Ever been in one of those drug test places and seen them advertise allergy testing? A lot of us know about the obvious allergies; nuts, seafood, etc. but I’m learning more and more that people can have severe intolerances for things like gluten and wheat. A couple of years ago a friend of mine took a comprehensive test and found out that she had a gluten intolerance, and this was a huge key in explaining why despite eating clean and working out she constantly found herself tired, in poor shape, and bloated. As more and more people get into muscle testing and allergy testing, we’re learning that it’s possible that you could be eating and doing all the right things but simultaneously eating things that are good for others but aren’t necessarily good for you.

Doctor showing digital tablet to woman. Female patient sitting with health professional. They are against window in hospital.

So what should you do if you suspect that you have an intolerance. Clinical dieticians encourage people to start by keeping a food diary tracking everything they eat, along with a symptom log. You can do both of these in the Lifesum app. It’s important to also note down the exact time of all the things you eat and the symptoms you experience, as delayed symptoms are those that typically indicate intolerance.

You’ll be looking for symptoms like dry skin, bloating, itching, digestive upset, fatigue, headaches, stomach aches, joint aches and pains, and migraines. Once you’ve detected which foods might be triggering you, make a list of them. The next step is eliminating.

woman drinking coffee holding phone with lifesum app

You start by eliminating all the foods on your list to see if skipping them has any positive impact on your health. After a period of about three or so weeks, pick a food from your list to eat freely for a few days (2-3). Make sure to keep your food diary throughout, taking notes about any symptoms you might feel. If you feel any symptoms again, you’ve found a food that might be best to keep at minimum intake in your diet, and you’ll go back to eliminating it until you’re free of symptoms and can test the next food on your list. If you don’t continue eating the food moderately and move on to testing the next food or food group on our list. You’ll continue like this until you’ve worked your way through the entire list.

Is there anything you think you might have an intolerance to? What are some negative symptoms you often experience after eating?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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