Welcome if you’re new and welcome back if you’ve been with me for a while. If you missed yesterday’s post you can click here to learn how to workout indoors while it’s raining outside.When it comes to Environmental allergies you wouldn’t think it could cause weight gain. I am here to tell you that it is possible if you suffer from some common allergies. Today I talk about my top 3 Allergies that might cause you or someone you know weight gain.
DISCLAIMER: If you think you may have food allergies please talk to your doctor and get an allergy test done. I know some doctors do *food allergy testing and some will give you a referral to an allergist.
Gluten Sensitivity IS NOT AN ALLERGY!
Gluten sensitivity or intolerance also is known as (NCGS) (Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity) is a condition that causes a person to react after ingesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Symptoms vary widely and can include gastrointestinal problems, joint pain, fatigue and depression. The same symptoms are associated with celiac disease, so it’s important to get the correct diagnosis.
I have a few Gluten Free related posts coming really soon this month so make sure to keep an eye out because I will be discussing the difference between celiac and non-celiac a bit deeper.
I also have a few posts coming up for all of my followers that are or may know someone that suffers from food allergies or sensitivities I will be giving tips, tricks, and recipes.
Craving and overeating particular foods may be the sign of a Type B food allergy. While a Type A food allergy will cause an immediate, often dangerous, physiological reaction, such as the anaphylactic response often generated by allergen exposure in people with shellfish ( I am deadly allergic to shellfish) I have to make sure I stay away from it at all costs. or peanut allergies, Type B food sensitivities can cause more long-term, delayed reactions, including weight gain, fatigue, and aching joints. Delayed food allergies may not cause an inflammatory response until three days after ingestion, and continuing to eat the triggering food can cause cumulative effects. Current food allergy testing techniques can help identify many Type B food allergies, as can eliminating foods one by one from the diet for an extended period of time.
Common hay fever, pollen, dust, and pet dander allergies can make you fat—not because the allergies themselves cause weight gain but rather due to the over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines commonly used to treat the itchy red eyes and runny noses that characterize these allergies. Chronic use of antihistamines increase the appetite and particularly create cravings for carbohydrates. Antihistamines are so effective at increasing hunger that they are prescribed to anorexic patients as an appetite stimulant. If ongoing daily allergies require you to engage in chronic antihistamine treatment, consult your doctor regarding potential alternative treatments with lower weight-gain effects.
Gluten sensitivity, or grain allergy, in its most severe form comprises celiac disease, which creates serious health impacts, including unintended weight loss, and requires lifelong abstention from wheat, rye and barley products. However, only a small percentage of people with gluten sensitivity demonstrate this classic clinical presentation, many more individuals with gluten sensitivity have episodic stomach cramping, bloating and weight gain (that’s me). Fatigue and joint pain are also related to gluten sensitivity and can lead to additional weight gain by discouraging vigorous physical activity.