A food sensitivity, or intolerance, may produce similar symptoms as a food allergy, but will not trigger an immunologic response the way an allergy does. The lack of immune response means a doctor may not be able to diagnose a food sensitivity. You may experience bloating, gas, headaches or other symptoms such as skin problems from food sensitivities.
Keeping a food journal for a week is an excellent, easy way to see a direct cause between what you eat and what you're feeling. We don't usually associate our mood or energy levels with what we just ate, but you will be surprised if you take the time to do this simple exercise how strong a relationship you may find. Often you can immediately see what is causing bloating or headaches, I know that I personally solved such an issue just by keeping a food journal.
If you want to take it an extra step you can use an app on your phone that tracks your diet and breaks it down into macro nutrients and calories, so you can really see how much sugar, fat and sodium you are consuming.
You will find that you will identify foods that make you bloat right away and you can eliminate them, also the better you become at identifying foods that trigger a response from you, the easier it will be to maintain an ideal weight, since sensitivities usually lead to weight gain as well. Keep in mind, food can take up to 8 hours to produce a reaction, its uncommon to take that long though.
This may sound like too much work, and it is a commitment, if you are having symptoms that seem unsolvable and are ready to live bloat free you will feel remarkably better very quickly after you remove the offending foods. It is worth the effort, so just take the extra 10 minutes per day and do it.
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