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Understanding Food Sensitivities

Understanding Food Sensitivities

March 03, 2014

Many people have sensitivities to certain food types, however not all sensitivities are equal. Generally, dietary problems are split into two categories – those that are triggered by an immune response, and intestinal-related food intolerance. Immune system related sensitivities are a response to a protein that your body has taken a dislike to, and has determined is a harmful invader. Its common response is to create an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). The next time you encounter this protein, your immune system calls out the troops by releasing IgE antibodies to fight the incoming “bad” protein, and triggering the release.... [Read More...]

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Probiotics and the Breakdown of Lactose

Probiotics and the Breakdown of Lactose

July 08, 2013

Milk is a good source of calcium and protein but not all adults can tolerate milk and other dairy foods. That’s because they may have a common condition called lactose intolerance. What is lactose intolerance and why does it make it so hard to tolerate dairy foods? Lactose is a natural sugar in milk and dairy products. Lactose is two simple sugars, glucose and galactose linked together.  To break down lactose into a form that can be absorbed by intestinal cells, you need ample quantities of an enzyme called lactase. Lactase is an enzyme secreted by cells in the small.... [Read More...]

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