So, what is a food intolerance?
Also known as a hypersensitivity, food intolerance is a reaction to particular food substances that can be reliably reproduced each time that food is eaten. It is taken in a dose that would not cause symptoms in most people, which is important because large amounts of certain foods can cause symptoms in almost anyone. Intolerance symptoms can be quite delayed, occurring sometimes days after the food is consumed. Common symptoms of food intolerance include gut pain, flatulence, burping, bad breath, eczema, fatigue, headache, unexplained weight gain and diarrhoea. Testing for IgG antibodies can detect specific antigens in the blood, which can be very useful when trying to identify sources of food intolerance.
Food allergy reactions are much more severe than intolerances. They are IgE mediated reactions, with protein components of particular foods causing releases of histamine and other inflammation causing substances in the body. Consequently the body has quick inflammatory reactions,
including things like severe itchy eczema, gastrointestinal symptoms, vomiting and diarrhoea, asthma, allergy symptoms and sometimes life threatening anaphylaxis.
This series is focussed on food intolerance, and there are some great resources available to help you through the maze of newly discovered intolerance, including the following websites:
There are also some fabulous cook books available now that cater for people with food intolerances and allergies. I’ve listed a few below:
The food intolerance management plan by Dr.Sue Shephard &
Professor Peter Gibson
Irresistible for the Irritable by
Supercharged Food by
The Allergy Friendly Cookbook by
There are many more resources out there, but these few are a good place to start when getting acquainted with what having intolerances actually means and what you can do to manage your symptoms.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Food Intolerance Series, and the soon to be released Super Foods Series. I can't wait to share them with you :)
Question for you guys: Are any of you living with food intolerances? If so, what resources have you found useful? Sharing is the best way to learn.
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