Food intolerances and allergies are not only for those with adverse, serious outbreaks when ingesting a specific type of food. It isn’t just the person who can’t have dairy products, or the person who breaks out in hives when eating oranges. Food intolerances can have difficult to see reactions inside of your body, as well, and you may not even know it.
1. Food Cravings
Your body may crave things that are not necessarily healthy for it. This is seen in the way some people crave sugar or sweets, or how lactose intolerant people might crave cheese or milk. Sometimes, people eat it regardless of the reaction because the craving overpowers common sense or thought to consequences. The same goes for some types of food intolerances. You may find yourself desperate for a specific food, even if that particular food is one your body is not reacting well to.
2. Fluid Retention or Bloating
Sometimes foods have a tendency of making us feel over-full, or bloated, after we eat them. Not necessarily even after a large meal. If you have a food intolerance to something you are ingesting, especially if it is something you ingest often, the food could be causing you to bloat. It could also be causing your fine blood vessels to expand, which in turn allows in more water. This ups your “water weight” and can tack on a few unwanted pounds.
3. Energy Loss
Some foods are harder for your body to process and digest than others. Not everyone has the same difficulty with the same kinds of food, either. If you are intolerant to something specific, your digestive system may have a difficult time getting that food through your system. As a result, you may feel tired, lethargic and loose your energy. This in turn means you are not burning as much fat, and that can also lead to weight gain.
Testing for Food Intolerances
Thankfully, this day and age there are numerous ways to test for allergies or intolerances to foods. Some ways are more difficult than others. At home, you can try the elimination. This, of course, is essentially dieting in a sense of the word because you are adjusting the way you eat to something you aren’t used to. Try keeping a food diary and cut out specific types of food for at least one week at a time. Note any differences, such as weight loss (or gain), increased or decreased energy levels, ease or difficulty sleeping, etc.
Beyond that, you’ll need to speak with your physician and see about having your blood tested. All it takes is a finger prick of blood, and over one hundred foods can be tested to see what effects they have on your blood. This is especially handy if you have a hard time performing the elimination method at home.