Food Intolerance Education
Have you ever experienced a sour stomach after eating a rich meal at an ritzy restaurant or felt bloated after a pot luck at a friends house? These are possible symptoms of food intolerance which are more easily identified. Many times symptoms of food intolerance present themselves several hours after eating the offending food, so your health professional treats the symptoms and not the cause.
Food intolerance, also known as non-IgE mediated food hypersensitivity or non-allergic food hypersensitivity, refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. It is important to note that food intolerance is different from food allergy.
Food allergy triggers the immune system, while food intolerance does not. Some people suffer digestive problems after eating certain foods even though their immune system has not reacted – there is no histamine response.
Foods most commonly associated with food intolerance include dairy products, grains that contain gluten, and foods that cause intestinal gas buildup, such as beans and cabbage.
Examples of food intolerance:
1. Lactose intolerance. Your body can’t break down the sugar lactose because your gut contains reduced levels of the intestinal enzyme lactase. Lactose is found in dairy foods such as milk or ice cream. When you eat these foods, you can develop uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms like gas and diarrhea.
2. Gluten sensitivity. You have many of the same symptoms as someone with celiac disease after eating wheat or other foods containing gluten (stomach pains, bloating, fatigue), but your immune system doesn’t produce the blood test abnormalities seen in people with celiac disease, and there is no evidence of damage in the intestines.
3. Sensitivity to food additives. You get symptoms like flushed skin and wheezing from eating additives such as sulfites (found in wine, dried fruits and canned goods), or headaches, palpitations, or numbness after eating foods flavored with monosodium glutamate (MSG).
Symptoms of food intolerance:
You may be able to eat small amounts of the food without having any reaction to it. Your symptoms will come on gradually after you’ve eaten a particular food.
Often, those symptoms will involve your digestive system–such as nausea, gas, or diarrhea. Your reaction will be uncomfortable, but it’s usually not life-threatening.
How to deal with food intolerance:
Keeping a food diary can help you identify the source of the problem. Every day, write down the foods you eat and any symptoms that occur. Once you pinpoint one or a few foods that coincide with your symptoms, you can try cutting them all out of your diet. This is called an elimination diet. Then add one food back in every couple of days. When your symptoms return, you’ve found the offending food. Ask your doctor or a dietitian for help identifying your trigger food and eliminating it from your diet.
Source: Medical News Today
Food Intolerance Testing
Food intolerance is much more common than food allergies and is characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues. It has been stated that upwards of 70-80% of the U.S. population has food intolerance. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause. The Alcat Test is now considered the, “gold standard” laboratory method for identification of non-IgE mediated reactions to foods, chemicals, and other substances.
Food Intolerance Test Testimonial
Before taking the ALCAT test, I was bloated and was carrying a lot of water weight. Try as I might, I couldn’t lose any weight, no matter how stringently I dieted or how faithfully I exercised. I was extremely fatigued and would often take a nap after work. I never had a good night’s sleep because my indigestion was so bad it would keep me awake for hours every night. My sinuses drained constantly. Both my eyelids twitched nearly constantly & my right eye wouldn’t open all the way. My joints didn’t work right and if I squatted down, I couldn’t get up without help. I have none of those symptoms now, as long as I stay away from my reactive foods.
Source: Alcat Testing