If you are in relatively good shape inside and out — you exercise and eat a healthy diet, with the rare occasion when you gobble a fast food burger or donuts — yet you’re still feeling a variety of symptoms, you may very well be one of millions of Americans who have food intolerance or sensitivities.
Sure, you can enjoy overall systemic good health through nutritious diet, exercise, good sleep and other lifestyle habits, but certain foods may provoke such annoyances as allergies, pain, fatigue, headaches, and that stubborn persistence of that 10 pounds refusing to go away.
Medical research demonstrates that food reactions can indeed cause and aggravate numerous conditions that depress daily quality of life and well-being. Some foods can cause problems anywhere from four to 96 hours after consumption, making it difficult for you to discern exactly what the source food was several days ago!
If this describes you thus far, starting today, keep a detailed food diary. Note down everything from the mouthwash/toothpaste you use, to the mint you grab at the bank and enjoy while waiting on line, to meals and beverages. Just keep it all in order. As you read more, you will learn that the chemicals in both natural foods and in processed/packaged foods may contribute to some symptoms of “just being a bit off today,” or “I have a vague headache,” or, “I’m feeling blue, but nothing’s wrong, ” or, “why am I so tired? I got 7 hours sleep!”
Food allergies may be severe and even fatal, when they authentically exist. Food allergies, however, are distinctly different from food intolerance and sensitivity.
There is a simple blood test called the ALCAT test that can identify foods that are not being properly metabolized. The interesting thing is in many cases theses are healthy foods and you may or may not display any symptoms. This test requires a blood drawer and it takes about 10 days for results. A report comes back with mild, moderate and severe intolerance. A rotational diet is also given to make it really simple to follow. This test may be covered by health insurance it someone has symptoms such as joint pain, digestive symptoms, headachesand more.