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.
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?
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
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
- 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?
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?