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Comment author: harshhpareek 16 May 2016 12:27:51AM *  0 points [-]

I've been having digestive trouble recently and have started wondering if I've developed a new allergy/intolerance (Known: milk, cashewnuts, chocolate). Does anyone have a recommendation for tests to check for these?

Apparently, "Eight foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g., walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish." (source: http://www.foodallergy.org/file/facts-stats.pdf). However, nuts are good for you (eg. https://examine.com/faq/how-can-i-best-ensure-cardiovascular-health-and-longevity/). So what do you do?

I imagine allergies are bad for your body, even apart from the digestive issues. So, do you take any supplements for nuts? The only one I am aware of here is Omega-3, which is common to various nuts.

Sidenote: If you are willing to put a "nuts without allergies" supplement together, I might buy it from you. See https://www.reddit.com/r/Supplements/comments/3ptsz8/i_am_a_supplement_caffeineenergy_pill_company/cw9gwht for business advice.

Comment author: ShardPhoenix 16 May 2016 03:46:13AM *  3 points [-]

FODMAP sensitivity is one source of digestive troubles. This causes sensitivity to garlic, onion, pears, apples, beans, among other things. If you seem sensitive to those things you can get a hydrogen breath test to test it further.

Comment author: Elo 16 May 2016 01:10:27AM 1 point [-]

Does anyone have a recommendation for tests to check for these? if you are searching, the word "allergy" is usually reserved for life threatening instances of the condition. the words, "intolerance" or "sensitivity" are usually used for conditions that are discomforts, i.e. digestive, rashes, red eyes, itchy skin etc.

WRT allergies: Consider plants; things you are drinking; washing powders (although more relevant for skin irritations); pets (more relevant for respirator problems).

As your problem is digestive it's probably safe to look at things you are consuming.

I would suggest eliminating things; or running self-tests. i.e. eat nothing for a few hours then eat a slice of bread - if you are fine to eat that you are probably not sensitive to wheat.

This can either be done by writing out your full diet and testing each part, or by testing the top 8 as mentioned above.

Comment author: PECOS-9 31 May 2016 02:15:23AM 0 points [-]

Aside from allergies, also consider whether the digestive trouble could be due to anxiety or other psychological issues.

Comment author: AspiringRationalist 16 May 2016 01:52:53AM 0 points [-]

Flax and chia seeds are both very good sources of omega 3 (but flax seeds need to be ground for your body to absorb it, and once you grind them, you should store them cold), as are fish (especially salmon).

Comment author: Lumifer 16 May 2016 02:45:38AM 2 points [-]

Omega-3 is a group of several different fatty acids and flax seeds do not provide the ones you actually want.

Comment author: AspiringRationalist 17 May 2016 02:53:27AM 0 points [-]

Very good to know. Thanks for linking to that.