Do You Have a Food Intolerance?
By Sara Butler
Have you ever had food make you feel uncomfortable? Not in an "it's judging me" type of way, but in an "oh holy gastrointestinal side effects Batman" type of way? If so, you may have a food intolerance or a sensitivity of which you may be unaware. Here's what you need to know about food intolerance and what you should do if you think you have one.
Food Intolerance: What Is It?
Food intolerances are digestive problems that can occur after you eat a food group or simply a certain food. It's different than a food allergy insomuch as it doesn't trigger an immune reaction such as hives or swelling of the mouth and throat. Food allergies are life-threatening, but food intolerances are simply uncomfortable.
A Few Good Signs
If you think you may have a food intolerance, then eating a food or food group can trigger one or more of the following symptoms:
- Fatigue - This can be a sign of chronic inflammation that is the result of your body attempting to work harder to digest food it may not be able to digest fully.
- Cramping and bloating - Your body uses enzymes to break down foods you eat. If it can't break down the food appropriately because you lack the necessary enzymes, then the food can go through your system without being broken down, resulting in these symptoms.
- Headache - Some people may experience headaches and migraines as the result of the preservatives found in some foods that can't be tolerated.
- Joint pain - Inflammation strikes again! If you have a food intolerance, then joint pain can be triggered by your body's inflammatory response to a food.
- Hives - Hives are mostly connected to an immune response, but if you get them on your face after eating a food, then it may be the sign of a food intolerance.
- Acid reflux and heartburn - Sometimes if food can't fully be digested, the acid in the stomach builds up and can burn the throat and esophagus. Food that can't be digested properly, as is the case with food intolerance, can cause digestion to slow and this can be the result.
- Runny nose - No matter if it's caused by an allergy or intolerance, your nose often runs as a response of your body trying to cleanse itself from something. When paired with some of the other signs and symptoms, it may be the sign of an intolerance.
If you're worried about a food intolerance or possible allergy, talk to a trusted healthcare professional such as the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!
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