How to Determine Food Sensitivities

Nov 1, 2021WELL-BEING

Food Sensitivities -

Food sensitivity occurs when our immune system reacts to certain foods. Food sensitivity can cause nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, heartburn and headaches. Alternatively, a food allergy happens when our immune system thinks proteins found in food are a threat. Food allergies can cause hives, shortness of breath, chest pain and anaphylaxis.

The purpose of this article is to address food sensitivities. The most common being milk, gluten, eggs, soy and nuts.

Do you sometimes feel lousy after eating certain foods? Food sensitivity could be the culprit. After years of suffering, it was shocking to learn which foods were making my son sick.

My son has had digestive issues since he was born. We took him to several specialists who conducted extensive tests. Witnessing my baby receive a barium enema was one of the worst days of my life. Google it. Or don’t. No, definitely don’t. I still have PTSD.

We exhausted every medical resource at our disposal to discover why he was suffering. None of the specialists identified the source of his digestive distress. I decided to take matters into my own hands, scouring blogs and books for answers.

I learned the first step to tackle digestive issues is an elimination diet. Despite doctors telling us they ruled out lactose intolerance, I decided to remove cow’s milk. Twenty-four hours after removing cow’s milk from his diet, his cramping and diarrhea were gone.


Fast forward to present day. After two years of lockdown, the same digestive symptoms returned. This time they were much more severe. I called five gastroenterologists. None had open appointments for months. How would I curb his pain until he could see a specialist? A boy can drink only so much bone broth. Eager for answers, I ordered an Everlywell Comprehensive Food Sensitivity Test. Within three days the results were in.

The culinary culprits? Gluten, almonds, cow’s milk and eggs. He was consuming gluten, almond milk, almond butter, almond granola, and eggs every day. His food sensitivities were ripping his digestive tract apart.

Since then, we removed all the above foods from his diet. He continues to drink bone broth every day. He eats gluten-free, but it’s difficult. Many gluten-free products contain almond flour. He can’t eat almond products either. He’s cautious with restaurant menus. I approach grocery shopping with precision. It’s a process and we’re up to the task. 

If you’re experiencing digestive issues, see a gasteroenterologist. I recommend seeing a Functional Medicine doctor, as well. Ours helped heal our guts after years of suffering. And try the Everlywell Food Sensitivity test. It might be what the doctor ordered.

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