The phrases “food sensitivity,” “food allergy,” and “food intolerance” get thrown around a lot and interchangeably. Most people do not understand the difference between an intolerance or sensitivity and an allergy but there is a difference. Additionally, most people throw the phrase around or self-diagnose without knowing if they truly have a food sensitivity. Many people would, in fact, be shocked to find out they have a food sensitivity that they have lived with their entire lives, explaining away the upset stomach, eczema or inflammation and never really knowing the real source of the problem. People often think that common things like an upset stomach, eczema or inflammation are just “normal things” that everyone deals with or a portion of people deal with and that it is “luck of the draw” that they happen to also deal with it. While upset stomach may just be a symptom of eating too much or something strange, it may also be the sign you have a food sensitivity.
Food sensitivities may not be life threatening but they may be greatly impacting the quality of your life. Without even realizing it, you may be compensating for your food sensitivity or accepting the variety of ways it may impact your life but you do not have to. While you may be able to determine if you have a food sensitivity by putting yourself through an elimination diet, it is very difficult to do, time consuming and may be unnecessary altogether. By simply visiting your naturopathic doctor you can undergo some very simple, and typically fairly inexpensive, food allergy/sensitivity tests to find out if you have food sensitivities and then make diet adjustments accordingly to live a more healthy life without frustrating symptoms from food sensitivities. By dealing with the food sensitivity itself you may even be able to eliminate certain prescription or over-the-counter medications from your life.
You may be wondering how you could have missed a food sensitivity until now – surely you would have noticed? Some food sensitivity symptoms may only have minor manifestations and sometimes food sensitivities have a delayed presentation so they may in fact be relatively new. Below are a list of common food sensitivity symptoms, if you have been experiencing any of these, or other symptoms you are concerned about, speak to your naturopathic doctor about getting a simple food allergy test to determine what may be triggering symptoms so that you can make diet and lifestyle changes to live a more healthy life.
- Common Food Sensitivity Symptoms
- Increased Mucous Production (runny nose)
- Digestive Problems (abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting)