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25 Most Common Health Issues Linked to Food Intolerance

20. Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) The thyroid gland, which is butterfly-shaped and lies at the front of the neck, is a vital hormone gland. It places an… Simi - September 23, 2018

20. Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)

The thyroid gland, which is butterfly-shaped and lies at the front of the neck, is a vital hormone gland. It places an essential role in the development of the human body, in bodily growth, and in metabolism. It helps to regulate many of the body’s vital functions by releasing a steady stream of hormones into the bloodstream. Thyroid hormones are wholly or partially responsible for body temperature, moods, and energy levels.

When your thyroid gland is not producing enough hormones, you develop hypothyroidism. This leads to various symptoms, such as sleeping problems, fatigue, depression, cold sensitivity, and constipation. Sometimes, food intolerances can play a role in an underactive thyroid. Finding out if you have a food intolerance if you have hypothyroidism can be severe because symptoms can be similar. For example, if you have a gluten intolerance, you might experience bloating, fatigue and depression, which mimic hypothyroidism.

21. Caffeine sends your system into overdrive

We all know caffeine is a stimulant. That’s probably why it’s one of the world’s most popular beverages. But caffeine is not everybody’s cup of tea. Being caffeine intolerant is possible. How your body reacts to caffeine differs from person to person, and one of the primary reasons for that comes down to your genes.

These days you can even be tested for caffeine sensitivity by a health practitioner who conducts genetic testing. If, for example, your body metabolizes caffeine slowly, you might experience significant discomfort if you drink a strong cup of coffee. Symptoms can include sweating, increase in blood pressure, and digestive distress. With regular consumption, there is an increased risk of heart disease. So, if your system goes into overdrive if you consume something with caffeine in it, try choosing herbal teas that are naturally caffeine-free.

22. You always feel exhausted in spite of sleeping well

If you are still exhausted, both mentally/emotionally and physically, you might be suffering from a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome. This disorder involves severe, long-term fatigue that negatively impacts on the person’s ability to function in everyday life. It has been estimated that between 1 and 4 million Americans suffer from the condition, but fewer than 20% of them have been diagnosed. The trouble is that the scientific community does not fully understand the causes of chronic fatigue syndrome.

That said, food intolerance has been a suspect for a long time. Some believe that food intolerance acts as a trigger for the disorder, along with other triggers such as genetics, stress, inflammation, and others. There isn’t a list of specific foods that are suspected to be related to chronic fatigue syndrome. And to make matters worse, foods that might give you a temporary ‘lift’ might be the very ones that cause the fatigue a day later.

23. You run to the bathroom all day

If you avoid certain events or places because the bathrooms aren’t great, you might be suffering from food intolerance. This kind of thinking is relatively common in someone with strong food intolerance because the first symptom to strike after ingesting the offending ingredient comes in the form of digestive distress. Rushing to the bathroom several times a day is common in people with food intolerances. Symptoms include bloating and gas, diarrhea, abdominal pain, all symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

One of the culprits responsible for this condition is FODMAP foods. FODMAP is short for Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols. This is a collection of short-chain carbohydrate molecules that the body cannot absorb well. If you have gastrointestinal symptoms, FODMAPs can bring on diarrhea or constipation, wind, bloating, and abdominal pain. A Low FODMAP diet has been shown to be successful in relieving gastrointestinal symptoms in a majority of IBS sufferers.

24. Enzyme deficiencies

If we don’t have the right digestive enzymes in the right quantities, we might develop a food intolerance. After we have chewed our food, digestive enzymes break down the larger food particles into smaller molecules. This process begins taking place in the mouth while we are chewing our food. It then continues in the stomach, where stomach acids and enzymes act upon the smaller pieces of food.

It continues in the small intestine, where tiny pieces of food can pass through the lining of the gut wall and enter the bloodstream to nourish the body. The food we eat contains three macro-nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Milk contains all three. In people who are lactose intolerant, the enzyme lactase is not present. The result is that milk sugars (lactose) cannot be absorbed and end up fermenting in the gut. This produces gas, cramping, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating.

25. Itchy skin

A familiar sensation many people feel when they eat food they’re intolerant to is itchy skin. This can also be a sign of many other conditions, such as eczema or hormonal changes. To differentiate different types of itches, you have to check how does your skin respond to scratching. If the itch feels like it’s under the skin and it won’t subside, there’s a high chance that food intolerance is the cause of your problems. The important thing is to stay calm and not panic.

Be sure to alert your doctor if you can’t get rid of the itch. Before you do anything, it’s important to know that scratching too much won’t make matters any more comfortable. Control yourself and be sure not to injure yourself. A mild or cold shower can reinvigorate you and allow other sensations to overshadow the itching feeling. Wait for a day or two and think about what could have possibly caused the itch. Experiment and conclude.

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