Do You Have a Food Intolerance?
By Sara Butler
If there are some foods you just can’t eat because they cause some uncomfortable side effects, then you may have a food sensitivity or intolerance. Here are some of the signs that can help you put the pieces together of a food intolerance, so you know what to avoid!
What is Food Intolerance?
According to the National Institutes of Health, a food intolerance is a digestive issue that is caused by eating a certain food or food group. It’s not an allergy because it doesn’t produce an immune response, but it can cause quite a bit of discomfort and pain.
If you have a food intolerance, a certain food or food group may not be able to be digested properly in your system. This can produce an inflammatory effect that zaps your body’s energy stores, causing fatigue. Joint pain can also be a sign of an inflammatory response.
If you have a sensitivity to sulfites, then you may develop migraines when you consume foods that contain them. The most common places to find this ingredient is in red wine, pre-packaged foods, some condiments, and dried fruit. Headaches or even asthma-like symptoms have been reported. If you suspect you may have a sensitivity, then you should keep a food log to try to connect your symptoms to a certain food.
Acid reflux or heartburn can mean that a food can’t be fully digested. If your body can’t tolerate a food, then it may hold up the normal functions of the digestive system, slowing things down and causing these symptoms.
A runny nose can be an indication that your body is trying to cleanse itself. If it’s paired with other symptoms of an intolerance, then it could mean you have something else going on. Make sure to take note of a nose that runs like a faucet all day because it could mean you have something going on beneath the surface that has nothing to do with your nose!
Skin reactions are usually linked to allergies of some kind, but researchers are beginning to understand there are links between food intolerances and skin reactions -- it’s simply a more delayed response than allergies produce. If you have a skin rash or some other skin condition that won’t go away, then it might be a food intolerance.
Food intolerances can have a big impact on your quality of life. If you suspect you have one, then seek professional help -- the chiropractors at The Joint are a great resource!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Prosper, Tex.