Signs and Symptoms of Possible Food Triggers
Run down the list of “typical” food allergy symptoms—scratchy throat, hives, swelling—and you can probably deem yourself free and clear in 30 seconds or less. But what about that brain fog you’ve been feeling, or those bouts of breakouts you can’t seem to shake?
And how long has that joint pain been going on?
You’re commonly most sensitive to the things you eat all the time. And thanks to things like stress, GMOs, gluten, and medications, our small intestines are loosening up faster than ever, letting your food start to permeate it and cause an immune response that starts a cascade of overall unhealthy conditions.
The following questions will help guide you to discover which foods are your personal toxic food triggers. And remember, because our immune system is changing all the time, the foods we become intolerant to can also change!
The good news is- at this point in time, when your system is cleaner than its been in a while, you are very sensitive to which foods you can and cannot tolerate.
Take notice of which symptoms can come up as you slowly reintroduce foods….
- Right after: Does anything happen shortly after eating it, such as a runny nose or mucus in the throat (typical of milk), or fatigue, bloating, or a headache or just foggy brain feeling (typical of gluten)?
- Energy: How are your energy levels?
- Bowels: How are your bowel movements the next day? Were they as frequent and as easy to eliminate or as formed as they were during the DETOX phase?
- Sleep: Did you sleep poorly? Was it as deep of sleep? Did you have intense dreams or nightmares? Did you wake up in the middle of the night?
- Emotions: How do you feel emotionally the next day? Are you angry, moody or irritable?
Let’s review the possible reactions:
No reaction: I had no reaction at all to the excluded food. Example: I felt fine • I didn’t notice any changes in mood • I felt energized and awake • I felt good.
Mild reaction: I had a noticeable reaction to the food. Example: I felt bloated and gassy • I felt tired • I felt dehydrated • I felt itchy • I felt uncomfortable • My sleep was off • I felt foggy.
Strong reaction: I had a strong negative reaction to the food. Example: I felt sick • I developed a lot of mucus • I had a strong headache • I became flushed • I became very constipated • I developed a rash • I had trouble sleeping • I felt cold or flu-like symptoms • I developed diarrhea • I became very angry or upset.
Decide whether you need to a) Remove or b) Rotate your Toxic Triggers.
Remove: If you had a strong negative reaction to a Toxic Trigger, this is your body telling you that it’s important to eliminate this food from your diet completely for a period of time.
Rotate: If your reaction to a Toxic Trigger is mild but still noticeable, it may not be necessary to eliminate them forever. Rotate your choice of foods in such a way that you don’t eat the irritating ones more than once a week.