The Importance of Healthy Food In Our Life: Is Your Food Hurting You?

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The importance of healthy food in our life is more than just a matter of being “trim” and lean. We are what we eat, literally. So many of us have no idea that we’re actually intolerant to the foods we’re eating. Often, food intolerance symptoms are written off as a “bug,” random act, bad batch of food, or something else.  Unless it’s associated with common food allergies, we don’t stop to think that perhaps, something we’re eating on a daily or perhaps semi-regular basis could be giving us unpleasant symptoms that we’d rather live without.

Food Intolerance Symptoms: Those “Misunderstood Symptoms”

Many adults and especially children, suffer from common food allergies. Shellfish allergies. Peanut and nut allergies. Soy allergies. Dairy allergies. Gluten allergies. These are popular allergies that people are familiar with. What this means is that people are more prone to “spot” these reactions more quickly, or expect them to happen. This is because allergies show clear and dramatic reactions, such as:

  • Hives
  • Throat closing up
  • Rashes
  • Trouble breathing
  • And more

Plus, food allergies tend to run in families. So if your grandfather was allergic to nuts, you may then be looking out for such symptoms in yourself and your children, if you’re a parent.

However, food intolerance is more sophisticated. It doesn’t come out and “introduce itself” the way food allergies do. Food intolerances are sneaky—like the deer that come and eat your plants, food intolerances appear and disappear, leaving people to wonder why they’re having health issues.

The other problem with food intolerances is that a doctor can test you for food allergies like gluten allergies or nut allergies, but you may pass as “not allergic.” Dairy and gluten are huge culprits here! Many people are intolerant but not allergic to both so when they don’t test showing an allergy…they figure their symptoms are from something else.

Here is a list of some common food intolerance symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Bloat
  • Lack of focus
  • Rashes
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

If these are some of the symptoms you’re experiencing yet doctors don’t have an answer for you, perhaps it’s time to consider switching to wellness care.  A wellness practice will teach you the right food for health—your individual health—so you can feel great. Instead of running to the doctor when you’re having these symptoms and treating them haphazardly, a wellness practice can identify the right and wrong foods for you! 

Wellness Care: Food For Health

In this country, “disaster care” is popular; in other words, we go to the doctor to fix us when we’re already too sick and far-gone. We rarely think of preventative care, but with wellness practices, you can find a team of practitioners who focus on keeping and maintaining your body at an optimal state, year in and year out.

Wellness practices can help you identify these intolerances with various tests like blood and saliva tests, and food and nutrient sensitivity tests. Building healthy bodies and clients who are then able to go out and care for themselves is the goal of wellness care and what we call, functional medicine.

So if you’re struggling with mysterious symptoms, ask yourself how long you’re willing to keep going on like this. Maybe just maybe, there’s an easier solution than you think…and it all lies in what you’re eating. Reaching out to a wellness practice may get you on the road to feeling better than you ever dreamed. What are you waiting for?