We all like to think that we all know what our body is capable of and that we understand everything that’s happening in them. But this is not always the case. Food intolerances, for example, can often be overlooked for years simply because their symptoms aren’t associated with food. Sugar intolerance is an excellent example.
What is Sugar Intolerance?
Like any other food intolerance, sugar intolerance occurs when your body struggles to digest sugar. For reasons that are still in discussion, some food ingredients can be digested by the body, while others cannot. These “cans” and “cannots” vary by people.
Anything that contains sugar (sometimes only natural sugars or artificial sugars) can’t be digested effectively, which creates a series of symptoms. The severity of which depends on the intolerance.
Symptoms of Sugar Intolerance
This isn’t a complete list, but these are the most common symptoms that we often experience when suffering from sugar intolerance:
- Flatulence and Bloating: Bloating and flatulence are signs of digestive problems. A noisy stomach is also a less than pleasant sign which may occur immediately, or a few hours after, the consumption of sugary products.
- Cough and sneeze: From congestion to coughing and sneezing (and usually feeling ill too), these symptoms can indicate intolerance to sugar and not a sudden cold. This is particularly easy to notice if you feel well before the meal and the next morning, but on the evening of the meal are feeling particularly bad.
- Nausea and vomiting: Nausea is horrible to treat, but it is common in people with sugar intolerance. It can remain in the form of nausea or even cause the need to vomit. If this is the case, you may not have eaten something “bad”; It may be the way your body tells you that you don’t want or don’t like sugar.
- Fatigue and joint pain: Although it is normal to feel tired after a large meal, if you are tired after a single sweet, it may be more than just post-feast fatigue. This can also be the case with muscle or joint pain that appears immediately after eating something sweet, or even hours later.
As you can see, it is understandable that sugar intolerance is often mistaken for something else. The symptoms are very similar to other conditions and appear to come and go randomly. But timing and recording what you eat, along with symptoms, can help you be sure.
Discovering that you have sugar intolerance can certainly but a damper on things. However, there is something worse than knowing that you have sugar intolerance: and that is not knowing that you have sugar intolerance, just feeling ill and not being able o do anything about to prevent it. Of course, an intolerance means a change of diet, but it is better than suffering from eating a plate of cookies!