FYI, bloating isn’t normal! I know. I thought it was too. It’s just what happens when you eat, right? Turns out, no! Due to undiagnosed food sensitivities thousands of us are going around thinking our body is meant to feel sluggish, our brain foggy, and our skin itchy. But this is not the case… it’s time to reset our ‘normal’, and find out what food sensitivity might be doing to us!
The symptoms of food sensitivity
Do you often wake up groggy (linked to diary)? Can’t quite find the word you are searching for (perhaps it’s time to give up gluten!)? Get tired by 3pm every day (symptom of a sugar addict!)? These things are not normal! It is becoming more and more common for people to have food allergy tests, but the issue is that you may not have the markers for an allergy, but may still be sensitive to certain foods. And this food could be your kryptonite!
Here are the 5 most common signs you have a food sensitivity:
- Brain Fog
- Skin Rash such as eczema or acne
- Constipation and/or diarrhoea
Not quite Celiac
How many diagnosed Celiacs do you know? And how many people do you know that ‘don’t eat gluten’? Before you write the undiagnosed off as fad diet followers, just consider they may be on to something. Let’s take gluten for example (the allergen that causes the autoimmune disease, celiac disease). Many people feel bloating, brain fog, constipation and headaches, amongst other symptoms, when they eat wheat (which contains gluten). When they voluntarily cut it out, the symptoms go away. Now that doesn’t sound like a fad diet to me. It sounds like Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity!
Pay attention to your body
When it comes to food sensitivities as opposed to allergies, it really relies on you to pay attention! As I said before, feeling groggy, tired, bloated, chronically fatigued and having skin rashes is NOT NORMAL! There are a few known common triggers to these symptoms, and the best way to test for a sensitivity is to cut these food groups out and monitor how you feel.
The most common food allergens are:
Dairy (in particular the protein in dairy – casein)
Mould toxins (often found in peanuts or poor quality coffee beans)
It’s time to eliminate
The best way to get back to basics when it comes to your body and food is to do a full elimination diet, but if you just want to test for sensitivities try cutting out the three above allergens for 7 days. Monitor how you feel. Then reintroduce those foods one by one for two days at a time and again monitor how you feel. If you notice symptoms returning then it may be worth trying to avoid that food in the long term.
A food sensitivity doesn’t have to last forever
Sometimes our gut lining can get damaged, and this can allow particles to get through the lining (it is only one cell thick!) that wouldn’t normally – and this is where we have leaky gut (I’ll discuss another time!). If we cut back on the allergenic foods, and take the time to repair or gut health, then at a later date we can start to reintroduce those foods, with no fear of them causing a reaction.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to reset and feel your best, now! If you want any more guidance on how to undergo a full elimination diet then get in touch.