Everywhere you go today, it seems someone has a special dietary restriction. Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, housework-free (Ok, I made that up, but I wish it somehow existed!)
Actually, you don’t have to go far to see special sections in grocery stores and allergy menus are the norm at most major restaurants. (Thankfully!
Have you wondered if maybe, this could be causing some of the issues you see in yourself or your kids? I’ve listed 5 ideas below to help you get started. I hope that they cause you to explore food intolerances/allergies a little further. (Please remember I am not a doctor and these statements are not intended to diagnose. They are tools that may help you get some answers.) They are not listed in ANY particular order.
Behavioral problems such as ADHD and anxiety are on the rise (especially amongst kids). Kids seem to have trouble in school and difficulty getting along with other kids. It is not uncommon for kids to be unable to focus in school or sit still long enough to listen to the teacher’s lesson. As a matter of fact, food allergies may be to blame.
Alternately, if you’ve tried all of the ‘right’ parenting tactics (I know there isn’t really ONE right tactic) then maybe it’s time to explore the possibility of food allergies.
I don’t want to overlook behavioral problems in adults. Although most adults won’t ‘act out’ on the playground, (or at least I hope they won’t :)) an underlying sense of anger, crabbiness or just plain old UGH, could be coming from a particular food allergy or intolerance.
Have you heard the term ‘brain fog’? You may feel like your thoughts and ideas just won’t connect. Or maybe you have been trying to stay on task at work or in school and you just can’t focus. This is one of the tell-tale signs of a food allergy. The gut-brain connection is just starting to become more mainstream. It makes sense that what goes into your body could affect your output and ability to concentrate.
I love this article from Dr. Axe that explains the gut-brain connection more in depth. He even goes into ways to heal it.
This one seems obvious. Food can make or break your digestive system. If you struggle with irregularity then the chances are great that you have a food allergy or intolerance. When you eat something your body is allergic or intolerant to, your body can’t digest it. You will notice stomach aches and constipation or diarrhea. It would definitely be worth exploring food allergies if you experience any digestive issues.
We often put up with insomnia and fatigue as a way of life. ‘I’m just busy, so I’m tired all the time,’ people think, or ‘I just can’t sleep because I’m stressed.’ Your diet can be the culprit, more often than not. Of course, it is important to have a regular sleep schedule, but provided you are resting 7-8 hours a night, you should wake up and feel refreshed.
On the other hand, you may find that you are sleeping just fine at night, but can’t seem to stay awake during the day. If this is you, it is possible that a certain food is causing you to react. Your reaction may be sleepiness.
Two of the most common skin disorders are eczema and psoriasis and yet, more often than not, they are easily treated by eliminating top food offenders. If you have a stubborn skin condition that won’t go away, it may be beneficial for you to consider a food allergy as the culprit.
There are many, many symptoms linked to food allergies and intolerances, unfortunately. If you find yourself with a nagging symptom that just won’t go away, perhaps you should consider your diet. It may just be that switching up what you eat is the answer. Ultimately, you will know if something just isn’t ‘quite right’ with your body and it would do you well to listen.
Our family was able to figure out many different food intolerances that we didn’t even know existed when we did the Whole 30 challenge last October. It was definitely worth the effort we put into it for the results we received!
Stay tuned for the BEST way to figure out if you have food allergies!
How about you? Have you discovered food allergies have given you any crazy symptoms? Was it hard for you to figure out? I would love to hear how you have been able to discover your food allergies or intolerances. Has changing your diet helped?