Food is more and more becoming a topic of interest in today’s society. There are those who enjoy looking for new recipes to share with friends and family, making food something fun to explore. There are those who try to do everything in their power to get their kids to eat at least one healthy thing on their plate, making food a challenge.. And then there are those who consider themselves to be a ‘foodie’, making it their mission to learn everything they can about eating good, clean food, and seeking new and exciting restaurants to share their passion for food.
Although the above are some of the more common ways that people think about food, the fact that food intolerances are becoming more prevalent in today’s society warrants a look into why this is becoming more common.
A food intolerance is not the same as having a food allergy. A food intolerance basically means that your digestive system isn’t agreeing with something you’re eating and inflammation is occurring within your body as a result. This low grade inflammation can settle in different areas of the body and manifest into symptoms, up to 72 hours after consumption of the offending food.
Food intolerance is much more common than food allergy, with gluten intolerance being the most common type of food intolerance, affecting nearly 1 in 5 people.
5 Key Symptoms of Food Intolerance
The following are 5 key symptoms you should be aware of if you feel you might have a food intolerance:
- Gastro-Intestinal – Most people experience at least one of the following gastro-intestinal symptoms when they have a food intolerance: bloating, nausea, constipation, stomach cramps, irritable bowel syndrome or diarrhea.
- Skin conditions – When you eat a food your body either can’t or has a hard time digesting, it doesn’t only affect the inside of your body. The inflammation can spread throughout your body and may affect your skin too. The possibility of acquiring eczema, dermatitis, acne, and psoriasis is quite common if you are eating intolerant foods.
- Respiratory conditions – Many people don’t realise that a food intolerance can even affect your respiratory system. If you have sinusitis, rhinitis, asthma, a constantly blocked nose, or even just a sore throat that doesn’t seem to go away, you may have a food intolerance.
- Endocrine System – Food intolerances can take a toll on the body, making it more likely that you’ll end up with thyroid problems, or even a food-related disease such as diabetes.
- Weight problems – If you are experiencing significant weight loss, weight gain, or even if you’re struggling to lose weight despite being on a healthy diet and exercise regime, your body may be reacting to a particular food. Even a person a really healthy diet will find it difficult to lose weight if the foods they are eating are causing inflammation.
Think you might have a food intolerance?
Be sure to make an appointment with your health practitioner if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms in order to receive a diagnosis. It’s important to first make sure there is nothing organically wrong. If everything appears to be in good working order but you still don’t feel right, you may just be suffering from a food intolerance and might want to undertake a food intolerance test to find out which food isn’t agreeing with you. Click here to read about different methods of food intolerance testing.