If you have food allergies you know the symptoms come on very quickly after eating that food. Scratchy throat, hives, swelling and more will give you a clue that you are allergic to that food. You should know within the first 30 seconds or less. Food sensitivities, on the other hand, are not as easy to figure out.
You may not understand why you have fatigue, brain fog, skin breakouts, joint pain, dizziness, and more. Many symptoms can carry on for a long time without knowing where they come from.
You’re commonly sensitive to the things you eat fairly often. Nowadays there is more stress, GMO’s, medication, so our small intestines are loosening faster than ever. This causes your food to start to permeate your gut and cause immune responses. Food sensitivity testing is a must for everyone.
Signs you may have a Food Intolerance
1. Mood Issues, Brain Fog, and Headaches
Food like gluten, dairy, and sugar naturally contain gluteomorphins and casomorphins, which are morphine-like substances. Withdrawal from these foods can also cause similar symptoms.
2. Food Cravings
“Trying to eat in moderation” is out the window when you are experiencing food cravings. These foods do not digest well in the body! Poor digestion causes permeability in your gut.
Foods should give you energy that doesn’t drain you. When you eat foods that are sensitive to your body, it cannot use these foods to nourish you. This creates inflammation and immune response. Not only are you not getting any energy from the foods, but your body is also working extra hard to eliminate and heal.
Many people think that too much acid in the stomach causes heartburn. It’s actually caused by too little acid in the stomach. When you don’t have enough stomach acid to break down your foods, it causes permeability and can cause food intolerances.
To help with this try to chew your food until it is liquid, watch how much you drink during meals, and try a good daily digestive enzyme.
5. Joint Pain
Foods like dairy, soy, and gluten often trigger inflammatory responses. Inflammation can occur throughout the body and cause immune responses in the joints. Inflammation also raises your cortisol and causes your insulin levels to be imbalanced. This adds to the inflammation cycle.
Your skin is the body’s biggest organ and when your lymphatic system is blocked, it usually shows on your skin. Your lymphatic system is what helps eliminate toxins through your pores. Skin issues like rashes, eczema, itchy ears, rosacea, and acne are all examples of your immune system speaking through your skin. Diet is not the cure-all for everyone’s skin problems, but it is a good start.
7. Gas, Bloating, Constipation, and Diarrhea
Diets that are heavy in processed foods alter gut bacteria, which can cause weight gain, bloating, and constipation. The overload of toxic material from chemicals in processed foods causes these symptoms. As result food sensitivities occur in the body.
8. Keratosis Pilaris
This tends to be a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat malabsorption caused by food sensitivities.
9. Diagnosis of An Autoimmune Disease
Hashimoto’s, Graves Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis and more.
10. Neurological imbalances
Dizziness or feeling off balance is a common sign.