The Difference Between a Food Allergy and Food Intolerance
It is important to know the difference between food intolerance and a food allergy. By learning the difference, you can pinpoint each and obtain the necessary help. Food intolerance is not a food allergy. It is simply sensitivity to a certain type of food due to many causes.Common Causes and Symptoms of Food Intolerance
Food intolerance refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. Enzymes are needed to fully digest foods. If some of these enzymes are missing or insufficient, proper digestion will not occur. Symptoms of gas, bloating, unexplained weight gain and etc can result.
Foods most commonly associated with food intolerance include dairy products such as milk and cheese. People who are lactose intolerant do not have enough of the enzyme, lactase which breaks down milk sugar (lactose) into smaller molecules. If lactose is not broken down into smaller molecules it will remain in the digestive tract and can cause spasms, stomachache, bloating, diarrhea and gas.
Certain chemicals in foods and drinks can cause intolerance, including amines in cheeses and caffeine in coffee, tea and chocolates. Some people are more susceptible than others.
Food additives have been a growing problem with many individuals. Food additives are used to enhance flavor, make food look more appealing and increase shelf life. Some examples are nitrates, monosodium glutamate, sulfites and colorings.
Pinpointing that you have food intolerances and which foods you cannot tolerate can be difficult to discover. Onset of food intolerance symptoms can occur within hours after ingesting or may take up to 48 hours to emerge.
Symptoms of the most common symptoms of food intolerance include:
Common Causes and Symptoms of Food Allergies
- Abdominal cramps
- Asthma like symptoms
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Difficulty in concentration
- Irritable bowel
- Joint pains
- Night sweats
A food allergy is entirely different. A person may have the necessary enzymes to digest the food but the reaction is entirely related to the immune system. Your body produces histamine as an overreaction to the food you just ingested or came in contact with. The reaction is immediate and at times life threatening.
Symptoms of Food Allergy include:
- Itching at back of throat
Common Causes of Food Allergies:
Usually food allergies are hereditary. Those who have parents or siblings who have such things as a peanut butter allergy are likely to encounter to same type of allergy. It is caused by the immune system being overactive and looking at the food as a threat, to the body’s natural homeostasis. There are natural food allergy remedies that will help support you immune system. But first we must find the underlying cause of your overactive immune system response to certain food.
Free Consultation for Relief from Food Allergies and Food Intolerances
Imagine being able to eat all your favorite foods once again. This is possible, but you must first come in for a consultation. During your consultation, I will discuss your current and past health history. Using Nutrition Response Testing I will asses how your organs, glands, tissues and muscles are functioning. Based on the information I gather I will determine what the underlying cause of your health problem is. A custom designed natural food intolerance or food allergy remedy program will be made specifically for you. Your program will be constructed only for you and only you. It is based on your needs.