Food Intolerance and Low Carb Diets
Food intolerance is a pharmacological reaction to the consumption of certain foods. In many cases, food intolerance may appear to be
the side-effect of pharmacological drugs, but in fact, it is generally caused by the consumption of natural foods products, additives, or the combination of both.
The majority of food products that commonly
cause food intolerance are high-protein.
As a low carb dieter, you will have abnormally-
high exposure to high-protein food, including
dairy products and meats, which means
your chance of experiencing food intolerances
(if you have any) will increase.
In contrast to food allergies, which
are easily identifiable because they affect
an almost instantaneous reaction of hives, shock,
and a range of other symptoms, food intolerances
are somewhat harder to identify.
Food intolerance generally has milder affects,
such as minor headaches, general irritation,
upset stomach, restlessness, and a loss
of sleep. This makes it much harder
to identify and treat.
If you are new to your low carb diet,
you may have already experienced some
of these symptoms, but attributed them
to something other than food
If you have been exhibiting these symptoms
for less than three days into your low carb
diet, they are more than likely related to withdrawals
from caffeine or carbohydrates. They could
also be related to dehydration. Conversely,
if you have been exhibiting them for more than
three days, they are more than likely
the result of a food intolerance.
You should immediately start the process
of weeding out foods that could be
causing the intolerance.
The following is a list of foods you may
be consuming on your low carb diet
that are likely perpetrators:
eggs, nuts, milk, fish, shellfish, pork, bacon,
chicken, cheese, and tomatoes.
You should try to remove one of these
from your low carb diet at a time. If you cannot
solve your intolerance problem within
a week, it would be wise to get off
of your low carb diet and contact
a physician to determine the
source of your intolerance.
This article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended as substitute for medical advice. Before embarking on any diet or fitness program, consult your physician.
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