Can you have too much of a good thing?
Did you know that by eating too much of one food you may develop an intolerance to it.
Intolerance is different to allergy.
- A food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. It can cause a range of symptoms.
- A food intolerance has symptoms which are less serious and often limited to digestive problems.
An example of this is:
Eating toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, bread with dinner, maybe reaching for the bread for snacks during the day as well.
Too much bread!
Gluten can be the problem here. Too much and the body rebels! Gluten can be a problem for many even with small amounts – everyone’s body reacts differently.
Maybe that’s not such a good example, so here is a another example:
Eating natural yoghurt in large amounts;
I had it for breakfast with oats and dried fruit.
I had it for a snack with nuts and seeds,
I dolloped a spoonful on top of porridge or chilli beans…
In fact I had it a lot!
I loved the creamy freshness of it and of course it was a natural product, full of healthy bacteria so what could be the problem?
I developed stomach issues. Boating and pain.
Once I’d worked out what was causing it I removed yoghurt completely from my diet and my stomach issues went away.
About 6 months later I could eat yoghurt again without getting stomach problems…but I remembered.
You can have too much of a good thing!
Variety is the key to getting a full quota of nutrients into your diet and also to avoiding intolerance to foods.
If you suffer with bloating, stomach cramps, wind, constipation etc and need some help, get in touch with Penny who can help you to identify possible causes.
Email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org