Crazy Food Journey

Living with newfound food intolerances (allergies, reactions)

Symptoms of Food Intolerance

on July 22, 2013

Here, Lord willing, is a complete list of symptoms of food intolerance compiled from several sources (thank you mom!).


  • abdominal pain
  • acid reflux
  • colic
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • gas, bloating
  • heartburn
  • IBS
  • inability to lose weight
  • nausea
  • stomach cramps
  • unexplained weight gain
  • unexplained weight loss
  • vomiting



  • asthma
  • chest pain
  • nasal congestion
  • palpitations
  • rapid breathing
  • rhinitis
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • sinus infections
  • tightness across face and chest
  • trouble breathing or swallowing
  • wheezing


Skin Reactions

  • acne
  • burning sensations on the skin
  • eczema
  • hives or rash
  • itching in mouth
  • itchy skin



  • arthritis
  • chronic fatigue
  • dizziness, lightheadedness, faintness
  • fibromyalgia
  • general body aches
  • headaches
  • irritability or nervousness
  • lethargy
  • migraine
  • shock
  • swelling
  • tension
  • chronic pain



  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • chronic ear infections
  • drop in blood pressure
  • eating disorders
  • false fat
  • food cravings
  • hay fever
  • infertility
  • insomnia
  • severe or exaggerated PMS symptoms
  • sweating
  • swelling
  • yeast overgrowth



  • autism
  • diabetes
  • energy and immune dysfunction
  • hypoglycemia
  • insulin instability
  • low thyroid function

If you have several of these symptoms, you really should consider trying to find an offending food. Those of us with these sorts of symptoms (especially those with many of them) fall into having doctors treat the symptoms. Doctors take a look at my records and seem to give up immediately. They say it’s in my mind, or it’s IBS or eczema or arthritis, but there is no cause given. Honestly, I’m not old enough to have half that stuff wrong with me, so it was a bit of a relief to have someone suggest food intolerance. It’s a long road that we’re on together now, but if you have more than a few of these symptoms regularly, then I think you’ll find it worth it to start keeping a food diary including your symptoms.


One response to “Symptoms of Food Intolerance

  1. MammaPooh says:

    Excellent list & suggestions! Thanks Hannah! We really do have be our own detectives and educate ourselves. In the final analysis, we are responsible for taking care of our own health. Digging for the root cause, rather than masking symptoms with medication, and looking for a connection between seemingly unrelated symptoms, is always in our best interest.

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