12 Common Symptoms of Food Sensitivites


Published: 04/03/2014

by Dr. Millie ND, MPH, CNS


A true food allergy generates life threatening histamine type 1 release, most understood by bronchi swelling and throat closing over, in the case of shrimp or peanut exposure. There are also lesser-known allergy signals in the intestines, called Histamine 2 receptors.  

Allergies from foods and ingredients such as gluten, known as Celiac Disease, can trigger a complex set of immune markers measurable in the intestinal tissues and blood leading to diarrhea and malabsorption. 

Up until a year or two ago it was thought that only 1% of the population is allergic to gluten and should eliminate all sources. But new evidence and understanding are looking to food sensitivities, a set of inflammatory processes that haven’t progressed to true allergies, yet are still cause disease.

It’s been shown that a substantial number of people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Fibromyalgia and Mood Disorder also experience improvements in their conditions when withdrawing gluten permanently from the diet.

Scientific studies have indicated that up to 20% of people may benefit from eliminating gluten, contained most commonly in wheat and other grains such as barley, spelt and rye. 

A Gluten-free diet has been a hot trend this year, but gluten is not the only culprit. There are any number of potential foods and ingredients that cause health problems.  Many common food sensitivities emerging in the population are soy, citrus, chocolate, sesame, tree nuts, apples, almonds, bananas, strawberries, avocadoes, tomatoes.

In other words, not just white bread, sodas and MSG, but otherwise healthy foods may be making you sick. Take this questionnaire to see if you need to pay more attention to what you eat.










Head and Mood Symptoms       




  1. Headache




  1. Trouble Concentrating




  1. Anxiety




  1. Depression








Digestive Symptoms




  1. Bloating




  1. Gas




  1. Constipation




  1. Diarrhea








Systemic Symptoms




  1. Exhaustion




  1. Insomnia




  1. Aching Joints




  1. Skin Breakouts/Rash




A higher score increases the likelihood your symptoms are due to food sensitivities, but any score above zero could flag an underlying food issue. 


 About the Author:

Dr. Millie Lytle, ND, MPH, CNS is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic  Medicine (2002), a private 4 year post-graduate, accredited medical school, and earned  her Masters of Public Health in Hamburg, Germany. She is a Naturopathic Doctor,  certified nutrition specialist and radio host of two weekly shows on AM and internet radio.  She is the founder and CEO of Millie says, Inc. providing naturopathic medicine with  virtual and in-person anti-aging, nutrition programs. Follow on Google+ or visit her website  at www.milliesays.com for more information. She practices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and  virtually.