With the end of the year fast approaching, and with it comes the time to make New Year’s resolutions. Every year, thousands of people resolve to improve their diets or get healthier. Many of these people, however, find that healthy foods seem to cause physical distress.

If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. According to theYork Daily Record,it is thought that 10 to 15 percent of people in the U.S. experience regular discomfort, including stomach pain, diarrhea, bloating, or gas, caused by the type of food they have consumed. Many of these people have been diagnosed with IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, although others simply aren’t sure what is causing their symptoms.

By taking a close look at your daily food intake and symptoms, you may be able to match your difficulties with a particular food. This means keeping a food log, or list of all foods you’ve eaten, along with recording any symptoms experienced. For the best results, you’ll need to keep food labels, so that you know which ingredients you have consumed.

Over time, a pattern may emerge. A good starting point may be looking for the most common food intolerances, which are those to milk, soy, and gluten. If you notice symptoms following meals containing the same foods, you have identified a likely problem food. Once identified, try avoiding that food for two weeks to see if your symptoms appear. Learning what foods cause you discomfort gives you the freedom to enjoy everything else.

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