food sensitivitiesMost people are familiar with food allergies. More people are becoming aware of food sensitivities and intolerances.

While food allergies can cause potentially life-threatening reactions, food sensitivity symptoms can be a little less obvious. Do you consider yourself to be food sensitive?

“Food and chemical sensitivities are estimated to affect up to 50 percent of Americans. At times more subtle and difficult to spot than true “allergies,” sensitivities cause a wide range of very individualized symptoms, from a foggy head to unexplained diarrhea, that can significantly decrease your quality of life.”

If you have a food allergy, chances are, you would have an immediate reaction because an allergy involves an immune response. With food sensitivities, the reaction is not always immediate, so it can be more difficult to pinpoint. Food sensitivities may also cause fatigue, gas, bloating, mood swings, nervousness, migraines and eating disorders.

“Clinical research is accumulating evidence that the sensitivity to food can also increase the severity of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and other diseases normally not considered food-related.”

Studies have also linked food sensitivities to conditions such as the following – and this list seems to be growing!

  • nutrient malabsorption
  • leaky gut
  • acne
  • IBS
  • joint pain
  • ADD and ADHD
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • brain fog
  • dizziness
  • autoimmune conditions

How do you know if you have one or more food sensitivities?

Coach Georgianne’s Recommendation: Keep a written journal. Use something as simple as a small notebook that you can have with you at all times for the next 2 weeks. Write down what you have at each meal and pay particular attention to how you feel within the next hour. Symptoms can take longer to manifest, but this is a good place to start. Be aware and tune in to how you feel. See if you can discover a pattern of what you eat and how it affects you.

What do you do with this journal of insight? The next step for you may be a gentle food elimination exercise. If you would like to learn more about how to take your journal observations and test yourself at home, I invite you to reach out to me. There are many resources at Holland Health Coaching I’d be happy to tell you about!