Do you generally feel unwell but can’t seem to pinpoint the issue? Did you know that food sensitivities can cause more than just stomach discomfort? Things like fatigue, brain fog, and feeling swollen can all be related to food.
In my mid-twenties, I started to feel generally unwell but couldn’t figure out why. I never had issues with food before so it never crossed my mind to consider what I was eating.
The symptoms left me so ill that I would usually have to sleep them off. Sometimes they would affect me for a few days. This included a mix of stomach pain, brain fog, sinus headaches, exhaustion and a general feeling of intense irritation. I was scared to eat anything.
After Western Medicine left me at a dead-end, my next stop was a holistic doctor in my hometown. The first thing she did was test me for the most common food intolerances through blood work. I scored very high for gluten, dairy and egg whites.
It wasn’t ideal but I was willing to do anything to feel better. I started removing these foods and within a short period of time, I started to feel significantly better. I was amazed by how much better I felt. The fog had cleared, my stomach didn’t hurt anymore and I was feeling the best I had in a while. I had more issues than just food but this was a big step in the right direction.
Common Food Sensitivities
I’m a huge fan of functional medicine pioneer, Dr. Blum. Dr. Blum explains in her book, The Immune System Recovery Plan the most common food intolerances are gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and corn. Additionally, some individuals can be sensitive to nightshade vegetables. These include tomatoes, eggplant, white potatoes, and peppers.
Keep in mind, food sensitivities may not be limited to just these items. In general, if there is any food that makes you feel unwell then it’s best to just remove it for a while.
It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to remove these foods forever but you may have a condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome. In a nutshell, leaky gut is damage to your intestinal lining causing dysfunction. Your gut will need time to heal itself before you can test those foods again.
Food Sensitivity Test
There is a very inexpensive way to test yourself. Remove all the common sensitivities listed above for 3 weeks. Then reintroduce them one-by-one to evaluate your reactions. Some reactions may not be immediate so it is important to evaluate how you feel for about 3 days before introducing the next food. By the end of the test, you will know what foods to avoid.
I am by no means a doctor but identifying and eliminating my food intolerances were life-changing to my health and well-being. Overtime, eliminating these foods helped me to reduce my chronic inflammation and feel better.
It takes work to change your diet this dramatically. Especially if that requires removing more than one food. But if your goal is to feel better, this is an inexpensive way to get clear on the foods you are sensitive to and put an end to unnecessary food-related suffering.