It’s something of a joke in my family that, almost immediately after eating my favorite meal at a local restaurant, I would have a desperate need to nap. So it wasn’t a big surprise to me when learned that I have an intolerance to wheat.
Intolerance to a particular food means that you experience a negative reaction after eating it. It’s not the same as a food allergy, which results in a more severe reaction, but food intolerances are much more common than food allergies. How common? By some estimates, less than 2% of individuals have a genuine food allergy, but up to 45% of people experience some form of food intolerance.
It takes some detective work to figure out if you have one or more food intolerance. Some nutritionists use trial and error, but there is a simple blood test that can test your tolerance for dozens of foods at the same time.
Common symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, bloating, indigestion, belching, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, joint pain and fatigue. Others experience a bout of itchiness, irritability or a headache after eating certain foods.
The most common food intolerances are wheat and gluten, dairy, yeast, eggs and soy. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, one solution is to limit or completely eliminate certain from your diet. In fact, the most common treatment is an elimination diet where you completely remove the offending food for at least 3 weeks, to see if the symptoms improve. It can be possible to return to eating the problematic food in small doses once it’s been avoided for a period of time.
Weight loss is often a pleasant side effect of avoiding the foods to which you are intolerant. Since you’ll already be working on making healthy changes in your diet, being tested for food intolerances is a great companion to an adjustable gastric balloon procedure.
Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on Google+ or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon page on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest for healthy eating tips, inspiring quotes, videos and photos and more.