Surprising Signs You Have A Food Allergy

September 30, 2016  |  
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Most of us live in a society where we believe everything must be treated by pharmaceuticals. Every time we see a doctor, they jump into running blood work and x-rays, without asking us some basic, simple questions about our lifestyle that could direct them straight to the problem. Some people who go down this route can go years of not discovering why they don’t feel well. They struggle with chronic stomach pains and head pains, or alarming bouts of nausea, and yet every test comes back “normal” or “negative” for the condition being looked for. While it should be comforting to have doctors find nothing wrong with you, it isn’t when you know something feels very wrong. If this sounds like something you’ve experienced, you may be suffering from a food allergy and not even know it. Food allergies aren’t always as obvious as vomiting and rashes. Here are 15 surprising signs you have a food allergy.

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Depression

Your stomach is actually involved in the production of the happy chemical serotonin. When you eat food to which you’re allergic, your gut can’t perform it’s proper functions–like creating serotonin–and that can lead to depression.
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Anxiety and more

For some, the lack of serotonin manifests itself as anxiety, trouble sleeping, and even difficulty focusing.

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Bloating

Some people think it’s perfectly normal to bloat up after a meal. But, in fact, if you don’t over-eat, and you just feel comfortably full, there is no reason to bloat up. This might be inflammation brought on by an allergy.
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Low energy

If you’ve seen a doctor and ruled out other common causes of low energy like low B-12 levels and neurological disorders, consider getting a food allergy test. Your body needs to work extra hard to try to process foods to which it’s allergic, which will leave you feeling constantly exhausted.
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Eczema

Many people believe that eczema is hereditary, and there is nothing you can do about it. But eczema can be quite well-managed, especially if you determine the foods to which you’re allergic. Bad foods can be a major eczema trigger.

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Vitamin deficiencies

If you eat a diet full of vitamins and even take a few supplements, but your blood work shows you’re low on certain nutrients, you could be allergic to a particular food. Your body calls upon its extra stores of nutrients to help it through the stressful process of digesting bad food, which can leave you lacking in those.
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Difficulty sleeping

If you struggle to sleep, ask yourself why that is. Do you wake up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night? Is it uncomfortable to sleep on your stomach? If you pay attention, you may find that other symptoms of a food allergy are causing insomnia.
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Psoriasis

Research is finding that most of our skin conditions can be linked to foods we shouldn’t be eating, and that includes psoriasis.
 

Cramps

Cramps

A lot of people, especially women, write off cramps as normal–maybe it’s just PMS or an incoming bowel movement. Cramps are not normal, though; they are your body’s way of saying it cannot properly process something going on, like the digestion of bad food.
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Bad PMS

The cramps could, however, be associated with PMS but that terrible PMS could be linked to a food allergy. When you eat food to which you’re allergic, the medication you take cannot work as well, and that includes PMS medication like Midol.
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Gas

Do you think you’re just a “gassy person?” There really is no such thing. Everybody farts plenty of times a day, sure, but if you suffer from painful, excess, extremely smelly gas after meals, it’s because your body is struggling to digest something.
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Migraines

People don’t often associate the stomach with the head, but in fact, bad foods can cause a headache. Gluten, sugar, and dairy are some of the biggest headache triggers for people with migraines.
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Arthritis

Arthritis can happen for various reasons, but if you’re struggling with it at a young age, don’t have a history of it, and are doing all the things to combat it, it could be a food allergy. Bad foods cause your joints to become inflamed.
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Excess weight

Your stomach sends signals to your brain to let you know when you’re full, but food allergies can interrupt these signals. A vast majority of people who struggle to lose weight in spite of calorie deprivation turn out to have a food allergy.

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Tenderness in the abdomen

Because a food allergy can cause things like bloat and constipation, it can put a lot of pressure on the abdomen, leaving it feeling tender and sore.

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