Most of us tend to attribute general fatigue to a mixture of stress, age, and the activities a modern hard working life. However, recent studies in health and nutrition have suggested that there may be some factors that can contribute to a noticed increase in feelings of fatigue and exhaustion.
Typically we eat to gain energy but that is not the case when there are ‘hidden’ food intolerances that some individuals may have to certain foods, without even knowing it. Addressing these intolerances and sensitivities is a great first step to restoring energy levels and vitality. We’ve summed the food intolerances and sensitivities a person might have into these three following groups.
Dairy products like milk and cheese are extremely nutritious foods, but in those with dairy sensitivities they have also been shown to contribute to chronic fatigue. Dairy sensitivity manifests from either an allergy to casein or a more general lactose intolerance.The digestion of dairy, or any other food that a person is allergic to, causes a great deal of extra stress on the body. The immune system fights against it, resulting in inflammation that can range from joint pain to headaches to a swelling in the small intestine. And it is this swelling in the small intestine that hinders digestion and the effective processing of nutrients. When sensitivities like this impair our ability to get the nutrients we need from our food, we are left tired, unmotivated and lacking in energy.
Wheat could be very addictive and can cause cravings and mood swings. Gluten is most often the allergen when it comes to wheat sensitivity, and though scientists have yet to pin point the exact reason, gluten has been intrinsically linked to causing high levels of fatigue in those who have an intolerance. Some believe the exhaustion is a consequence of the malnutrition that comes with a severe gluten problem like celiac disease, or in individuals who suffer from anemia and are not on a gluten free diet.Also the foods that cause drowsiness include sweets and starchy carbohydrates such as cookies, cake, white rice, white bread, and enriched white pasta. These foods can cause your blood sugar levels to get out of control. You may have noticed that eating a donut, for instance, gives you a short-lived sugar high, and followed by a sluggish, tired and hungry feeling.
The Nightshade vegetables & fruits
Another very common food group that has been linked to severe fatigue include the fruits and vegetables belonging to the nightshade family. These include popular items such potatoes, goji berries, peppers (bell peppers, chili peppers, paprika, tamales, tomatillos, pimentos, cayenne, etc.) as well as tobacco! If you are suffering with fatigue and exhaustion and are aware that you are specifically allergic to one of these foods, then you are most likely sensitive to some or all of the other foods within the family. And you should start looking for substitute’s when you are doing your online organic food delivery in San Diego.
Let us know if you happen to have any food intolerances and sensitivities of your own and how do you deal with it in the comments below.
Wishing you all love and happiness from SolCal. Stay athletic and more energetic.