4 Signs of a Food Intolerance

While some people have the notion that food intolerances don’t really exist, I’d like to beg to differ. People can have reactions to foods that their bodies have trouble tolerating, as well as mild to severe allergic reactions to foods, some of which can be life threatening.

Before I found out I had a gluten intolerance, I couldn’t walk, I had an irregular heartbeat, and my immune system was basically going haywire while my muscles destroyed themselves. And then I have people tell me that I’m not “really” intolerant to gluten despite the fact that all my symptoms disappeared after less than a week of going gluten-free. Thanks for the support, guys.

Anyway, if someone is experiencing any adverse health symptoms, no matter how minor or severe, here are some ways to tell if they have a food intolerance...

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is awful. You feel like you do everything you can to make it go away, but nothing quite works and if it does work, the pain always returns. Chronic pain can have a huge impact on your life. It can make even small activities seem impossible and other physical activities, such as sex or exercise, are often passed over as a result of pain.

When our bodies cannot tolerate a certain food, they react. One of the most common causes of this reaction is inflammation, which can cause chronic pain. Chronic pain could be anywhere—joints, lower back, legs, shoulders, neck. Migraines could also result from a food intolerance. If anyone is experiencing chronic pain, it’s time to get a food allergen panel done by a physician or holistic doctor. 

Skin Rash or Acne

Some people have more sensitive skin than others, but the skin can tell us many things about our health. Anyone experiencing any type of weird skin rash or even bad acne, could have a food intolerance.

One of the most common food intolerances when it comes to skin rashes or acne or eczema is dairy. With all the hormones in cow’s milk and products such as ice cream and yogurt, your skin could be having a reaction to these growth hormones, giving you teenager-type skin well into adulthood. Get tested or try to eliminate dairy or gluten for at least 2 to 6 weeks to see if you notice a difference.

Gastrointestinal Symptoms

While many people with food allergies or intolerances experience gastrointestinal symptoms, many of them do not! Gastrointestinal symptoms could involve upset stomach, poor digestion, belching/flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach cramps. These could happen immediately after eating a certain food or hours after eating it.

If someone has experienced gastrointestinal problems their whole life, or even just recently, their body could have developed an intolerance to something they've been eating. And yes, the body can develop an intolerance pretty much overnight (happened to me!), for those of you who say “But I’ve been eating dairy/eggs/gluten/corn all this time and I’ve been fine!”

Mental or Mood Disorders

Anyone with ADHD or having issues with concentrating, forgetfulness, brain fog, solving problems, thinking, or is easily distracted might actually have a food intolerance.

Food intolerances can also affect our mood by altering our brain chemistry, making us easily irritable, or making us elated and then having a crashing effect, or just having mood swings. Gluten, in particular, is noted for altering brain chemistry and producing symptoms that can be linked to bipolar, schizophrenia, and depression.

The food we consume is fuel for our bodies. This is why it doesn't make a lot of sense that many of the top allergens are in all the foods we consume: dairy, eggs, soy, wheat (gluten), corn, and nuts. When we put fuel in our bodies that our body can’t work with, our body will not work as well as it should. Living with chronic pain, a mood disorder, stomach problems, or acne is not fun. Take charge of your health and wellness and get a food allergen panel done to understand which foods are best for you and your body. And remember, no one knows your body like you do, so listen to your symptoms and demand comprehensive testing to determine what's wrong.

2/15/2019 8:00:00 AM
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Comments
Other than from an intolerance to wood smoke and my first can of Mountain Dew, I didn't suffer from migraines...UNTIL I moved to the northern part of the same state (supporting husband's new career move).

Long story/short, I suffered for a solid 4+ months straight of 24/7 complex migraines (pain, numbness, distorted vision), to the point of uncontrollable muscle spams. The cause turned out to be the toxins evaporating off a large river, with the eastward winds blowing the polluted air towards my east side home. A local air quality specialist said moving to the other side of the river, away from the airborne toxins and 8.5 miles from any industrial plant, would be of great help to me.

As the years passed, I began getting migraines 4-5 days a week. I went to an allergist and was test for 64 natural allergens created by Mother Nature, and I didn't react to a single one!

However, with careful monitoring, I have found that the immediate migraines are consistently triggered by the smoke from 5 cigarette brands, protein preservatives (peanut butter, processed meats, frozen entrees), fragrances (shampoos/conditioners, 3 popular colognes heavy with musk, body wash, etc.), Gatorade, house paint, Sharpie markers, dairy, eggs, wheat, and others.

An allergist told me that I have a controversial "high chemical sensitivity disorder" with both a food and chemical intolerance.

Another allergist said that once we have become exposed to a major intolerant, the substances we might otherwise have a minor reaction to, flare up into a major reaction equal to a major intolerant.

A much trusted neurologist told me that migraines can create scar tissue in the brain, making avoidance the key--seriously avoid those substances our systems cannot tolerate.

With more and more chemicals added to all sorts of consumer products, chemicals replacing natural elements, we don't have to wonder why so many of us are suffering!

Lastly, food intolerance issues that show up later in life may be due to our kidney's inability to continue filtering those types of food--that's exactly why I used to be able to eat shellfish, and now required to carry a life-saving EpiPen!
Posted by Shari
I have been sick for 22 months and no one can tell me what i am sick from...Leo Hill
Posted by Leo Hill
"This is why it doesn't make a lot of sense that many of the top allergens are in all the foods we consume: dairy, eggs, soy, wheat (gluten), corn, and nuts. "

It makes perfect sense. Most of these either not food or they are contaminated (chickens fed grain producing contaminated eggs). Humans did not evolve eating grains and certain legumes are demonstrably harmful to us.
Posted by Bill
I agree with all of this...was having IBS and gluten intolerance symptoms. I did a total elimination diet and started over.. Allergies, gas, digestive, inflammation issues gone!
Posted by Leslie
This is the FIRST time I ever heard anyone else say they couldn't walk from a gluten intolerance meanwhile that is EXACTLY what happened to me! Literally I couldnt get up from a chair after sitting nor could I get up a flight of stairs because of pain and weakness. Gluten free after a couple of weeks and became a new person....really crazy! After a while started developing some other intolerances and had to cut out nightshades as well. Overall, my life has improved DRAMATICALLY!
Posted by Sam

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