What is not widely known is that many chronic illness issues can be directly traced back to food sensitivities not food allergies. Food sensitivities are delayed reactions, mediated by the T cells of the immune system, which trigger IgG antibodies. These antibodies do not cause the release of histamine, however, they do release other chemicals which results in inflammation. Symptoms of food sensitivities appear hours or days later after ingesting the suspect food. Food sensitivities make up the majority of all food related reactions and affect about 30% of the U.S. population. Food sensitivities result in wide-ranging symptoms affecting multiple systems in the body; respiratory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, dermal, reproductive, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems.
Milk products can contribute to pain in a few ways. First, milk contains lactose, a sugar that is very difficult for the human body to digest. For people with lactose intolerance, consumption of dairy products can bring about gastrointestinal pain or discomfort. Milk products can also contribute to all over inflammatory pain because milk contains high levels of the protein casein. Because so many people have difficulty processing casein, it can lead to a painful inflammatory response in the human body.
Casein has also been linked to negative effects in children with autism, ADD, and ADHD. Autistic children (and anyone else who experiences low stomach acid, poor digestion and inflamed intestines) react in a very negative way to this diary protein. Casein enters the open, permeable and inflamed gut wall and your body attacks this protein, seeing it as an enemy. You will experience a negative allergic reaction and most likely will notice a drug-like effect on your central nervous system and experience brain fog, excess mucous and lethargy.
I've shared several blogs previously concerning the importance of gluten. Many happy readers boost reduced pain levels since following the a gluten free diet. You may want to look out a casein free diet also to reduce pain levels more. I've included a handy chart below.