Allergies are more than annoying – they can be dangerous and reduce your quality of life.
Allergies aren’t just environmental irritants, but things that your immune system reacts to negatively. This can cause your body to produce responses ranging severity from nasal congestion to stomach upset to anaphylaxis, depending on what your body has an intolerance to.
Additionally, allergies can cause stress, worry, and other emotional distress caused by allergy-induced physical symptoms, particularly when they the issue goes undiagnosed,. Between the physical and mental discomfort, it’s no wonder that food allergies are linked to problems like hormonal imbalance, infertility, chronic headaches, insomnia, and other health problems.
The headache of food allergies: pain, infertility, and other problems
In 2017, it was estimated that 4 percent of the population of the United States suffers from food allergies. While many people know if they have an allergic reaction based on their diet – like breaking out in hives from eating strawberries – many people have a more mild intolerance to certain kinds of food that may be overlooked or diagnosed as something else. Here are the most common food allergies and the reactions most often associated them.
- Dairy: Most often those with a dairy allergy see gastrointestinal side effects like extreme bloating, vomiting, and gut inflammation or skin reactions, like a rash or hives.
- Nuts: Most people with nut allergies are aware that they’re allergic, because the reactions can be quite severe, including anaphylaxis and trouble breathing.
- Shellfish: Sea products like lobster and shrimp can cause extreme allergic reactions in people, including life-threatening hives or anaphylaxis, and can cause digestive issues like vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain.
- Eggs: Egg allergy sufferers can experience reactions like digestive and stomach problems. distress, hives, rash, respiratory problems, and rarely, anaphylaxis.
- Gluten: Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, can cause a huge range of allergic reactions, including bloating, abdominal pain, headaches, fatigue, psoriasis and other skin conditions, depression, weight loss, anxiety, iron deficiency, joint pain, and more.
- Soy: Some dieticians note that soy allergies can cause gas, lowered testosterone, male infertility, inflammation, weight gain, headaches, and difficult digestion.
While some allergy sufferers will immediately understand if a reaction is related to diet, others might not be able to tell. Some people have experienced mild but chronic health problems that they later were able to trace back to food allergies. It’s also not just as easy as eliminating fish or bread from your diet, as many processed or packaged foods can contain trace amounts of problematic allergens that consumers might not even be aware of, making it more likely that you’ll consume food containing allergens.
If you’re suffering from health issues that don’t seem to be linked, problems like infertility or trouble conceiving, or other chronic medical issues that you can’t seem to solve, it might be time for a food allergy test to help make sure that the food meant to nourish and support your body isn’t actually causing you to suffer.
Our approach is to always look at health issues holistically – never just treating the symptom, but looking at the whole person and trying to find the root cause of complaints like pain, insomnia, irritability, infertility, illness, and more. Changes in diet can be a powerful tool to help you see changes in your life, from better sleep and more energy to fewer headaches and better moods.
To help pinpoint the causes of your health challenges, get in touch today. We can help you solve your health problems, diet-related or otherwise, and return you to the path of wellness.