How do I know if I have a food intolerance?
Unlike a food allergy which creates an immediate reaction in the body such an anaphylactic shock, a food intolerance creates symptoms that can take up to 4 days to present themselves, such as:
Food intolerances are difficult to detect due to the delayed reaction. Sometimes the symptoms present right away such as bloating after meals, and other times it takes 3-4 days to show up. It’s hard because we often don’t associate how we feel right now with what we ate 4 days ago!
If the above symptoms sound like you, there’s a good chance you are suffering from 1 or more food intolerances, and they can even be “healthy foods” such as certain vegetables, fruits and grains.
One of the more common side-effects of food intolerance is weight gain. This is mainly due to depleted levels of serotonin, the powerful chemical responsible for maintaining mood balance, social behavior, libido, memory, and digestive health. More importantly, though, serotonin also acts as the natural appetite suppressant in our bodies, making us feel satisfied even when our stomachs are not full..
When fighting a food intolerance, serotonin production (95% of which originates from the cells in our intestines) decreases dramatically, leading us to intense carb and sugar cravings.
This process sends our bodies into a vicious cycle of mood swings, depression, and unwanted cravings, all stemming from the body’s fight against food intolerance.