People have become increasingly more aware of food allergies in the last few years. Nowadays most prepackaged food labels will warn consumers about any potential cross-contamination. Their labels might say something like this product was made in a shared facility that processes tree nuts, for example. This is crucial for people with extreme food allergies that experience things like severe hives, throat swelling, dizziness or life-threatening anaphylaxis. Properly labeled food is extremely important.

People are also becoming more aware about food sensitivities and food intolerance. While some food allergies can cause death, food sensitivities and intolerance can cause symptoms like bloating, cramping, diarrhea and nausea. These symptoms are most often caused by a person’s body not being able to digest certain foods. While these are not life or death circumstances, they’re still highly undesirable and most people would like to avoid them at all cost.

How to Determine Food Allergies

Fortunately it’s now easier than ever to determine whether or not you have a significant food allergy. There is now a scientific blood test that can be self-administered at home. It’s called¬†pinnertest, and with just a simple finger prick it can determine what foods you shouldn’t be eating.

Common Symptoms of Food Allergies

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome¬†(IBS): Typically includes diarrhea or frequent bowel movements.
  • Headaches or Migraines: Inflammation is a very common symptom of food allergies and that can cause headaches or migraines.
  • Weight Gain: Some food allergies cause a person’s metabolism to slow down. It can also cause serotonin deficiencies, which is also related to weight gain.
  • Bloating: This is another instance of inflammation, which occurs in the stomach.
  • Chronic Fatigue: The constant feeling of being overly tired, or lethargic, is a common side effect of food allergies.
  • Constipation: The inability to have a bowel movement is not as common as IBS, but it does happen.
  • Irritated Skin: Typically rashes, acne or eczema.

The best way to determine whether you have any food allergies or sensitivities is to take a reliable test, and to follow up with a physician if needed.