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Food sensitivities, such as lactose sensitivity, can cause issues like belly cramps and bowel habit changes that disrupt your daily life. At Leeann Rybakov Wellness, board-certified health coach Leeann Rybakov takes a personalized approach to food sensitivities so her clients can overcome challenges and thrive. Call the Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, New York City, office or click the online booking feature to make your first appointment now.

What are food sensitivities?


A food sensitivity occurs when you have an unpleasant but nonlife-threatening response to a certain food. Essentially, with a food sensitivity, your gastrointestinal (digestive) system struggles to process the food in question, producing troublesome symptoms. 


What are the signs of food sensitivities?


Food sensitivities can cause many disruptive issues, such as:

  • Abdominal cramping

  • Abdominal pain

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Gas

  • Bloating

  • Nausea

The issues caused by food sensitivity generally occur within the digestive tract. Your symptoms may happen right after you eat or as long as a few hours later. 

It’s also possible that food sensitivities could cause or contribute to problems like headaches, fatigue, brain fog, weight gain, and other issues.  


Are food sensitivities the same as food allergies?


Food sensitivities and food allergies are two completely different things. With food sensitivities, your digestive system is reacting to a specific food. With food allergies, your immune system is reacting. 

Food sensitivities can be unpleasant and inconvenient, but they aren’t life-threatening. In sharp contrast, food allergies can lead to potentially deadly reactions, like anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock. 

Food allergies require proper medical treatment from an allergist or other medical professional. Food sensitivities are different because they’re often manageable through developing a better understanding of your body and making health changes. 


How can I manage my food sensitivities?


The first step in managing your food sensitivities is testing to determine exactly what’s causing your symptoms. Leeann can help you understand your test results and how to make changes that benefit your whole-body health and relieve your symptoms. 

Food sensitivities can be a complex topic because they affect everyone differently. Leeann is a board-certified health coach who can unravel all the confusion around food sensitivities. 


While avoiding the foods that cause reactions is the simple answer to food sensitivities, that’s often easier said than done. Through health coaching with Leeann, you’ll learn how to read labels, plan menus, shop, and revamp your lifestyle to reach a healthier state of being and overcome disruptive food sensitivities.

Call Leeann Rybakov Wellness or click the online appointment maker to set up your first health coaching visit now.

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