Having migraines that you simply can’t figure out why? Skin rashes that don’t clear up? Or, maybe IBS, gas or bloat? Food intolerances are much harder to identify as most intolerances cannot actually be tested for. But, once identified can be corrected much more easily than food sensitivities because they usually involve a lack of nutrients like vitamin B6, enzymes and many times are due to poor gut health. Genetics or genomics also plays a major role in food intolerances as slight mutations can the breakdown of some natural food chemicals.
What are the top 5 signs of food intolerance?
Gastrointestinal Disturbances – The most common symptoms will be acid reflux (GERD), abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and some constipation. The hardest part of identifying this to food intolerance is that in some cases it is not immediately after eating the offending food as most food intolerances are dosage-dependent. GI symptoms more often occur with histamine intolerance, sulfite sensitivities, and lactose intolerance
Migraines & Headaches – Most migraines and headaches occur hours or even 24 hours after eating foods that you have developed an intolerance too. This makes it extremely difficult to try to identify the foods that might be involved with your headaches and/or migraines. Some of the intolerances most often seen with migraines are histamine, tyramine, glutamine, and MSG.
Skin Rashes, Eczema, Dermatitis – One of the most frustrating symptoms of food intolerance is those annoying, embarrassing and painful skin conditions. In most cases, you will know that might be a food intolerance if the over the counter medications don’t work as the underlying cause is not addressed – your food intolerance.
Insomnia – Can you easily fall asleep and then suddenly you awake and your mind is racing? Some food intolerances can cause an overproduction of excitatory neurotransmitters like glutamate or histamine. And, a reduction in the neurotransmitters that help you to stay asleep like melatonin and GABA. This imbalance leads to you waking up, mind racing and you just cannot fall back to sleep.
Brain Fog & Fatigue – Ever wake up and you just can't seem to concentrate? Or, nothing makes any sense and you feel like you have a head cold even though you don’t? Those are all signs that a food intolerance could be reducing the ability of your brain to function at top speed. There are many food intolerances that lead to brain fog and fatigue as they can disrupt those healthy pathways in your brain and reduce the production of those of neurotransmitters involved in healthy brain function.
How Can you Identify a Food Intolerance?
Food intolerances are usually involved with poor gut health, lack of enzymes and genomics plays a key role here too.
Because food intolerances have multiple causes, they are extremely difficult to determine.
The first step is to rule out food sensitivities and start healing the gut. The first step in resolving food intolerances is my Food Sensitivity Program.
By going through the program and not just testing sensitivities, you determine if you have food intolerances. The good news is that most food intolerances are easy to overcome once you figure out the intolerance.
Eileen Schutte, MS, CN, FMN – One of my biggest passions is to help clients overcome food intolerances like histamine intolerance and sensitivities so that they can enjoy food again. My other passion is nutrigenomics, speaking to your genes through nutrition with focus on digestive health, autoimmune conditions, and skin health. I hold a master's degree in functional nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut graduating Summa Cum Laude. After completing my masters I went on to get my certification in Functional Medicine Nutrition, and am a Certified LEAP Therapist (food sensitivities program). In addition, I am pursuing advanced education in Nutrigenomics through the American College of Nutrition.