I don’t personally deal with food sensitivities, nor does anyone in my immediate family – at least that I am aware of! – so I asked Kiran to share how cutting out certain foods can help get to the bottom of some mysterious symptoms. We’ve also got a clean allergy-friendly option for those who need it in today’s new sponsored post.
Food sensitivities are a hot topic these days. Personally speaking, I didn’t even know I had some until a few years ago when I was at my doctor’s office complaining about my “random” unexplained symptoms. He suggested doing a blood test to see if food sensitivities could be the cause of them. Flash forward 3 years, and I’ve now had a few different tests that have led to dietary changes.
Food Sensitivity Symptoms
Food sensitivities are your body’s reaction to various foods and can present in many different ways. Fatigue and brain fog are two of the most common symptoms, but here’s a more comprehensive list:
- Brain fog
- Skin problems (hives, rashes, etc.)
- Joint pain
- Digestive issues, stomach pain
Food sensitivities are often confused with allergies, but they are actually very different. A food allergy causes an immune response that affects organs in the body. Allergic reactions can be severe to life-threatening, causing various symptoms, and usually happen right away.
A food sensitivity is usually less serious, yet can lead to some unpleasant symptoms, such as those listed above. Food sensitivities are not as quick to occur as food allergies and may take days to cause any visible reactions, often making them difficult to diagnose without adequate testing, though keeping a food journal and doing an elimination diet can be extremely helpful.
Common Food Allergy Culprits
According to the Food Allergy Research & Education Organization, the 8 most common food allergy culprits are:
- Tree nuts