Anyone, child or adult can develop food sensitivities at any time during their life.
Are you finding that you are suffering with symptoms after meals? A food intolerance or food sensitivity can strike at any age.
Unlike food allergies, which involve the immune system, food intolerance is a digestive disorder. It’s when our body cannot process a food or food additive properly.
Some common symptoms of food intolerance are:
- stomach pains or cramps
- gas and bloating
- ear infections
- post nasal drip
What causes food intolerance later on in life?
Most food intolerances reflects a person’s overall state of health. Healthy gut flora levels can be diminished over time and when eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). The inner lining of the stomach can be damaged by:
- an unhealthy diet high in sugar, trans fats, gluten, dairy, artificial colourings
- pain killing medicines
- anxiety or stress
- infections or illness
This damage happens over time and can cause inflammation and interfere with digestion. A sudden food intolerance may not be sudden but most likely has developed over time.
Molecules of poorly digested food may sometimes escape the stomach, attracting the attention of the antibody immunoglobulin G (IgG). This is called ‘intestinal permeability’ or ‘leaky gut syndrome’. Over time, these antibodies may begin to respond to particular foods. Next stop: a chronic food intolerance.
These problems can develop at almost any age. Everyone is different – with differing genetic propensities and varying levels of health. So one person might struggle with fruit, another with dairy, and a third with chicken or wheat.
How to find out if you have food intolerances
Working out exactly what you’re intolerant to may not be that easy. If you eat a yogurt at breakfast and feel ill, then the link will be obvious, but what if you’ve eaten a whole breakfast before the queasiness begins? Some people do experience immediate symptoms but reactions can often be delayed up to several hours making it hard to know what you have reacted to.
Most people do not realize that the very foods they are eating are causing their health symptoms.
A simple and cost effective way to find out if you have food intolerances is to take the Check My Body Health Food Sensitivity Test.
Both my husband and I have done this simple test. It is so comprehensive and I was blown away by the amount of information they provide. We decided to do the whole food panel, vitamin and mineral panel as well as the gut health test.
As you know all illness begins and ends in the gut, so knowing how your gut health is, is super important to living a healthy life.
I recommend this test to all my clients, friends and family as a way to see if food is playing a role in your overall health.
When you receive your Check My Body Health Test results the foods are colour coded. Red is a highly reactive food. Orange moderately reactive and Green is an okay food. Now you can plan an elimination diet with the help of someone like me, a nutritionist or you can do it on your own. You will likely start to notice a difference in how you feel and realize that the very foods you were eating were most likely causing some of your health symptoms.