Food and drink allergy sensitivities are actually easy to determine. Believe it or not, very often you will have a craving for the food or drink that your body is sensitive to! You may find yourself eating this food daily because of the craving or you have been just including the food daily in your diet out of habit.

Removing the food or drink that you were consuming daily for just 3-5 days will result in fewer symptoms that are common to food allergy sensitivities. You will feel less bloated, less water retention and swelling, less congestion in the sinuses and nasal passages, fewer dull headaches, and mental dullness will go away, cognition improves, your eyes become clearer and less glassy, joint stiffness improves, hearing may improve, digestion complaints, like reflux, and pain after eating may improve, and sleep will be more restful.

You can also try an elimination diet for 30 days of the common food and chemical allergens and notice if the above symptoms have dissipated. You would then re-introduce the food or beverage items back in, one-at-a-time while noting if the symptoms return.

Common foods to eliminate are milk and all milk products (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.), eggs, all grains including (wheat, rye, barley, spelt, millet, corn, oats, rice), soy, all sugar sources including (white sugar, brown sugar, honey, high fructose corn syrup, corn sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar, dextrose, concentrated fruit sugars, fructose, etc.), all artificial sugars including (saccharin-Sweet’N Low, sucralose-Splenda, aspartame-Equal/NutraSweet, synthetic stevia-Truvia, etc.), trans-fats (hydrogenated oils) including margarine and shortening, all synthetic vitamins (pretty much every nutritional supplement bought in stores), all nuts including (cashews, almonds, filberts, pecans, brazil, macadamia, walnut, pistachio, etc.), peanuts, food preservatives, food flavor enhancers, food dyes, and all GMO food. Food chemical additives include bromine, nitrites, sulfites, benzoates, BHA/BHT, and MSG. Eat only organic vegetables, fruits low in sugar, and organic meat.

Addictions to foods high in sugar and drinks which include sugar, caffeine, alcohol, high dose synthetic B vitamins, and herbal stimulants are easy to determine as well. Stop consuming any one of these and see if you develop any of the common symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms include a severe pounding headache, shaking of the hands (resting tremor), sweating of palms and face, irritability, depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, rapid emotional changes, nausea, difficulty thinking clearly, rapid heartbeat, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, paranoid thoughts, bad dreams, and lack of concentration. You will definitely know you are addicted if these symptoms go away when you consume the food or drink again.

The irony is that these addictive foods and drinks initially makes you feel better, but as the brain, liver, pancreas, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, GI tract, and heart are affected and your health deteriorates, your body survives by adjusting its physiology (homeostasis) and tolerating the offensive substances. Your body develops a dependence on them as part of this new homeostasis the body has to create in order for it to survive.

Eating foods high in sugar stresses the pancreas and you may become obese and possibly develop diabetes and heart disease. Drinking stimulants and or alcohol leads to stress on the brain, liver, GI tract, adrenals, thyroid, and heart. Eventually, organs become diseased and symptoms develop similar to the withdrawal symptoms listed above.