Food sensitivities and allergies may seem insignificant to some people, but if you have ever experienced an inflamed gut or allergic reaction, you know how seriously they should be taken and the impact they can have on your daily life. Many people with food sensitivities are not aware that they are affected even though they may present symptoms. Research continually proves that gut health is a sign of overall health so having a constant upset gut can be a warning sign that you should pay attention to! Let’s talk about some of the most common food sensitivities, how they can impact your daily life and what you can do to feel better.
What to look out for
If you have ever felt stomach pain, nausea, bloating, heartburn, or even irritability and nervousness, you may be experiencing the symptoms of a food sensitivity. These symptoms may clear up quickly and seem minor, but over time a food sensitivity can have a real impact on your daily life. Having an undiagnosed food sensitivity for a prolonged period of time can cause you to feel fear or anxiety during events like dinners and celebrations and towards food in general. In some cases an undiagnosed food sensitivity can cause long term gastrointestinal complications, so if you think you are experiencing the symptoms of a food sensitivity, it is best to find out now rather than later.
Common food sensitivities
Some of the most common food sensitivities are found in everyday staples like dairy, eggs, sugar, caffeine, citrus fruits, and nightshade vegetables. There are other common food sensitivities that can be a bit more difficult to identify, meaning you may need to research the product and look at the ingredients list. These tricky ones are commonly gluten, grains, nuts or seeds, yeast, soy, and processed foods. Any of these foods may have certain sugars, ingredients, or processes that bother your gut.
So how can you begin to figure out which food sensitivity you may have? It is all about the elimination diets. There are tons of elimination diet variations for food sensitivities, you just need to figure out how you want to start. The most common and extreme way to start an elimination diet is to eliminate all of the foods listed above for a month or two and begin slowly adding them in one by one. This may sound like a big commitment, but it is one of the best ways to figure out what is causing your symptoms and begin to eliminate any food sensitivities.
A healthy lifestyle helps support a healthy body! At Progressive Spine & Rehab Center, we’re always here to help you live your best and healthiest life. Getting routine nutritional counseling and chiropractic care are great ways to stay healthy and take care of your body. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!