Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hidden Food Allergies

I saw this over on Oprah's site under causes of fatigue. There were thirteen causes of fatigue that were discussed and one of them really struck me because it has been true for me.

While food is supposed to give us energy, some doctors believe hidden food intolerances—or allergies—can do the opposite. According to Dr. Rudy Rivera, author of Your Hidden Food Allergies Are Making You Fat, even mild food intolerance can leave you feeling sleepy. Eat the offending food long enough, and you could find yourself feeling continually exhausted.

"Evidence indicates food intolerance as a cause of fatigue and even suggests that fatigue may be an early warning sign of food intolerance," Rivera says.

If you suspect that food may be behind all that yawning, Rivera says to start with an elimination diet, cutting out foods that cause you to feel sleepy within 10 to 30 minutes of eating them. You can also talk to your doctor about a food allergy test.

I just want to stop and say, YES!!! I am not crazy or imagining things in my head. There is a reason that my energy has multiplied. There is a reason that this is working for me. I am not imagining these results in my head. I am really not crazy.

It is so nice to not feel alone in all of this. It has worked for someone else too. It makes me very, very grateful.


Eric and Rozanne said...

That's very interesting. I always thought I was lacking iron when I was feeling fatigued.

Eden said...

Rozanne--Oh, you might be right on target that you are lacking iron. I didn't explain myself well, but I thought it was so wonderful to have food allergies recognized as a reason for chronic fatigue. That has been my experience. That's why I was so excited. It was nice to see that others have experienced fatigue too from allergies.

The Puffer Family said...

I can definitely relate to that. When we moved to Auburn we started eating a little more mainstream because it was hard to find some of the foods we were used to. The one thing I noticed immediately was that I was tired. . . a lot! Must be in the genes!


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