Common Indicators Of A Food Intolerance

You have no doubt heard about a food intolerance before, and maybe you have been diagnosed as having one. However, if you have never thought to consider that you yourself may have a food intolerance that you are currently unaware of, you may be possibly dealing with one without even having the knowledge to get a proper diagnosis, and therefore the proper treatment. If you have ever noticed any sort of pain or discomfort in relation to a particular food or flavor, than you may be on the right track to discovering a food intolerance that your digestive system experiences.

Still, this is only a relatively general guideline to identifying and diagnosing a food intolerance, which is why I think it is important to be informed of many of the symptoms so that you can be able to better assess your personal and unique situation. I recently came across a very helpful and comprehensive article that was posted by Care 2 which provides a great list of some of the most common warning signs of a food intolerance in the body. Keep on reading so you can pick up on these cues and signs for yourself, or another person, if ever needed.

You will want to start by taking up a food diary in which you list all the food you eat as well as all the drinks you consume. You will also want to take notes and record how you feel both physically as well as mentally before, during, and after consuming these foods and drinks. This way, you can begin to look for patterns that much the following food intolerance symptoms. 

If you are experiencing chronic problems with your gut health, there may be a food that you are consuming often without even realizing that your body can’t handle or process it well. Bloating, gas, cramps, and nausea can all be symptoms of a food intolerance. In a similar vein, chronic pain that tends to be centered on and around the joints all throughout the body can also point to an intolerance that may be causing inflammation flare ups around the soft tissues near the joints, which leads to pain, stiffness, and general discomfort. 

One more big sign that you may need to clean up your diet a little bit relates to your energy levels. If you find that you are constantly exhausted, even if you are getting a good night’s sleep often, you may want to check with a doctor to see if something in your diet is to blame.

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