Food intolerance occurs when our bodies cannot properly digest and convert the foods we eat into the necessary nutrients that fuel our systems.
More simply, food intolerance occurs when you eat something but it fails to be properly broken down in the intestines. The main reason for this failure is due to a lack of digestive enzymes – it’s their job to break down food molecules so that they can be properly absorbed into the bloodstream.
When the body doesn’t produce enough (or any) of an enzyme that a food requires for proper digestion, the proteins cannot convert into amino acids or nutrients, and will start accumulating in the gut and eventually make their way into the bloodstream improperly.
The immune system identifies these partially digested proteins as foreign intruders and attacks them. This attack triggers inflammation in the gut – the immune system’s natural response to injuries and other harmful things that enter the body.