Gut allergies are often caused by food intolerances. These are foods that your body does not like and is rejecting. You are not actually allergic to these foods, but intolerance is a way of your body showing it does not like the foods. Some of the most common foods that can upset your stomach include: Milk products, gluten based foods and monosodium glutamate or MSG. Eliminating these foods one at a time is the best way to identify which one may be making your gut feel allergic to the foods.
Milk and Lactose Foods
Lactose is found in dairy products and impossible to avoid if you are eating dairy on a daily basis. Although it is possible to find milk that is lactose free, you will not be able to find eggs, cheese or yogurts to fit your need of a lactose free food. If you identify that lactose is difficult for your body to process, it may be necessary to cut out all lactose from your diet.
Many people will find that they are losing weight faster once they cut the lactose out of their diet, especially if their body was having an intolerance issue with the lactose products. Lactose intolerant patients, who stop eating all lactose based foods, will see a rapid decline in their weight over the first couple of weeks as their body settles into life without the lactose irritant.
When you walk through the health food section of your local grocery store you will see more and more products which are labeled as gluten free. These products are becoming popular as many people are realizing their body is having an intolerance issue with glutton products. Many people who have full gluten allergies realize this early on in life because their gut reacts so strongly to the allergy. But for people suffering from an intolerance of gluten it may be much more difficult to identify and eliminate the gluten from their life. Gluten intolerance can cause constipation or diarrhea in people; it can also show up as upset stomach or nausea.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Monosodium glutamate is a food intolerance that has grown in popularity in recent years. More people are becoming aware of this and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now requires products with MSG to be labeled. Chinese food was a big user of MSG, but now most restaurants proudly post that they use no MSG in their meals. Other foods that may have naturally occurring glutamate include; tomatoes grapes, potatoes, peas, parmesan cheese and mushrooms. If you enjoy eating these foods but notice intolerance symptoms, you should try eliminating them from your diet and see how your body reacts. Most people will notice an instant reduction in symptoms by simply avoiding MSG foods for one or two days.
Food intolerances can feel like you are having gut allergies. These food intolerances can be extremely bothersome and include headaches, sweating, upset stomach, chest pain and shortness of breath. Visit with your doctor to discuss the possibility you are allergic to a food that is causing you these issues, or discuss if the food is simply something your body cannot tolerate.
These common foods can cause you to feel like you have a gut allergy and may also cause other symptoms. Keep a food journal so you can go back and look at the foods you ate previously, anytime you start feeling like you are having some food intolerance. Identifying food intolerance issues can be more complex than identifying allergies, because the symptoms can sometimes be mild and feel like they are caused by some other medical issue.