When many people think of symptoms of food intolerances or food allergies they think of gastrointestinal issues or the severe allergy response of anaphylaxis. However, there are many different signs that you may have a food intolerance and it shows up in a variety of ways for different people.
Signs of a food intolerance could include:
This list is not comprehensive and if you do suffer from any of these symptoms it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a food intolerance or sensitivity. In order to find out for sure, here are a couple of approaches you can take:
To give you an example of how the elimination diet works, I supported a client who would get a stuffy nose when he drank beer, so we decided to try a gluten elimination to see if the wheat in the beer is what he was reacting to. After two weeks of being gluten free he didn’t think he felt any different until he had a sandwich for lunch one day. Immediately he felt like he was coming down with the flu from body aches and his throat started to hurt. Now if he eats gluten he immediately feels the effects. As a result of being predominantly gluten free, the bloating in his stomach has gone down.
This is just an example of one person’s experience from doing an elimination diet, but it doesn’t mean everyone will have the same result.
If you follow an elimination diet and suspect you may have a food intolerance or allergy, it would be ideal to follow up with blood work to confirm and ensure you don’t restrict your diet for no reason.
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