Hidden food allergies reach far beyond digestive disturbances, skin rashes and breathing problems. Do you feel bloated, have pain or feel moody after eating a specific food? Certain foods can trigger physical reactions when you have an allergy or sensitivity. Food allergies are often responsible for cravings, causing you to eat more and gain weight.
Hidden food allergies frequently go undiagnosed due to delayed reactions. Symptoms can occur hours to days after a
food is consumed. This is why so many people don’t make the connection between the food and symptoms. If you’re following a low-calorie, low-fat diet and still not losing weight, it may be hidden food allergies at work!
The good news is that identifying your food allergies and tweaking your diet can put you on the right track to achieving your ideal weight. Common offending foods include corn, eggs, soy, fructose, lactose and gluten. These products are in many processed foods, making it difficult to diagnose when you don’t know where to look.
Even if you don’t have a weight problem, you need to know if you have hidden food allergies. Pinpointing reactions to specific foods is the first step in tweaking your diet. While medical tests are often needed to diagnose hidden food allergies, here’s a test that you can do at home.
- Keep a food diary to record foods you eat and physical symptoms for the following week.
- Identify potential offending foods
- Eliminate foods from your diet
- Add one food at a time back to isolate offending foods
Multiple physical and environmental factors can negatively affect your weight. Read Dr. Muth’s article, “A Burden that’s Yours to Lose” to understand more about the different weight influences.
Serenity Health Care has extensive experience in isolating hidden food allergies. Schedule a consultation to learn more about what’s preventing you from feeling and looking your best.