I've seen some anecdotal evidence of people here saying that their food intolerances improved after being Paleo for a while, and that this might have to do with increased intake of omega3/improved PUFA ratio.
I also recently came across this study which appears to provide some proof for this theory:
I'm trying to figure out if this is something that I should be paying more attention to. I've been on an AIP Paleo diet for half a year now and though my health has improved significantly, if anything I seem to have become sensitive to more foods, not less. I've recently succesfully reintroduced small amount of nuts (which have really helped with getting my magnesium levels up) but I continue to be unable to eat most fruits/fodmaps, dairy, nightshades, and most other seeds (even black pepper will set off symptoms). I strictly adhere to the diet and do moderate/high carb, with lots of veggies and tubers. Reintroduction attempts generally make me extremely lethargic and give me severe back and neck pain for several days, inducing a case of overactive bladder, GERD-like symptoms, bloating, gas, loose stools and sinus congestion.
Has anyone noticed significant improvements in food intolerance after improving PUFA o3/o6 ratios? Or could you share your other succesful strategies for overcoming food intolerances? I've tried l-glutamine (didn't do that much, not sure what to make of the whole leaky gut argument) and regularly eat homemade sauerkraut (which has really helped my digestion but not the food intolerances)
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on June 18, 2013
at 03:29 AM
Studies show that any PUFA (both omega 6 and omega 3) increase intestinal permeability while saturated fat reduces it. I believe the success of paleo diet for leaky and food allergies is not in improving the ratio of the two fatty acids, but rather reduction of total PUFA consumption and shift to saturated fat.
This is also in line with my personal experience where supplementing Omega 3 got my symptoms worse. As a consequence I opted out Omega 3 supplementation and only get it from whole fish, processed for short time, at below 150 degrees Celsius (canning process likely oxidizes the Omega 3 in fish like sardines and salmon).
Half a year should definitely make a difference for leaky gut so you are either doing something wrong or it is something else, not leaky gut. What is you status on vitamin D, sleep, alcohol, chronic exercise, stress? People often overlook lifestyle factors that increase permeability that are beyond diet.
Eating autoimmunne paleo (for me meaning no dairy for month, no gluten, alcohol egg whites for life), getting suntan and proper sleep helped me to the extent that my gluten, lactose and fructose intolerance disappeared completely so that I enjoy dairy daily, eat egg whites occasionally and even gluten ingestion no longer triggers the symptoms it used to.