5 Signs you might have a food allergy or intolerance

Today I’m happy to share 5 Signs you might have a food allergy or intolerance. I have quite a few food intolerances; they are actually more common than you think! It is important to understand if you have a food allergy or intolerance because it can really zap your energy levels.

Before I get into the signs you might have a food allergy or intolerance, I want to explain the difference between the two. A food allergy is an immune system response that affects more than one organ in the body. It can be as severe as an anaphylactic reaction. Food intolerances are usually related to the body’s inability to properly breakdown and digest specific foods. Food intolerances are usually much less serious, but they can cause a lot of discomforts and zap your energy levels.

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You get stomach cramps

You get painful stomach cramps after eating foods you are intolerant to because your body can’t properly break them down and digest them. These foods can actually damage your digestive tract and cause you to go running for the bathroom.

You are farting and burping and look 5 months pregnant by the end of the day

If your body can’t or doesn’t produce the enzymes necessary to break down a certain food, the undigested food hangs out in the digestive tract and starts to ferment. As it ferments, it produces gas which causes you to fart, burp and makes your stomach expand to make you look preggers.

You have eczema that is not weather-related

Eczema occurs when foods trigger an immune reaction that stimulates the release of histamines. This is usually a delayed reaction and can be difficult to trace back to a particular food.  

You find your nose is stuffy all year around

This is really common in people who are allergic to dairy because it is extremely mucus forming. If you are allergic to dairy, your body sees it as a foreign protein and you produce histamines which end up as the mucus that stuffs up your nose.

You feel really sleepy after meals or all the time

Food is supposed to leave you feeling energized! Some doctors believe hidden food allergies can make you want to nap after meals. This happens when the reaction or allergy isn’t severe enough to cause itching or hives. 

Eat Clean for Energy

If you are allergic to a certain food, you are probably not digesting it properly. When you aren’t properly digesting your food, you aren’t actually getting the macronutrients and micronutrients your body needs to produce energy. You can be eating all the right things, but if your digestion isn’t functioning properly the food is literally coming in one end and out the other.  

In my course Eat Clean for Energy, we spend a whole week on digestion, which includes food allergies and how to determine what you are allergic to and I deep dive into probiotics and enzymes. Register here and use code JESSESAVES for $75 off.

Learn more about my course here.

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