You live a healthy lifestyle. You get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, exercise and eat a healthy and varied diet. But no matter what you do, you never seem to feel 100%. Sound familiar? If so, a food intolerance might be to blame. Unlike allergies which come on quite suddenly after ingesting the ingredient that doesn’t agree with you; symptoms of a food intolerance can show their effects much later. It could be hours or even days later, meaning it’s often difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is that caused it. These food intolerances could be to blame.
Bloating, stomach ache, irritable bowels, nausea and vomiting are all common symptoms of food intolerances. Stomach bugs and infections can sometimes present in a similar way. However, if this is a regular occurrence, then it’s a sign that something you’re eating doesn’t agree with you. If you have food intolerances, there’s also a chance you have a condition called SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) too. This is where the gut’s bacteria gets thrown out of balance causing all kinds of unpleasant effects. SIBO testing is an easy and painless way to find out. It’s done using a breath test to capture if any gasses and chemicals have come from your small intestine. This determines if you have the disorder.
Headaches and Migraines
Food intolerances cause inflammation in the body, and one of the ways that this is felt is through headaches and migraines. These can be extremely painful and dramatically affect your quality of life. If you’re sick of losing days of your life or having to rely on medication with adverse side effects; finding the cause can be life changing. Simply by cutting out certain ingredients, you’ll find that your migraines and headaches don’t return.
A Cough and Runny Nose
Coughs, runny noses and other infections of the airways such as sinusitis are again due to inflammation. The body produces excess mucus to attempt to deal with the ingredient which it mistakenly sees as a threat to the body. So it might not be yet another cold or hayfever that’s the cause of your sniffles, and could well be something you’ve eaten instead.
Many foods are known to be common allergens, but any of them could cause any of the symptoms above. Because it can take so long for symptoms to show up, it can be tricky to determine exactly what caused your issue. Having a food intolerance test done is the only accurate way to be able to say for sure. This can mean having bloodwork done, or undertaking a strict diet and keeping a food diary under the guidance of an experienced dietician. However it’s a long process, and for it to get to the cause, it has to be followed to the letter.
What’re Your Thoughts
Do you have any food allergies or intolerances? How do you work around them in your daily life?
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.