5 Simple Steps To Identify Your Food Sensitivities
Bloating, burping and gas– everyone’s had them– except lately, it’s happening after every meal. Maybe you’re getting awful cramps at work. Or you need to run to the bathroom multiple times a day! What’s going on?
There’s a good chance that your digestive woes are caused by unidentified food intolerances and sensitivities. And if they’re not addressed, the symptoms will only get worse.
But before you can tackle the symptoms, you need to understand the root cause of the issue.
Let’s dive in to find out.
Are Your Allergic, Intolerant Or Sensitive?
If you’re not feeling well after eating, you probably have an allergy or intolerance/sensitivity to something in your diet.
Food allergies are impossible to ignore. The immune system becomes hypersensitive to a substance and goes into overdrive trying to protect you; even if it’s safe. This causes a histamine response.
Typically, food allergies show up as hives, rashes or in extreme cases, by anaphylactic shock– your blood pressure drops and your airways narrow making it impossible to breathe (please consult your primary care physician if this is your experience– it’s serious).
Food intolerances and sensitivities have different signs. They result in digestive symptoms like cramping, bloat, heartburn, acid reflux, stomach aches, gas, constipation or diarrhea.
The good news? Your food sensitivities can be identified by following 5 simple steps. And once you do, you can take control of your health by choosing foods that heal (instead of hurt) your gut:
Step 1: Dust off your journal.
It might seem like a bore, but keeping a daily food journal (for at least one week) will reveal a lot about your gut health. You’ll soon see which foods are causing digestive upset and you’ll notice a pattern with your symptoms.
Each day, write down what you had for breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks and dinner. Be aware and write down your digestive symptoms throughout the day. Are you bloated? When did it start? How many times did you rush to the bathroom?
Highlight the food and drinks you suspect are causing your digestive upset– it might be the culprit you need to avoid.
Step 2: Remove the problematic foods/drinks linked to your digestive symptoms.
This part isn’t easy– and it’s where most people give up. Push through! This step can change your life.
For the next 5 days, completely remove the foods you highlighted in your food journal. If your digestive symptoms continue, go to the next step. If your digestive symptoms ease, omit these foods from your diet for 10 days. Then, move on to Step 4.
Step 3: Remove digestive agitators and common allergens.
Don’t get frustrated if you haven’t found the source of your digestive issues. Try this: eliminate all common allergens from your diet like dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish, and soy.
Also, consider removing foods that are well-known digestive agitators. These include sugar, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, processed foods, and nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, bell peppers and more). Eliminate these foods for 2 weeks until your digestive symptoms diminish completely before adding them back to your diet.
Step 4: Reintroduce Each Food Individually
Every day after the 2 week exclusion period, reintroduce the foods you’ve removed individually. This is the only way to know which food is causing your digestive upset.
Although you may be craving a grilled cheese sandwich, eating gluten and dairy together makes it impossible to know which one is causing digestive stress.
Step 5: Rebuild Your Gut
Now that you’ve identified your food sensitivities, keep them out of your diet for 4 to 6 weeks while your gut repairs. You’ll also benefit greatly from adding healthy gut bacteria to your diet. This repopulates the “good” bacteria so the “bad” bacteria that’s causing your digestive issues die off.
Try taking a daily probiotic supplement with at least 5 billion strains that include Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1, Lactobacillus Plantarum and Lactobacillus Brevis.
You can also eat your probiotics by adding fermented foods to your meals like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and whole milk plain yogurt. If dairy is an agitator, try non-dairy yogurt or kombucha to get a dose of healthy bacteria into your diet.
The Best Foods To Eat For Gut Health
You can also find out which foods are best to eat (and which to avoid) in our free Gut Recovery Food Guide: a jam-packed 35-page guide detailing the foods that fortify your health and repair your gut. In addition to restoring your immune system, you’ll discover foods that lower blood pressure, improve your sex life, and keep you feeling young and vital.
And if you’re still struggling with digestive issues, then it’s time to go deeper to find the root cause of your symptoms. For a limited time, we’re launching a Gut Correction Beta Group for people struggling with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
We’re only accepting 6-10 people who will get a personalized plan, specialized testing, and coaching so you can finally resolve your gut health and move forward with your life.
But there isn’t much time left to join. If you want to end the pain, distress, and embarrassment caused by IBS or SIBO you can book a free call here to see if this is right for you.
SCHEDULE YOUR FREE PATIENT DISCOVERY CALL NOW!
Schedule a FREE discovery call with the experts here at KADAN to find out how about the root cause of your health issues.
Ready To Get Started?