Identifying Potential Food Allergens in Your Diet
How can you tell if your eating something your body is allergic to?
- Observe your BMs. Are they daily? Formed? Do you notice changes when you eat certain foods? Healthy bowel movements should be formed, easy to pass, and one long log. Stool that comes out in pieces or falls apart is considered loose while stool that is hard, lumpy, or little pebbles is a form of constipation.
- Do you notice any of the following after eating certain foods: sneezing, phlegm production in your nose or throat, slight shortness of breath, stomach aches, headaches, nausea, fatigue, foggy thinking, loose stool, diarrhea, constipation, mucus in your stool. These reactions can happen immediately or up to two days after eating a trigger, so keep an eye out and listen to your body!
- Sometimes these changes only happen during times of intense stress. You might be able to eat gluten most days, but when you are stressed it makes you constipated or gives you a headache. This is still a food sensitivity and since trying to conceive can increase stress levels, we recommend avoiding any foods you think might be triggering a reaction.
If you suspect you have a food sensitivity or several and know the culprit, avoid the foods for at least 2 weeks, preferably a month. You can then test it by consuming the food twice in one day and wait two days to see if the reaction returns. If you get a reaction, it is best to eliminate it from your day-to-day diet for the time being. If you’re not sure of your triggers, you may need to work a little harder and do an elimination diet to identify them.
Eliminating food sensitivities can decrease seasonal allergies, increase energy, improve mood and sleep, create sharper mental clarity, as well as eliminating the symptoms they were creating in the first place. We’ve seen food sensitivities be the sources of migraines, depression, IBS, anxiety,
In Chinese medicine, food sensitivities lead to changes in the body that can interfere with many conditions and influence fertility. Having a healthy gut in combination with a diet that is healthy for your body type is the base of overall health. It leads to a healthier liver, pancreas, digestive system, immune system, nervous system, circulatory and endocrine systems, and, basically, just a healthier you! When these systems are working in harmony, it is easier for the reproductive system to function optimally.
The most common food sensitivities are dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, corn, nuts, and peanuts. That being said, any food can cause a trigger so if you are having symptoms and can’t pinpoint the culprit, look into an elimination diet.