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iVillage.com: Always Tired? Stomach Upset? Try This Diet to Find Your Food Sensitivities

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Is a Food Sensitivity to Blame for Those Nagging Symptoms?

It’s a common misconception to think that if you don’t break out in hives or stop breathing, you’re not really affected by a certain food. But, more than 37 million women suffer from food-triggered fatigue, joint pain, digestive upsets, headaches and other uncomfortable symptoms every day. If any of this describes you, you could have undiagnosed food sensitivity, says Elson Haas, M.D., director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California.

Another myth is that you are born with your food sensitivities. Truth is, sensitivities build up after years of eating tough-to-digest staples day after day. The biggest culprits, according to researchers: wheat, milk, sugar, eggs, corn, soy and peanuts. If your digestive tract is somehow sour on one of these foods, yet you’re still eating them on a daily basis, the overexposure can irritate and damage your intestines, causing partially-digested food to sneak into your bloodstream, says Dr. Haas, author of "The Detox Diet, 3rd Edition." “Your immune system attacks those errant food particles, triggering massive inflammation -- and that suppresses the function of your thyroid, pancreas, liver and adrenal glands, causing body-wide mayhem.” Bigger deal than you thought!

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