Food intolerances, while not life-threatening, can be extremely unpleasant to deal with. If you are intolerant to lactose, gluten or fructose, the irritation your bowels suffer can be a huge inconvenience to your daily life. Luckily, there are natural ways to fight food intolerance, so you don’t have to be as careful with where (or what) you eat.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) for Your Woes — This natural organic sulfur compound is essential for your health. It’s often used to treat arthritis, but it may be useful for food intolerances as well. It is found naturally in most unprocessed foods, but is often lost during cooking or processing. That’s why it is most commonly taken as a supplement. As a supplement, MSM has anti-inflammatory properties that may help with food sensitivities.
Although there haven’t been any clinical trials, anecdotal evidence suggests that MSM could help counter food sensitivities. Some doctors suggest taking 1,000 mg twice a day to help deal with mild intolerances. The biggest benefit the supplement may have is in helping to relieve inflammation caused by those foods. Try it for a month to see if it helps.
There has been no tolerable uptake limit for MSM, and as much as 2,000 mg a day has been used without incident. However, always consult your doctor before using this and remember to follow the instructions on the supplement label. People suffering from sulfite sensitivities should talk to a doctor before taking MSM, as some reports say that skin rash, headaches, fatigue and diarrhea may occur in some people with sulfur allergies.
The Pineapple Breakdown — The extract from pineapple, known as bromelain, might aid digestion of certain sugars and proteins, relieving the symptoms caused by food intolerance. It has strong anti-inflammatory abilities and is also a very safe supplement to which most people tend to respond positively.
Bromelain is so safe that it has actually been studied for its practical use in creating hypo-allergenic bread. That’s right, people with wheat allergies may be able to indulge once again thanks to this fantastic enzyme.
One group of researchers took the knowledge of bromelain’s ability to break down proteins and applied it to a novel new baking process. Soft wheat flour was mixed with water, bromelain and other products to create English-muffin-style bread that did not induce allergic reactions in people sensitive to wheat. If you don’t have access to hypoallergenic bread, you can take bromelain supplements with your meal to get a similar effect.
Try taking 1,000 mg of this supplement with any meal that contains an offending food. It should help stave off any appearance of fat caused by sensitivity to that food.
Ease Intolerance with Yogurt — It hardly makes sense that a dairy product could combat milk intolerance, but things in this world don’t always make sense. Yogurt, a milk product made using probiotics, could actually help reduce allergic reactions or symptoms of milk sensitivity.
One study even showed that the probiotics in yogurt could help prevent dairy intolerance from ever developing. Probiotics are known to help combat any intestinal distress, so whether your intolerance is to dairy, gluten or fructose, try taking a probiotic supplement or a container of live culture yogurt before a meal that may offend your stomach.