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It sounds strange, but yes, you can be sensitive to certain foods without being allergic to them.  An allergy is typically an acute reaction such as hives or inflammation, while  a food sensitivity is something that can arise from your body’s inability to tolerate it.

Some examples of common foods that many people are intolerant to include:

  • Gluten (but not Celiac Disease positive)
  • Wheat
  • Dairy Products such as milk or cheese
  • Soy

What can you do to determine whether you have a food sensitivity?  The most important thing is to know your body’s signals.  Are you suffering frequently from heartburn, indigestion, irritable bowels, and even headaches?  Then you may actually be experiencing a food sensitivity.  See your doctor to determine a plan to eliminate certain foods from your diet and pay attention to symptoms.  Your body will tell you when it feels bad.

Everyone is different, so while a family member may have a sensitivity to wheat, that doesn’t mean you will too.

Knowing that this is a possibility can keep you healthy and save you from feeling ill.  A lot of us don’t know that we have a food sensitivity, so keep a food diary to remember which ones you may be eating large amounts of and the subsequent reactions that you may be experiencing.   A common one, wheat, could be a major source of symptoms, and as hard as it might be, eliminating it from your diet may, in fact, be the best thing you ever did for your health.

There are hundreds of recipes on the web for people with food sensitivities.  Check them out, and feel good!

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