3 Reasons Why Your Self Diagnosed Food Sensitivity Might be Misleading You

Find out what’s really going on with your body.

Tim Ebl
Tim Ebl
Mar 3 · 7 min read
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What’s The difference — Food Allergy, Intolerance, or Sensitivity?

It isn’t accurate to label just any reaction your body has as an “allergy.”

  • stomach cramps, diarrhea, or throwing up
  • swelling
  • In extreme cases, anaphylaxis with low blood pressure and loss of consciousness.
  • You might have to throw up
  • Diarrhea or frequent bathroom trips with cramps
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches, irritability, or nervousness

1. Poor Information and Pseudoscience is Misleading

The worst place to find your food sensitivity facts is on Farcebook.

  • Look for credible experts who have demonstrated experience and track record.
  • Talk with an actual dietary professional.
  • Check the information against sources like nutrition.gov.

2. Guesswork Takes the Place of Actual Testing and Experts

We all do this. I’m guilty of it too. I eat something, and my stomach is upset a while later. I assume the food caused it and walk around telling people, “I must not be able to eat eggs anymore!” or whatever it is.

3. What’s Right For One Person May Be Wrong For You

Don’t assume that any Jon, Mary, or Bob has the answers. What they are doing might be right for them but not for you.

End Thoughts

Food could be causing you some health problems. This is definitely true if you eat a lot of highly processed storebought foods containing multiple ingredients.

  • Don’t guess. What you take for cause and effect might be a little more complicated than you think.
  • Don’t rely on just one piece of information, one test, or one medical opinion.
  • You’re an individual! Even if 90% of people were intolerant or have issues with gluten (which isn’t supported by facts), you might be part of the 10% that isn’t. Or vice-versa.

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Tim Ebl

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Tim Ebl

Writer, Meditation Instructor, Laser Beam Repairman. Author of the book: 90-Day Meditation Challenge. ambitious.eclipse@gmail.com

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Tim Ebl

Written by

Tim Ebl

Writer, Meditation Instructor, Laser Beam Repairman. Author of the book: 90-Day Meditation Challenge. ambitious.eclipse@gmail.com

In Fitness And In Health

A fast-growing health and fitness community dedicated to sharing knowledge, lessons, and suggestions to living happier, healthier lives.

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