Food Intolerance Epidemic. Do You Suffer from it As Well?

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Food Intolerance Epidemic. Do You Suffer from it As Well?

The Recent statistics showing that one in five people of a Westen World suffers from or is suspecting to have a food allergy or intolerance. There is still a lot of confusion around this relatively new for us subject, which this article may clear.

What is Food Intolerance?

True food allergies are very rare, but observations and research lead to believe that there’s a fast-growing number of people experiencing some type of food intolerance. Fatigue, bloating, diarrhea or other issues appear many hours after a meal. This delayed response makes it hard to know exactly what caused the problem. Also, the fact that food intolerance won’t show on a regular food allergy test at the doctor’s office, results in a lot of misdiagnosed and overlooked cases.

While a food allergy results from an adverse immune response to a food protein, the cause of food intolerance is often said to be that the body for “various reasons” can’t digest the food properly.

Dr. Art Ayers did his PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Since then, he’s held various research positions, and he was an assistant professor at Harvard University. Most of his research focuses on gut and inflammation, and food intolerance is one of his main areas of expertise.

Symptoms of food intolerance

When you experience a food-specific IgG reaction or ‘intolerance’ to a particular food or drink, the body can produce a variety of inflammatory responses as it incorrectly identifies the ingredient as a threat.

Unlike allergic reactions, these immune responses can be delayed up to 72 hours and vary in severity, effecting digestion, skin, joints, respiration, energy levels and even psychological health.

Understanding your own personal food and drink intolerances, and the effects they could have on your health and wellbeing, is important to ensure you make the best possible choices for your diet.

Acne symptoms

Typical acne symptoms include:

  • Painful spots which appear on the face, back and/or chest
  • Prolonged inflammation causing redness of the skin
  • Presence of whiteheads, blackheads and in severe cases, cysts

Do you suffer from acne? Did you know that diet can play a big part in the cause, and management of skin conditions…

Tiredness and fatigue

Symptom of Tiredness:

  • Always feeling tired despite a full night’s sleep
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling physically drained and constantly tired
  • Being unable to concentrate
  • Taking a long time to complete simple tasks

Do you often find yourself feeling tired and run down? Did you know that the foods you eat can have a big effect on your energy levels?

Itchy Skin

Typical causes of itchy skin include:

  • A skin condition, such as eczema
  • An allergy to a chemical, material or food
  • Insect bites
  • Fungal infections
  • Hormonal changes in the body

Do you suffer from persistent itchiness? Did you know that the food you eat can have an impact on your skin?


Irritable Bowel symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain,
  • Stomach distension
  • Bowel dysfunction (loose bowels, constipation or a fluctuation between the two)

Do you struggle with stomach pain or discomfort? Sometimes, certain foods can irritate the digestive system…


Typical eczema symptoms include:

  • Dry skin which becomes itchy and inflamed
  • Inflamed areas sometimes become blistered and weepy
  • Inflamed areas sometimes become infected

Do you suffer from eczema? Did you know that diet can play a big part in the cause, and management of skin conditions…


Typical bloating symptoms include:

  • Stomach feeling tight, painful or distended after eating
  • A feeling of uncomfortable ‘trapped wind’ in the stomach

Do you find you ‘re often bloated after eating? Avoiding the particular foods your body reacts to could help alleviate the problem

Joint Pain

Typical joint pain symptoms include:
• Persistently aching joints such as ankles, wrists, knees, hips, back or shoulders
• Stiffness or swelling in joints
• Pain during movement

Do you experience pain and swelling in your joints? Did you know that adverse reactions to certain foods can sometimes be the cause? 


Typical migraine symptoms include:
Intense, throbbing headache, often combined with:

  • Sensitivity to light, noise or smells
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision or auras (floating/moving lights moving across line of vision)

Do you suffer from severe headaches? Did you know that the foods you eat can sometimes be responsible for the pain?

Respiratory Problems

Typical symptoms or respiratory problems include:

  • A persistent runny nose
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Congestion of sinus, ears and/or nose

Do you experience asthema or shortness of breath? Did you know diet can play a part?

By | 2017-09-29T12:02:45+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Health News, Improving Health Naturally|Comments Off on Food Intolerance Epidemic. Do You Suffer from it As Well?

About the Author:

Ola Van Zyl is Owner of Positive Vitality Nutritional Therapy, Health Coach, Corporate Nutrition Specialist, Sports Nutrition Specialist and Public Speaker. Ola is a graduate of the Institute of Health Sciences in Nutritional Therapy, Dietary Counselling and Functional Sports Nutrition. She is a member of Nutritional Therapists of Ireland. In her work Ola applies the latest theories and research in nutrition, functional medicine and coaching to achieve optimum health. She works with groups and individuals, helping them to gain more energy, to lose weight, to manage stress, improve sleep quality and mood, as well as increase physical performance. Ola believes that nutrition is the key to long and vibrant live and she is very passionate about creating nutritious and delicious recipes to encourage healthy eating.