Optimal Nutrition: Adapting your Diet based on your Intolerances
To avoid gluten, milk or eggs is healthy for some people, but it isn’t necessarily good for everyone. Do you know how to find your optimal nutrition?
‘You are what you eat’ – it’s not only a popular saying, but it also means that you need to eat proper food, which is good for you, in order to be fit and healthy. So the questions are: What type of food is good? Does everyone have to consume the same food to be fit and healthy? The answer is NO.
It’s no secret that you need to optimize your nutrition to be the best version of yourself. Nevertheless, nutrition is probably the most discussed topic in the health industry. High Carb, High Fat, Low Carb, Low Fat, Ketogene Diet – the variety of nutritional advice is immense.
We get our energy mainly from three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat – regardless which composition they are in. Vitamins, mineral nutrients and enzymes are more or less the ultimate boosters of our metabolism.
“To eat real food, to not eat too much and to mainly stick with plant-based foods”, that is more or less the overall advice. Why do so many people still have problems with their digestion, skin, increase in weight or overall health, in spite of an apparently optimal nutrition?
Healthy gut – healthy you: Your fitness starts in your gut
Your gut is more than just an alimentary organ. It’s one of the most important parts of the immune system. Mental stress, overstraining, antibiotics or simply bad nutritional habits can overload your gut. Most of the time the consequences aren’t really obvious, which is why so many athletes don’t know where their problems actually come from. Symptoms can reach from abdominal pains to chronic fatigue, decreased performance or skin problems. People often don’t know their symptoms are caused by their gut and that’s why the can’t treat it the right way.
The problem is a leaky gut
One consequence of an overload of the digestive system is the leaky gut syndrome. A leaky gut is more or less an increased intestinal permeability, which causes the immune system to react to germs, toxins, and other substances, just like certain foods. There are different food intolerances – lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, or an intolerant reaction to proteins of certain foods like gluten or casein. Lactose or fructose intolerances can be diagnosed by a hydrogen breath test. Intolerances to certain food proteins, like gluten or casein, can be tested by doing an easy blood test you can do at home.
Good news: you can get rid of food intolerances
Once you know which food is good for you and even more importantly so, which food isn’t good for you, you can optimize your gut health. The stabilization of the intestinal mucosa is essential for a succesful therapy. The other part of therapy is an elimination diet for a certain period of time. The duration of the elimination diet depends on the grade of intolerance you have. After 2-6 month you can reintegrate the food into your diet. The majority of people usually gets rid of chronic symptoms and health issues caused by food after a consequent elimination diet.
Every human is unique, which is why each and every one has their own optimal nutrition. Do you know which foods are good or bad for you? Find your optimal nutrition, increase your fitness level and feel healthier with the kiweno nutrition test and test your intolerances easily from home.