I learned of the prevalence of food sensitivities while studying at the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2013. This was just a few years ago!
Once I began addressing this issue in my own life and removing the foods that I was reacting to, my symptoms (and we’re talking MULTIPLE symptoms that I’d had for my entire life) literally began to disappear.
My anxiety level was dramatically reduced. My skin cleared up. My cycle began to regulate. My moods improved. My bloating decreased. My puffy face got thinner. My hands and feet weren’t swollen any more. My thinking got more clear. I wasn’t breaking out in hives anymore…. It was a miracle!!
It was so simple, and yet I had no idea of the importance of identifying food sensitivities, or that I even had them, until just a few years ago!
I strongly recommend doing your best to identify and avoid your potential allergens if you are looking to optimize your health, and especially your digestive health.
Getting to know your body and your own potential culprits during one of our cleanses in Free-Spirited Foodie is a great way to get on board with an Elimination Diet Protocol.
Of course, you can do this protocol on your own at ANYTIME. (Sometimes it can be more motivating for people by doing it in a group). Read ahead to see if yo might be suffering from hidden food sensitivities.
Have you been suffering from any of the following chronic ailments?
The following chronic ailments are some of the most common food reactions. This list is compiled from detailed medical records covering thousands of patients since the 1930’s.
These reactions are often relieved by eliminating the offending food and can be observed by re-exposing (or challenging yourself) to the offending food. This is called and Elimination Diet.
There are certainly other causes for the following symptoms. However, hidden food sensitivity or allergy is so common, it should always be considered first. Since food reactions can be delayed, it is common to have reactions and not recognize the immediate cause of the symptoms.
A QUICK HEADS UP: If you are having some of the following symptoms and decide to do an Elimination Diet Protocol, the symptoms may get worse during the first week as you go through withdrawal of the food. Some symptoms leave slowly, some fluctuate and some leave rapidly.
Examples of chronic physical symptoms:
Head: Headache, sinus headache, migraine headache, faintness, dizziness, feeling of fullness in the head.
Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat: Dark circles under the eyes, swelling around the eyes, pain in eyes, watery eyes, red bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, blurred vision, runny nose, stuffy nose, bloody nose, excessive mucous, hay fever, sneezing, ringing in the ears, earache, fullness in the ears, itching ears, ear drainage, fluid in the middle ear, hearing loss, recurrent ear infections, ear drainage, sore throats, swollen tonsils, frequent “colds”, chronic cough, gagging, canker sores, itching mouth, recurrent sinusitis.
Heart & Lungs: Palpitations, decreased heart rate, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate (tachycardia), asthma, bronchitis, chest congestion, yawning, hoarseness, high blood pressure.
Blood: Damaged and killed white blood cells, low white blood cell count, damaged or killed red blood cells, blood smudging (rouleaux), low red blood cell count, enlarged red blood cells, platelet clumping, low neutrophils, increased eosinophils and basophils, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), high blood sugar, diabetes, increased liver enzymes, high acid levels (causing loss of bone calcium and minerals).
Glands: Abnormal thyroid hormones & tests, abnormal testosterone levels, depressed pancreatic activity (with low digestive enzyme production), abnormal sex hormones, depressed or excessive sexual drive, abnormal adrenal hormones and functions, menstrual irregularities and symptoms.
Mouth: Bleeding gums, sore tongue, coated tongue, bad breath, cracked lips, swollen lips, ulcerations, loose teeth.
Gastrointestinal: Stomach ache, acid indigestion, swollen stomach, cramps, ulcers, nausea, vomiting, bloating, heartburn, belching, spastic colon, colitis, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, flatulence (passing gas), stomach fullness, diarrhea, constipation, rectal mucous, appendicitis, malabsorption.
Skin: Hives, rashes, dandruff, hair loss, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, pallor, pimples, acne, dark circles under eyes, bags under eyes, swelling around eyes.
Other symptoms: Chronic fatigue, muscle fatigue, sleepy after meals, insomnia, compulsive eating, overweight, fear of eating, malabsorption, underweight, weakness, muscle aches and pain, muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis, twitching, stiffness, joint aches and pain, arthritis, swelling of the hands, feet or ankles, phlebitis, cold hands and feet, restless leg syndrome, urinary tract symptoms (pain, frequency, night urination, bed wetting), cystitis, kidney dysfunction, rectal itching, vaginal inflammation, sea sickness, motion sickness, chills, sweats, thirsty after meals, back pain.
Mental: Anxiety, excessive talking, fear, depression, crying, aggressive behavior, irritability, mental dullness, poor concentration, poor self control, poor memory, mental lethargy, confusion, excessive day dreaming, juvenile and adult hyperactivity, restlessness, learning disabilities, poor work habits, inability to concentrate, poor coordination, stuttering, indifference, compulsive behavior, anorexia, continuing desire for alcohol or tobacco, drug addictions, morning sluggishness, slurred speech, delusions, hallucinations, schizophrenia, juvenile and adult delinquency, seizures, epilepsy.
Exploring and treating food allergies and sensitivities through testing (elimination and challenge, office testing, lab tests) will, without a doubt, significantly improve your health.
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