Many people think chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog and headaches are a part of normal life. Little do they know that these symptoms may actually be derived from a food intolerance. What’s even worse, little do these people know that their symptoms may be resolved once they receive proper treatment.

At Immufood, we get stories of food intolerance sufferers all the time. People who suffer from physical ailments, mental dysfunction, emotional distress, weight issues and so much more turn to food intolerance testing after years (or decades) of issues. Did you know that most food intolerances are actually fairly easy to treat? Once a food intolerance is identified, there are easy ways to relieve the symptoms.

The hardest part: Identifying if you have a food intolerance. Take Betty Cohen for example. Betty suffered through harsh migraines for 35 years. To Betty, she was a “prisoner of her own suffering.” She was just trying to get through the day, let alone planning for a lifetime ahead. Eventually, she found herself stuck in a terrible cycle of pain, missing out on life events, and taking a pill to temporarily relieve her symptoms – if the pill even worked.

When nothing improved after endless doctor’s visits, testing and medications, it was up to Betty to advocate for herself and to figure out what was really going on. It was really by chance that Betty discovered the signs of a food intolerance. And at that point, Betty was willing to try anything to find some relief. Through her research, Betty began monitoring how different foods affected her symptoms and overall well-being day to day. She discovered patterns in her symptoms and was starting to link specific food items to specific migraine episodes. Little did Betty know that just a little bit of self-awareness could kick start the road to recovery.

For professional help, Betty met with a registered dietitian. In their meetings, the dietitian was able to help Betty identify food intolerances and move forward towards improvement of the symptoms. With a simple elimination diet of the food she was intolerant to, Betty found quick relief of her headaches. After a few months of eliminating her trigger foods (such as eggs and dairy), Betty rarely, if ever, had a migraine again.

Aside from her migraines, Betty also was able to rid herself of the pills, have more energy and finally get the body she had always wanted. Even her other family members, like her daughter, benefited from eliminating certain foods. Nowadays, Betty understands her personal relationships and symptoms to food. She has more control of her life because she was educated on the types of foods that cause her distress. Now, Betty decides what foods she will eat and accepts the consequences of her decision, but at least her meals are solely her choices.

Based on Betty’s story, and other customer stories, do you find similarities in your own life? Do you think you have a food intolerance? One important thing to remember is that not everyone actually has a food intolerance. Working closely with a doctor and registered dietitian will help you determine if indeed your distress is caused by be food intolerance.

While not everyone can expect the same results as Betty, identifying a food intolerance can give you a chance to live a better life. If you are concerned that you may have a food intolerance, consider taking a food intolerance test as a step in the right direction. Your food intolerance test results can serve as a spring board to identifying your personal relationship to the foods you eat.