Your Body Is Talking to You About a Food Allergy Symptom – Are You Listening?
Did you know that a food allergy symptom could cause you to experience:
- Chronic sinus congestion and postnasal drainage?
- Indigestion and bloating after meals?
- Attacks of diarrhea or constipation?
- Eating binges or jags?
- Food cravings?
- Do you get irritable if you don’t eat on time?
- Are you more energetic after eating?
- Would you like a siesta after eating?
- Do you feel better if you skip a meal or fast?
Here is an important unknown and easy test that may indicate a food allergy symptom to alcohol.
If you take a drink of alcohol does it make you:
- Feel ill?
- Take away symptoms?
- Do you get a hangover after just one drink?
If you said “yes” to any of these questions, then you may be reacting to a food – resulting in a food allergy symptom.
Of course, any symptom can come from causes other than food sensitivities.
However, most people are unaware that these symptoms may be caused by a reaction to a food. Since we tend to eat the same foods day in and day out, we are never off them long enough to recognize the connection of the food initiating the food allergy symptom.
The most common hidden food allergens include:
- Table sugar
If you read labels of processed food, you will find that all of these foods are often hidden in the foods you are eating.
A lot of people think they are avoiding dairy products because they are not eating milk or cheese.
However, if you read the label, you will find dairy products in many items including bread. For instance, milk protein is called casein.
Therefore, the label may not say milk, but it may have casein listed as one of the ingredients. Milk and dairy products commonly cause chronic sinus congestion and postnasal drainage.
So, if you stop drinking all milk and eating cheese and yogurt and the other obvious dairy products but you are still eating the bread with the casein in it, you will most likely still have the symptom.
Even very small amounts of a food hidden in a product you are eating can trigger your food sensitivity reactions and result in a food allergy symptom.
The reaction is not related to the quantity of that food you are eating.
That is because even small amounts of a food will trigger the abnormal reaction in the immune system that is causing you to have that food allergy symptom.
You see, I didn’t think I had any food sensitivities, either, in the early 1980s when I was dealing with some health problems.
Just because I hid chocolate chips from everybody so that I could eat them all myself didn’t mean I had a food sensitivity. Finally, when a physician told me to get off all sugar, I thought, oh, he has got to be kidding!
I can get off sugar for a month and then I’ll be all right and I can go back and eat it.
Well, guess what?
I am still off sugar 35 years later because I am so sensitized to it.
I also had a lot of different food allergy symptoms and food sensitivities at one time and have been able to add them back to my diet.
But my reaction to sugar (table sugar, sucrose) acts just like an addiction. If I eat some, then I want more and more and more and feel worse and worse and worse. In the body food sensitivity reactions act just like alcohol and drug addictions.
That is probably because of the way food sensitivities stress the balancing systems of the body. The message here is to pay attention to to any food allergy symptom – even it you only suspect a problem.
When you eat a food that you react to and experience a food allergy symptom, it over stimulates the adrenal glands.
The adrenals are involved in gearing you up to deal with stress, so they pour out a lot of hormones that make you feel hyperactive. Therefore, initially, when you eat a food, you may be happy-high and feel really good.
However, the body cannot sustain that level of hormones all the time, and so, after four to six hours, you may start feeling:
Often, subconsciously, you know if you eat that food again, you will feel better again and go into the happy-high phase again.
This the difficultly in identifying a food allergy symptom – it can make you feel good and bad.
Whether you are in the happy-high or in the unhappy, depressed phase of the food addiction cycle, you are over stressing your glands and causing wear and tear on your body.
This food addiction cycle is why some people have to suck on a certain brand of soft drink all day long.
Others may be more addicted to coffee.
However, you can have food sensitivity reactions to any food, even foods that are considered perfectly healthy foods like carrots.
If you are sensitized to them, then they affect your body adversely.
A reaction to a food will upset your body chemistry and cause you to excrete minerals you really need. Therefore, any food reaction can cause upset mineral balance in the body.
Which Food Allergy Symptom Is Getting You Down?
DIGESTION: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, belching, passing gas, stomach pain, cramps, heartburn.
EMOTIONS: Mood swings, anxiety, fear, nervousness, anger, irritability, aggressive behavior, depression, “binge” eating or drinking, cravings for certain foods.
ENERGY, ACTIVITY: Fatigue, sluggishness, lethargy, drowsiness, lack of energy, apathy, hyperactivity, restlessness.
EYES, EARS & NOSE: Watery or itchy eyes, blurred or tunnel vision (does not include near or farsightedness), itchy ears, earaches, ear infections, ear drainage, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, sneezing attacks, runny or stuffy nose, excessive mucus formation, hay fever, sinus problems.
HEART & LUNGS: Irregular or skipped heartbeat, rapid or pounding heartbeat, chest pain, chest congestion, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing.
MIND: Poor memory, coordination, concentration, mental dullness, lethargy, confusion, inability to make decisions, stuttering, slurred speech, learning disabilities.
MUSCLES & JOINTS: Feeling of weakness or tiredness, pain or aches in muscles, pain or aches in joints, arthritis, stiffness or limitation of movement.
SKIN: Hives, rashes, dry skin, swollen, reddened, or sticky eyelids, flushing or hot flashes, bags or dark circles under the eyes, excessive sweating, acne, hair loss.
THROAT AND MOUTH: Coughing, gagging, need to clear throat, sore throat, hoarseness, loss of voice, swollen or discolored tongue, gums, or lips, pain or sores on tongue, gums, or lips, canker sores.
OTHER: Excess weight, overweight, underweight, compulsive eating, faintness, dizziness, frequent illness, frequent or urgent urination, genital itch or discharge, water retention, insomnia, headaches.
NOTE: Many health conditions may cause the above problems. Professional medical evaluation is recommended to establish if causes other than food sensitivities are responsible.
Eliminate those foods you react to and you will start breezing down that Highway to Health!