Food intolerance symptoms are hard to identify.
They can occur hours or days after eating particular foods.
Is food intolerance a problem for you? Find out about symptoms of food intolerance here.
Do you have dark circles under your eyes, a mysterious rash, lethargy, bloating and blocked sinus…..how did these things happen?
These happen to be food intolerance symptoms; that is, your body’s reaction to the protein molecule in a particular food.
A common food intolerance that you have probably heard of is lactose intolerance. This is a reaction to a type of protein in the milk.
These reactions are caused by IgG antibodies. They are different from the antibodies that cause food allergies (IgE). Both food allergies and intolerance can be detected with a blood test.
Food intolerances are surprisingly common, thought to affect over 75% of people in Western countries.
Despite this, they are hard to identify as reactions can occur hours or even days after eating the offending food.
In comparison, food allergies tend to cause immediate, severe reactions and are therefore easier to identify.
Many of these symptoms have other causes, and may not be food intolerance symptoms.
However, if you have several of these symptoms, you may have a food intolerance.
Note also that chronic stress can also cause these types of symptoms, and in that case, adrenal fatigue needs to be considered as a potential contributing factor to food intolerance and associated symptoms.
Food intolerance is a huge barrier to healthy weight loss. While your body is dealing with inflammation caused by food intolerances, your thyroid function is challenged and your metabolism is affected.
You might gain weight, or lose weight, without knowing why.
Identifying your food intolerance and eating correctly for it can remove a massive barrier to weight loss, and get your metabolism working at full speed again.
Three main causes of food allergies and intolerance are:
An IgG4 blood test, from an accredited laboratory, is one way to assess food intolerance. You need a referral for this type of test in most countries.
The test looks at your antibody responses to 90 different foods and indicates reactions from mild (+1) to moderate (+5).
This is different from the allergy test (IgA) – in fact, you can be allergic to a food (you’d know about that) but not intolerant to it (or vice versa). You can test for food allergies at the same time as intolerances for only a little extra.
If you want to find out exactly what’s causing your food intolerance symptoms and whether genetics play a role in your food intolerances, the best approach is to:
The ‘low stress’ and dietary supplement option takes two to three months of focus.
But it’s worth it.
The foods that most commonly cause intolerances are nuts, eggs, gluten and dairy foods.
Artificial additives are also a major culprit, although there is currently no way to test reaction to these.
Compare this with the foods that most commonly cause allergies in Australia: milk, soy, egg, peanut and fish.
Remember, the symptoms of food intolerance can show up between 30 minutes and five days after you’ve eaten a reactive food.
A symptoms diary may be useful in indicating food intolerances.
Food intolerance is a complex issue, but with the right guidance and support, it is possible to address food intolerances and enjoy better health.