Uncommon Symptoms of Food Allergies: Is your Diet making You Tired?

Uncommon Symptoms of Food Allergies: Is your Diet making You Tired?

by Shearly (SU)

Your body is a complex, biological machine that uses food as fuel. Eating a healthy meal should make you feel good, instead of feeling like you were run over by a bus. Feeling exhausted after a meal can be a sign (possibly the only one you get) that you may have a sensitivity or allergy to a certain food.

Food allergies can be very subtle and therefore easy to miss. They can also be very severe. Cytokines, inflammatory molecules produced by the body in response to allergens or infection, can cause symptoms such as mood swings, brain fog, sleep issues, joint and muscle pain, and general feelings of fatigue.

You May Have Food Allergies or Sensitivities if:

·       You feel tired after eating. You may feel a strong desire to take a nap, feel lightheaded or have brain fog.  This is also a sign of low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia.

·       If you have chronic diarrhea or constipation, even though your diet is rich in fiber and you drink enough water every day.

·       If you begin to notice that your muscles feel overly sore after eating certain foods, it may be a sustained inflammatory response triggered by something you ate.

·       You have chronic headaches or even migraines after eating or later in the day. Food allergies can cause headaches, and some foods are known migraine triggers (These include chocolate, caffeine, aged cheeses and ingredients such as MSG).

·       If you have excessive gas, diarrhea, feel bloated after a meal, or have cramps, it can be a sign that your body is sensitive to the food you consumed.

In order to combat these symptoms, you may want to keep a food diary. You can also talk to your doctor about a trial elimination diet where you eliminate certain foods such as potatoes, wheat, or caffeine, and see if your symptoms improve. A good starting point is trying to integrate healthy foods such as whole wheat, and increased fruits and vegetable into your diet, rather than less healthy options.

You can also combat issues such as hypoglycemia by eating multiple small meals throughout the day that contain high quality nutrients such as fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables, and healthy oils and proteins.

Simply taking the time to pay attention to what you are eating and how you feel may help you and your doctor pinpoint foods that you need to avoid. Only a qualified physician should be trusted to diagnose the cause of your dietary distress.

In addition, many of the symptoms listed above can be caused not only by food allergies, but by underlying conditions such as an autoimmune disorder. The best course of action is to see your medical provider about getting tested for food allergies.

The best way to learn how proper nutrition is right for your body is to visit an experienced physician. If you have any questions about food allergies, weight loss, or weight management, please contact Dr. Dean Lombardo at Live Lean! At (888)383-9197. Dr. Dean Lombardo serves Ocala, FL and the surrounding area, and welcomes all inquiries and desires to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle.