How to Know If You Have Food Sensitivities
The protein that is in dairy, known as casein, is a common sensitivity. Additionally, most cows are given antibiotics and hormones which causes farmers to have to pasteurize and homogenize the dairy, removing the fat. To replace this nutrition, synthetic vitamins are used in the milk, which people may have a reaction to. Fermented dairy, however, like grass-fed yogurt and kefir, stops some of the problems with casein sensitivity and is therefore better tolerated.
Nuts and Seeds
The roughage and proteins in nuts often cause irritation. Additionally, most nuts come from stores are coated in industrial seed oils which are often inflammatory. Raw nuts are better tolerated than store-bought boiled or roasted nuts.
This all leads to the need to do elimination diets. This creates eight ways that you can learn if and what you are sensitive to when it comes to food.
During an elimination diet, you stop consuming certain foods for three or four weeks and monitor your health as the food is worked out of your body. Slowly reintroduce the food to see if you have any reactions or symptoms.
The best elimination diets eliminate the largest number of potentially hazardous foods. This sounds like a lot of work, but in the end will provide answers. To start, an effective elimination diet removes wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, beef, pork, chicken, coffee, nuts, citrus fruits, beans/lentils, and nightshade vegetables. This will leave a diet to be primarily comprised of rice, turkey, vegetables, fruit, fish, and lamb.
The length of an elimination diet varies, depending on the severity of symptoms and the age of the patient. Children may be able to see an improvement in as early as a week, while adults typically need around a month.
At the end of the elimination, slowly reintroduce each single food group for just one day. Then, monitor any symptoms for two additional days. If there are no symptoms, try reintroducing a different food three days in. Continue this process until you’ve decided if any foods cause an issue. The entire elimination process takes about 6 weeks and results in a lot of knowledge about how your body reacts to different foods.
Food sensitivities and allergies can be very limiting and cause stress to anyone. It is helpful to learn the basis of your food issues so you can know which foods to avoid and not have to suffer without knowing the root cause.