Depression, anxiety, moodiness, and a tendency to binge and crave for certain foods eventually leads to excessive weight gain, and possible obesity. Have you ever thought that such a condition can be due to a food allergy?
According to a theory, if you eat foods that you are allergic to, instead of using the food as energy, your body will hold onto the calories in these foods for a longer period, and you could develop an addiction to them.
Sensitivities to certain foods may cause allergic reactions in people who crave for those foods that they are allergic to. The food craving is similar to an addiction to alcohol or drugs, wherein they experience withdrawal-like symptoms and become uneasy when they are unable to gain access to the food they are craving.
This is the case with obese people who can easily testify to the overwhelming urge to fulfill their cravings day after day. Their food cravings are actually a physiological need to stop the occurrence of withdrawal symptoms from the addiction, which the obese person is totally unaware of.
Specialists in this food allergy addiction phenomenon are known as clinical ecologists.
The problem is not the food but the endorphins, the body’s opium-like pain killers which are triggered by the food addiction. Because of the craving, the person’s uncontrollable tendency is to overeat, leading to abnormal weight gain.
The common food addictions include wheat, grains, carbohydrates, and sugars. If you have a food allergy addiction, eating just a little bit of food containing these substances will make you lose control and give in to the urge to eat more and more of what your body knows is bad. The worst part is that these foods are not metabolized properly, leading to rapid weight gain.
There is a much greater potential for food allergies nowadays because times are different from how they were in the past. There are foods right now that were not available to our ancestors, thus we may not have the enzymes for proper digestion.
Mood swings and a strong craving for food that you already eat frequently are the main symptoms of a food allergy addiction.
Physical symptoms are rapid weight gain, obesity, increased thirst, and water retention (edema) characterized by swelling of the feet and hands.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is another clinical symptom that occurs 2 – 6 hours after ingesting the offending food allergen. This stimulates the appetite and triggers unhealthy binging.
In underweight individuals, the effect is the opposite, making it difficult for them to gain weight.
The treatment is psychological. The affected individual must psyche themselves to eliminate their problem food from their diet totally. This may sound easy but it is actually very difficult, just like when a smoker tries to quit smoking. But the benefits are guaranteed. The urge to binge will disappear and the individual will start to lose weight just as fast as the weight was gained.