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Women's Food Intolerances

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Many women attribute occasional bloating, nausea, fatigue, cravings or headaches to their monthly period or stress. Taking a look at the bigger picture often can show the root of these problems can actually be one or more food intolerances. If the symptoms mentioned above along with potential other symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, poor complexion or skin, trouble losing or gaining weight or digestion issues are common in your daily life it might be useful to take a look at your diet and consider a food intolerance.

Food intolerances should not be confused with a food allergy. Food allergies display different symptoms that tend to be more immediate upon consumption. Surprisingly only four types of food intolerances exist and they are dairy (lactose) intolerance, fructose intolerance, yeast sensitivity and gluten intolerance. Symptoms of this intolerance typically include gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, nausea, diarrhea and malabsorption.

Yeast sensitivity carries a wide array of symptoms including gastrointestinal issues, yeast infections, throat infections and ear infections. Headaches and breathing difficulties can also exist in people with yeast intolerance. Gluten intolerance can be confirmed with medical testing that labels a person with Celiac disease.

Only a small portion of people with gluten intolerance will test positive for this disease and the rest of the people simply have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Wheat, oats, rye and barley are all included in the gluten group and symptoms can include: headaches, weight loss or gain, poor immune system, eczema and gastrointestinal problems. Fructose (or sugar) intolerance applies more to the malabsorption of the product. Changes to one’s mood along with low iron, fatigue, diarrhea, gas and bloating are all indicators of fructose intolerance.

For those interested in taking a deeper look into whether or not they may have a food intolerance there are a couple different options you can choose. An elimination diet is the most drastic and involves limiting your food intake to some very basic ingredients that are typically tolerated very well.

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