Having a food allergy is a serious issue, as some of them might be even life-threatening. Food intolerances are usually not that severe, but can lead to a lot of trouble in the long-run.
Unfortunately, food allergies and intolerances are on the rise. There are various hypotheses, ranging from too little exposure to dirt to too much exposure to antibiotics.
A food allergy is usually the overreaction of the immune system, that should normally attack harmful bacteria and viruses. Instead of that, it might start to attack harmless proteins in our food. The effects of a food allergy usually show up immediately.
Food intolerances and allergies and can also lead to inflammation in your body, i.e. when your immune system overreacts. This inflammation, especially in your gut, can lead to weight gain, inflammatory bowel disease and many other negative effects on your health.
The effects of a food intolerance don’t have to show up immediately, but might be disguised and break out in the future. If your gut is inflamed our leaky (parts of your digested food can get into the bloodstream), you don’t necessarily have to notice it right away.
Usually, you’ll notice a decline in your energy as your body tries to attack those intruders and promotes inflammation as a consequence.
If you are suffering from symptoms, but you don’t know where they come from you might try an elimination diet for 3 weeks, getting rid of the most common food allergens, such as gluten, peanuts, dairy, corn, yeast and eggs. Soy is an allergen for some people, so you’ll could cut that out as well.
Additionally, you should eat a whole food, plant-based diet that is high in fiber, as your healthy bacteria in the gut will benefit from that.
Taking a probiotic can help you also to increase the amount of good bacteria in your gut.
If you are not sure if you have a food allergy or intolerance I highly recommend you let your physician test you as soon as possible. Especially allergies are nothing to mess around with.
Although food intolerances are usually not as severe as allergies they can be very harmful in the long run leading to serious inflammation for example in your gut. Better to test and don’t have any than not to test and having an intolerance.
Steps to take:
- If you’re having low energy all the time, get tested for food allergies & intolerances.
- Try the elimination diet. It takes some effort, but it’s worth it.