“I eat the same thing every day” I can’t tell you how many times in a week I hear this
sentiment. Often it’s accompanied with a sense of dismay as to why the patient is experiencing continuous digestive problems, migraines, acne, low energy or difficulty losing weight. What may surprise is that this can be the exact reason you aren’t achieving your goals. While eight common foods – milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, soy, wheat and shellfish cause 90%
of all food-allergies every individual is different.
Meet your overly sensitive immune system. While the cause of true food allergies the kind
system, food intolerances can arise when we consume the same foods day after day with little variety. This dietary stagnation causes the body to become sensitized to the food. In common parlance, the terms allergy, sensitivity and food intolerance are often used
interchangeably, but sensitivities and intolerances are not true IgE allergies.
Food sensitivities or intolerances usually involve a different set of immune system antibodies called IgG antibodies. Symptoms are less intense and typically do not appear immediately but rather within 12-48 hours after eating the offending foodstuff. Heartburn, headaches, difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, looking tired even after sufficient sleep, an inability to lose weight, bloating and relentless water retention can all be related to food sensitivities or intolerances. Because the connection between the symptom and a specific food can be difficult to pinpoint, those who suffer these discomforts often go on feeling worse and worse as their immune system takes a constant beating.
Many of us with food sensitivities don’t even realize how bad we feel until the problematic
foods are removed from our diet. Then suddenly getting out of bed becomes easier, our energy, mood and concentration improve and joint pain, headaches and sinus congestion disappear. Here is a handy chart on common symptoms associated with food sensitivities. You may just be nodding your heads to more than a few of these side effects.
Symptoms Associated with Food Intolerances/Sensitivities
Indigestion or heartburn
Blood in the stool
Irritable bowel Syndrome