Food Intolerance: 20 Symptoms to Look For
- Intermittent Diarrhoea
- Mouth Ulcers
- Unproductive cough
- Nasal Congestion
- Skin Rashes
- Back Pain
- Stiff Joints
If you can identify with any of the following then keep reading.
Food intolerance basically means that a per If you can identify with any of the following then keep reading. son has difficulty digesting certain foods. Food intolerance (also known as food sensitivity) isn’t normally life-threatening, but can affect the quality of life, and oftentimes comes with somewhat misleading symptoms. You may not be too concerned with the occasional headache, nausea, or IBS, but you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of food in your gut health and well-being. Proper food choices and a healthy, wholesome lifestyle can not only make your tummy happy, they can also make you sleep better, have better energy throughout the day, and will leave you feeling nourished and vibrant.
The biggest issue with food intolerance symptoms is that they can be generic and very easy to misinterpret for something else. If you experience symptoms like headaches, nausea, cramps, gas, skin rashes, eczema, and make several visits to the toilet on a daily basis, you might want to do some detective work and see if a particular food intolerance might be the culprit. The most common food sensitivity groups are wheat and gluten, dairy, yeast, and histamines.
The majority of food intolerance symptoms falls into three groups: respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tracts, and skin-related conditions. Unproductive cough, asthma, nasal congestion, and sinusitis are common respiratory tract symptoms related to food sensitivity, whereas common skin-related conditions include eczema, skin rashes, hives, and dermatitis. Probably the most bothersome, nausea, gas, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (ibs), constipation, intermittent diarrhoea, and mouth ulcers are the usual food-related gastrointestinal tract symptoms. Frequent headaches, migraine, stiff joints, and general feeling under the weather are also possible signs of food sensitivity.
Symptoms of food intolerance don’t usually occur immediately after eating certain types of foods, and even more important, very little amounts of the particular food trigger might not cause any symptoms at all. For example, people that have difficulty digesting lactose can drink small amounts of milk with their morning coffee and don’t experience any symptoms at all. But, if they regularly douse their morning cereal with cow’s milk, diarrhoea or nausea might follow.
If you experience one or more food intolerance symptoms on a regular basis, you might want to start a food journal and go on an elimination diet. Write down all of the foods you normally eat and how you feel afterwards. Do you feel energised and ready to take on the world after a bowl of pasta or a big sandwich, or do you feel bloated, lethargic, and just want to take a long nap? If you find that you do write down some of the symptoms in your journal, it wouldn’t hurt to go on an elimination diet, and see if things improve. If the elimination diet makes you feel a lot better, you might want to eliminate certain foods from your diet completely. We at Vibrant can help you discover what works and what doesn’t for your body, because love (and happiness) does come from the stomach.
No one can be too carefree when it comes to these most common food intolerance triggers, and even professional athletes have had difficulties recognising what exactly might be happening with their bodies. For example, Novak Djokovic, the famous tennis player, suffered through plenty of mid-match fall downs until his nutritionist suggested that his low stamina and lack of endurance might be a sign of gluten intolerance. After giving up on glutenous foods, Djokovic’s career bloomed.
If you would like to learn more about the difference of food intolerance and food allergy check out my explanation here Food Intolerance Vs Food Allergy.