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Food Allergy Or Food Intolerance?

Food allergies are extremely common among both children and adults. In fact, on average, food allergies affect around 5% of adults and 8% of children, however, these percentages are rising. But what exactly is a food allergy?

     Experts define a food allergy as ‘a condition in which certain foods trigger an abnormal immune response.’ Food allergies are typically caused by your immune system wrongly recognising certain proteins in foods as being harmful. Our bodies then launch a wide range of protective measures, including releasing chemicals like histamine, which causes the inflammation that we feel when we are having an allergic reaction to something that we have eaten.

Food Allergy Symptoms

      It doesn’t take much more than a small bite for many people to suffer a severe reaction. In fact, sometimes even the smell of the food can trigger a reaction. Food allergy symptoms can occur from within a few minutes of exposure, up to a few hours later, and can include:

  • Swelling Of The Tongue, Mouth, Or Face
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Hives
  • Itchy Rash

     In more severe food allergy cases, it can cause symptoms such as an itchy rash, swelling of the throat or tongue, shortness of breath and low blood pressure.

Food Intolerance Or Food Allergy? 

     Many food intolerances are often mistaken for food allergies. There is a difference, however, as food intolerances never involve the immune system. This means that food intolerances can dramatically impact your quality of life, but they aren’t life threatening. How do you know if you have a food allergy or a food intolerance? Food sensitivity testing is the most accurate way of finding out if you have a food intolerance issue, or you are suffering from a food allergy. Once accurately diagnosed, you can receive the treatment you need to not only feel healthier, but to improve your overall quality of life.

Precautions

Of course, the best way to prevent a reaction is to avoid trigger foods. 

To be on the safe side, always read the labels of the food that you’re buying from the shops. Choose more natural and simple foods that do not contain any additives. Try to keep a clean eating regime, and most of all – listen to your body.

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