It seems like these days everyone has a food allergy of some sort, so how do you know if you’ve been suffering from food allergies? There are some common food allergy symptoms which many people experience and may not even know are related to what they eat. Furthermore, many people assume that symptoms they have experienced for years, or perhaps their entire lives, are just “how my body is” or normal.
Common food allergens include:
Food allergy symptoms can vary greatly, but here are some very common signs:
If you experience some or many of these food allergy symptoms you may consider which foods in your diet make you feel off. Also, the help of a nutritionist or dietician can be invaluable in finding and eliminating foods allergies. There are also allergy tests which can be performed by a Doctor, however these tend to be less than reliable, only around 65% accurate at best.
My recommendation to my clients is to choose a likely culprit from the list of common food allergens, eliminate it from the diet for 4-6 weeks, then “re-challenge” the food by eating it again. Your body becomes much more sensitive to foods it is allergic to if it isn’t exposed chronically, and you will have a noticeable reaction if you have a true immune mediated food allergy.
Often the foods we are allergic to are one of our favorite comfort foods, which may seem particularly cruel. In reality, it is because food allergies cause the body go into stress mode and to secrete endorphins, which make us feel “high.” The body does this as a response to the stress of eating a food that the immune system has tagged as harmful. Why people develop food allergies, and how to cure them, are still somewhat of a mystery. But, removing foods that cause chronic stress to the body can be an amazing and life-altering experience of renewed health and well-being. Just some food for thought…