I wanted to write a post with this topic a long time ago. The reason why is as with the days go on, I can see how this topic is getting hotter and hotter. Many of my clients experience mysterious symptoms and very ofter the cause is food intolerance or food allergy. Once we find the root cause and the trigger of your health condition or a disease, our journey is getting easier and this can be a game changer in your life. So let’s talk about food allergies and intolerances.
We can put food allergies and food intolerances in two categories – true food allergies and food sensitivities (intolerances).
Let’s have a look at the True Food Allergies first.
What are the symptoms, associated with the food allergies?
This is a condition, which causes IgE mediated hypersensitivity reactions, including oedema in the throat or tongue, difficult breathing, urticaria or the worst case scenario anaphylaxis. Allergy is very common condition in the UK and affects almost one in four of the UK population. The number of these cases increases every year and unfortunately, we see the number increases with children as well.
What might be causing the rise in food allergy cases?
Possible causes of the increasing number could be different factors and triggers.
- Now a days, more and more women refuse to breastfeed their new born babies. This is a concerning factor for the new population and baby’s bodily functions and their immune system development.
- Another factor could be early introduction of solid food at early stage of baby’s life.
- Exposure to different chemicals as such as artificial colourings, preservatives in food, stabilisers and other nasties.
- Poor diet and consumption of highly processed food
- Chemical pollution in foods, we eat daily, in water, we drink daily and air, we constantly breath.
It is now time to look at the food intolerance and see what is the difference between food allergy and food intolerance?
What is a food intolerance?
Food sensitivity or food intolerance is a condition, which could cause different types of symptoms in a predisposed person. Unfortunately, the person could be misdiagnosed, as using conventional medicine testing methods symptoms are not easily diagnosable.
What are the symptoms of food intolerance?
Food sensitivities are not IgE mediated. They are mediated by different factors. It could be toxic reactions, enzyme deficiencies to break down the particular food, specific substances in food (saponins, salicylates). Leaky gut could be another factor in this condition. It could be bloating, brain fog, fatigue, acne and etc.
What might food intolerance and food allergy lead to?
These conditions could lead to many complications, from mild to severe health problems. The most common symptoms are linked with your digestive track such as bloating, gastritis, burping, heaviness after eating, Coeliac disease. They could even affect your Central Nervous System, causing Anxiety, Brain fog, Chronic fatigue or Depression.
If your body needs to deal with the above conditions, it releases hormone like substances to alarm to your immune system that your body is out of balance. Although, if you do not know how to listen to your body, this could lead to cellular alteration and even endocrine system imbalance. Hence, the inflammation in your body is elevated and your immune system will be constantly trying to bring back the homeostasis in your body. For that reason, it is always good to have a health practitioner, who you work with. This will allow you to discuss and talk about the symptoms that you might be experiencing, to be able to identify the triggers and mediators, causing your symptoms. Once the triggers and causes are identified, it is very likely that you will have to follow a specific diet, which your nutritionist will provide you with. Then, you might need to work on your gut health, although depends on the root cause of you symptoms.
We are unique and we are all different. That is why always talk about your symptoms with health practitioner first. They will be able to recommend an appropriate testing method to identify whether it is a food intolerance or an allergy.
And remember – it is never late to start and take control over your health.
The time is now! Not Tomorrow!