Originally Posted by Astromom
Why was he ok with some food that I ate? If my gut was leaky, then all
the food I ate would be incompletely digested... why was it that we had safe foods at all? Or to put it another way, regardless of who had the intolerances (him or me), why does a leaky guy trigger intolerances only of certain foods? I hope I'm making sense...
There are so many possible iterations, your gut could be leaking worse and worse over time (and thus progressively losing nutrient absorption). Or improve over time with elimination of the culprit foods. Also, we become sensitized to foods when they are recognized as "foreign" in our body. So, if you ate only six foods every day and your gut was leaking, over time your body builds up enough reactivity to the undigested proteins to have more obvious reaction TO THOSE FOODS. Just like with each subsequent exposure, our body is more "experienced" at attacking the allergen. If you ate a lot of a particular (undigestible) food while pregnant, your body would have more histamine reaction when you eat it again and again.
Generally, we have such a varied diet, that we may not trigger an "obvious" symptom of intolerance in ourself, or not even recognize how we feel as "unhealthy". It is just our "normal". And with such a varied diet, it is more difficult to isolate and eliminate the specific foods which are triggers. While on TED, I'd guess that you may not have identified which/all of the foods to which you were intolerant. Or that your body became intolerant of the small number of foods which you consumed on TED.
That is why I believe the "expert" opinion above is so refreshingly progressive! The recognition that the foods we commonly consumed, are most likely to cause reactions, in a leaky gut.
Thus, to decrease reactions, choose the foods which are nutrient dense but not "usual" for our own diet. That is probably why I could consume so much salmon while breastfeeding, when we were avoiding allergens. Salmon hadn't been a "normal" protein for me on a daily basis.
That is also why I believe that rotation with shorter trials offers more opportunity for MORE foods. The more the "bucket" is filled with a potential allergen, the more likely the scales are tipped to *reaction*. So, an exposure daily for four days in a row, seems unnecessarily pushing the envelope, imo. A two day exposure with a four day break, seems much more likely to avoid *reactions* and less intolerance development, imo.
I had a lot more foods than some of the mamas. Like all meats, and fruits, except berries and citrus, and some limit on vegetables. No dairy or wheat. But, it provided more options so as not to *create* intolerances by overflowing the "bucket" with allergen exposure.
Before child, I had a very varied diet however, and I think that may be a variable in my "lack of obvious intolerances" myself. But, when I was exhausted postpartum and eating large quantities of a limited number of foods (mostly dairy and wheat, which I consumed a ton of while pregnant), it tipped the bucket to overflowing with MY allergens. (and I mean intolerances, no IgE).
So, net is we
only react to some specific proteins (more strongly), not all undigested proteins (less frequent exposure with less developed reactivity). But, baby reacts to our undigested proteins AND our reaction (histamines) to the specific proteins. But, the large undigested proteins in dairy are much harder for the body to ignore when they are leaked through to our blood. Also, foods which are GMO-foreign proteins are more reaction causing.
Also, foods HIGH in protein create more reactions. Dairy and meat, obviously are high in protein. And dairy has very large proteins to digest. We *cook* meat, which helps with digesting the proteins. Uncooked fruits and vegetables are harder to digest, unless they are vine-ripened. Then they have fewer salicylates (another chemical reaction all together). And vine-ripened produce has significantly MORE nutrients available for gut health.
Nutrient dense whole foods, whole food probiotics, and bio-available vitamins and minerals (and our nutritional reserves) all impact gut health. I'd also surmise, that you probably were Improving your health while on TED, so that although your diet was limited, the quality of the foods were WHOLE foods and the least damaging to your gut.
If however, we ate convenience foods with limited nutritional value, plus their ubiquitous chemicals, our past diet was inferior as a baseline. So, the "net" benefit of the TED may not be apparent. The LIMITED diet (TED) is damaging to OUR nutritional stores, imo. Especially if our prior diet was SAD.
That is why I believe that focusing on MANY nutrient-dense WHOLE foods, in rotation, is the path to gut healing.
We need to correct our prior damage and overcome the nutritional detriments of a limited diet.