Having migraines that you simply can’t figure out why? Skin rashes that don’t clear up? Or, maybe IBS, gas or bloat? Food intolerances are much harder to identify as most intolerances cannot actually be tested for. But, once identified can be corrected much more easily than food sensitivities because they usually involve lack of nutrients like vitamin B6, enzymes and many times are due to poor gut health. Genetics or genomics also plays a major role in food intolerances as slight mutations can the breakdown of some naturally food chemicals.
So, what are the top 5 signs of a food intolerance?
Gastrointestinal Disturbances – The most common symptoms will be acid reflux (GERD), abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and for some constipation. The hardest part of identifying this to a food intolerance is that in some cases it is not immediately after eating the offending food as most food intolerances are dosage dependent. GI symptoms more often occur with histamine intolerance, sulfite sensitivities and lactose intolerance
Migraines & Headaches – Most migraines and headaches occur hours or even 24 hours after eating foods that you have developed an intolerance too. This makes it extremely difficult to try to identify the foods that might be involved with your headaches and/or migraines. Some of the intolerances most often seen with migraines are histamine, tryamine, glutamine and MSG.
Skin Rashes, Eczema, Dermatitis – One of the most frustrating symptoms of a food intolerance is those annoying, embarrassing and painful skin conditions. In most cases, you will know that might be a food intolerance if the over the counter medications don’t work as the underlying cause is not addressed – your food intolerance.
Insomnia – Can you easily fall asleep and then suddenly you awake and your mind is racing? Some food intolerances can cause an overproduction of excitatory neurotransmitters like glutamate or histamine. And, a reduction in the neurotransmitters that help you to stay asleep like melatonin and GABA. This imbalance leads to you waking up, mind racing and you just cannot fall back to sleep.
Brain Fog & Fatigue – Ever wake up and you just can’t seem to concentrate? Or, nothing makes any sense and you feel like you have a head cold even though you don’t? Those are all signs that a food intolerance could be reducing your ability of your brain to function at top speed. There are many food intolerances that lead to brain fog and fatigue as they can disrupt those healthy pathways in your brain and reduce the production of those of neurotransmitters involved in healthy brain function.
So just how can you identify food intolerances like histamine, MSG, tyramine, glutamate or maybe a sulfur sensitivity? Food intolerances are usually involved with poor gut health, lack of enzymes and genomics plays a key role here too. Because food intolerances have multiple causes, they are extremely difficult to determine. The first step is to rule out food sensitivities and start healing the gut.
Start with my Heal Your Gut, Healthy You program which includes food sensitivity testing and healing the gut with healing food, botanicals and herbs. The Level 2 program includes the MRT Food Sensitivity Test, LEAP Food Plan and GI Map test through Diagnostic Solutions.
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