So much of our health is dependent upon what we choose to eat and how well our body digests and absorbs the food. Perhaps dairy and soy are causing you delayed food sensitivity reactions.
By avoiding your food sensitivities, you can lose a lot of weight and improve many health issues that you may not have even considered were related to food.
What is the Difference Between a Food Allergy and a Food Sensitivity?
A true food allergy is something we are all familiar with: if you’re allergic to strawberries and accidentally ingest something with strawberry, your eyes may swell, your throat may close and you’ll likely end up in the emergency room. Foods that you’re allergic to are foods you must avoid for life.
Food sensitivities, however, are mediated by a different immune pathway that is slower to react and not as severe and life-threatening. For example, you may have a migraine on Wednesday that is actually a result of the cheese you ate on Monday.
We typically never stop think about something we ate 2 or 3 days ago as being the cause of a symptom we are experiencing in the present moment. However, the truth is, food sensitivities often cause symptoms long after consumption, and avoiding certain foods can mean the difference between your feeling vital and healthy or feeling horrible and sick all the time.
How Do You Test for Food Sensitivities?
One common way to test for food sensitivities is through an elimination diet, in which you remove all the top offending foods (like soy, dairy, eggs, etc.) from your diet for a minimum of 30 days and then slowly challenge our bodies with them by adding them back in one by one.
While this method works, it can be difficult and frustrating for some. Having a food sensitivity test performed on you more easily and quickly narrows down what you specifically need to avoid.