The symptoms of food allergy are wide and varied and include:
- Digestive issues such as diarrhoea, constipation, wind, stomach pain, bloating
- Skin problems - unusual rashes, eczema, hives, urticaria, dermatitis, pomphilox
- Respiratory problems - asthma, a persistent cough, allergic rhinitis (which is like having hayfever all year round)
Food allergy can also contribute to: headaches, nausea, joint pain and many other symptoms.
If you think you may be sensitive to particular foods but don't know which, don't be tempted to cut food groups completely from
your diet, especially without seeking advice from a professional. Cutting a food group such as wheat or dairy for a long period
of time could leave you nutrient deficient and, if at some point you decide to reintroduce the food or accidently consume some, it
could stimulate your immune system to give a much more severe reaction.
If you suspect you have food sensitivities, allergy testing will be able to tell you straight away. You won't need to omit the
food from your diet on a long term basis either, and spend precious hours reading ingredient lists on food packaging as
desensitisation to the food will resolve the sensitivity!