Researchers estimate that as many as 15 million Americans have food allergies or a food intolerance. Due to that fact, it comes as no surprise that gluten-free and dairy-free diets are rising in popularity. Food allergies are serious matters and can cause anaphylaxis and untreated, death. Ninety percent of all allergic reactions come from milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish and it is important to understand the difference between an intolerance and a true food allergy.
Having an intolerance or being sensitive to a certain food just means that your body can't easily digest that food. If you choose to eat foods your body can't process, this can cause inflammation and other symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, and bloating. Sometimes things like headaches, anxiety, and chronic pain can stem from a food intolerance, so it is good to know if you have one.
One way to find out if you have an intolerance is by using an elimination diet like the Whole30. These diets eliminate certain food groups for a period of time and then slowly reintroduce them one by one. This is supposed to help identify which foods are causing the problem, but sometimes this isn’t accurate since symptoms are often inconsistent or delayed. This is why lab testing for food intolerances with health and nutrition professionals has increased in popularity as a way to accurately pinpoint the cause of any issues.
If you choose to undergo lab testing, look for a nutritionist that can help with diagnosing and designing your nutrition plan. This can help you to get the support you need to adjust your lifestyle. Depending on your results you might want to completely remove certain foods from your diet, or you may choose to be mindful of your consumption knowing you may have some small side effects afterwards.
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