Food sensitivities and food intolerances are related to an inability to digest certain foods, but they are different from food allergies. Unlike food allergies, which involve an immune system response and can cause symptoms almost immediately, food sensitivities and intolerances occur in the digestive tract and their symptoms may not appear for several hours or even days. It’s important to note that food sensitivities are not fixed and can change over time, so it’s possible to develop new sensitivities or even lose existing ones.
Oddly, people may crave the very foods they’re intolerant to because their bodies might get hooked on the relief that chemicals like histamine or cortisol provide when they’re released in response to allergens. Food sensitivities and allergies can shift annually, so it’s crucial to get tested yearly to stay informed about your dietary tolerances.
– Headaches and migraines
– Persistent fatigue
– Gas and bloating
– Difficulty losing weight
– Thyroid irregularities
– Chronic inflammation and pain
– Stomach discomfort
– Acid reflux or GERD
– Diarrhea or constipation
– Presence of blood in stool
– Joint pain or arthritis
– Dark under-eye circles
– Mood swings, anxiety, or depression
– Attention and hyperactivity issues
– Nausea or vomiting
– Skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis
– Sinus congestion
Systemic Inflammation: Food sensitivities may lead to inflammation, a key factor in chronic illness and weight gain.
Nutrient Absorption: Sensitivities can harm the small intestine, causing nutrient deficiencies and health problems.
Delayed Symptoms: The delayed onset of symptoms makes food sensitivities hard to pinpoint, risking continual harm.