Do you often get gassy or bloating after eating? Does you skin break out, every time you eat a certain
If you answered yes to one or more questions, you may possibly have a food intolerance. Ok, let's not make any assumptions here because these symptoms can be down to a number of things, however, food intolerances are fast becoming an issue.
You’re intelligent, so I am guessing you already know what the difference is between food intolerances and food allergies, but just in case you don't, I'll give a really brief explanation.
In a nut shell, food intolerance means you react to food several hours or even days later. This is why it can be difficult to pin point exactly what foods you are reacting to particularly after several breakfasts, lunches and dinners! A food allergy is when a reaction happens moments after ingesting the food. Your skin might break out in a rash or you might have trouble breathing. Food allergies can be life threatening whereas food intolerance can be more of a major pain in the arse or debilitating if your reaction is severe, but rarely will it end you.
According Allergy Research (http://www.allergyuk.org):
Each year the number of allergy sufferer’s increases by 5%, half of all affected being children.
1) 6 – 8 % of children have a proven food allergy (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2011)
2) An estimated 21 million adults in the
suffer from at least one allergy (Mintel,
3) An estimated 10 million adults suffer from more than one allergy (Mintel, 2010)
I have food intolerances because my skin breaks out, my nose runs constantly (even when I don't have a cold), I get itchy ears - deep in the ear, mainly the right one. At one stage, I almost deafened myself because the itching was driving me crazy; geez! I was poking all sorts of things down there...boy I suffered! These are just a few of the symptoms I get...yes, there are more. The skin outbreak is the main one...ok, spotty outbreak; really, really spotty; in fact darn itchy spotty! I'm so not a good advert for nutrition when that happens! I look gross man.
It’s annoying because inevitably you'll react to food you absolutely love, love, love! There is nothing more flipping annoying don't you think? Come on, we are humans, we want chocolate!
I digress...but do carry on reading as there is a really nice goodie at the end!
The number of people who have a food allergy is growing, but there is no clear answer as to why. Unfortunately, food intolerances are not recognized by the medical field so there are no statistics to compare the two.
Common food intolerances include dairy, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, eggs, shellfish, preservatives and histamine. Histamine intolerances include; dried fruit, tinned vegetables, ketchup, mustard plus wine and beer.
Typical symptoms for histamine include swelling and breathing difficulties.
If you have visited your doctor, you may have been given a food allergy test. Normally this is a skin prick test and can show up allergies to specific foods as well as non food items. But what if you don’t have a food allergy but you still are getting a reaction to something you eat? Your doctor will send you on your merry way and tell you not to be so silly. Ok, perhaps a bit harsh, but like I said before, intolerances are not recognized by the medical field, so what do you do instead?
You could do an elimination test. The drawback is that its time consuming and you still may not draw any conclusive results. You’ll probably give up after a few days anyway.
You could have a muscle test. You have to be careful with this because I have heard some stories about people being told they have candida and or parasites. Many swear by muscle testing but, sorry I don’t.
You could have Vega testing also known as electrodermal testing, but before you do; A doubled blind, randomized study published in the British Medical Journal on 20th October 2000, showed that when compared to the standard skin prick test, the electordermal test results didn't correlate. Basically, the results didn’t match and none of the participant’s allergies where consistently diagnosed.
The only really truly effective test is by using blood. The reason being is, with blood, your IgG antibodies are tested. IgG antibodies are linked to inflammatory responses which manifest in all sorts of health issues so if you have a food intolerance, it will easily be picked up.
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