Do you have problems with constipation, gas, or diarrhea? Do you get frequent headaches? You could have a food allergy or sensitivity. These tend to show up as we get older and can wreak havoc on our bodies. A simple way to test for a food allergy is through an elimination diet.
Here's how it works. Quit eating anything that you think may be causing problems for 2 weeks. Some of the top food allergens are as follows:
- Milk and other dairy products
- Additives and preservatives
If anything causes a reaction, you will need to eliminate it for an additional 3 months. Then you can try it again in small amounts. If you no longer have a reaction then you can eat the food item on occasion. However, if you are still having a reaction then you will need to wait another 3 months before you try again. The gut takes a long time to heal so be patient!
There are some people who can never eat certain foods again. I am one of them and have learned to embrace the situation. Food is an important part of our life but when it harms us, it's not worth it! Take care of your gut and it will take care of you.