If consumption of certain foods make you sick, then most likely you are suffering from food intolerance. Read below to learn more on food intolerance symptoms.

Food Intolerance Symptoms

Food intolerance is often confused with food allergy, but not many people know that there is a big difference between the two. Food intolerance is the inability of the digestive system to digest specific foods. Therefore, compared to food allergy, which leads to life threatening immune reactions on eating them, it is not dangerous. Food intolerance can cause plenty of discomfort like nausea, vomiting, indigestions and gastric problems, apart from the misfortune of not being able to eat certain foods. When you accidently eat foods that you are intolerant to, then the body simply rejects the food out either through vomiting or diarrhea. The best solution is, of course, to avoid such foods or face the chance of ruining your day. To find out if you are intolerant to certain kinds of food you should first look for symptoms of it. There are a large number of symptoms that can point to food intolerance - the earlier you take heed to those, the better it would be for you. Given below are all the symptoms that can result from food intolerance.

Signs & Symptoms Of Food Intolerance

  • Due to food intolerance skin problems like eczema, rosacea, hives, psoriasis and rashes are likely to break out. Hair and nails are also affected with dandruff, hair loss, and split and cracked nails being common problems.
  • There can also be an outbreak of various yeast infections like Candida.
  • The person may also develop rapid weight gain. The weight gained due to food intolerance will also be very hard to lose. Conversely, the person may also suffer from rapid weight loss.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, indigestion, and diarrhea are other common symptom of food intolerance. In extreme cases, it can lead to long term affects like stomach ulcers, esophageal reflux and bowel cancers.  
  • Sometimes, food intolerance can also lead to arthritis. Other musculo-skeletal symptoms that food intolerance can result in are osteoporosis, bone fractures, tendonitis, bone thinning, and stiff muscles or joints.
  • Food intolerance also affects the respiratory system. Some of the symptoms include bronchitis, asthma, infections in the ear, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, sleep apnea, snoring and pneumonia.
  • Neurological symptoms due to food intolerance are memory problems, dementia, migraine, depression, clumsiness, intellectual difficulties and poor co-ordination.
  • Symptoms like chills, thyroid disease, cravings, addictions and moodiness are also quite common in food intolerance.
  • If the immune system is affected by food intolerance then the most common symptoms due to it are fungal infections, and mouth ulcers. Because it weakens the immune system, the person becomes more susceptible to colds and infections easily.
  • Food intolerance can lead to calcium, vitamin, and iron deficiency. Such deficiencies can lead to anemia, lack of energy, tiredness and difficulty in concentrating.
  • The symptoms of the reproductive system resulting from food intolerance are heightened risk of miscarriage, infertility or difficulty in conceiving, genital thrush and infections in the urinary tract.
  • Most often chronic health problems have their root in food intolerance. So, any one suffering from any chronic disorders should observe for the symptoms of food intolerance.
  • If the food allergy is chronic, then it can lead to type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, crohn’s disease, cardio-vascular diseases, high blood pressure and various others.
Knowing the symptoms of food intolerance will make it easier for you to identify if you are suffering from this disorder. Go through the various food intolerance signs and symptoms given above to know more.

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