
Sensitivities to food can result in many different reactions in the body including:
- Joint pain
- Nasal/sinus congestion
- Reduced recovery time from injury
Being a runner and someone who depends on achieving a high level of physical activity from the body you can understand the detrimental effect any of these symptoms may have on overall physical performance.
While it’s vital to minimize your exposure to external toxins in order to eliminate the cause of food sensitivities, it’s also essential to avoid the foods that are currently irritating the digestive system and causing symptoms throughout the body. When the aggravating foods are continually eaten, the tissues of the digestive system are in a chronically inflamed and irritated state. Removing the offending foods from the diet allows the body time to heal.
There is not a specific food that is aggravating for everyone. Each of us is unique and will react to different foods in our own way. “One mans food is another mans poison.”
The best way to determine your personal food sensitivities is by doing a simple test. This test can be performed by a Naturopathic Doctor and depending on the type of test you choose you could have your results the same day. One of the tests we use is called Electrodermal Screening.
By working with a Naturopathic Doctor to identify and relieve food sensitivities will not only enrich your over all well being, but will also enhance your stamina, endurance, performance and recovery.
Written by: Jennifer Kaster B.Sc., N.D. Oakville