Food, one of America’s greatest passions, is often overlooked as the culprit for a vast amount of health issues. Food allergies are left undiagnosed in millions of people, symptoms left unidentified or misdiagnosed. A food allergy is brought on by the immune system in response to a particular item that is introduced into the body. That item is then identified as a negative substance, in much the same way that bacteria is, and the body responds to it as such.
In addition to food allergies, there are also common food intolerances as well. Food intolerance is not brought on by the immune system, thus substantiating itself in a very different category from food allergies. With food intolerance, the body often does not produce enough of a particular enzyme to properly break down the food, resulting in symptoms such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, fatigue and any number of other symptoms, even those shared with common food allergies. What should you do if you suspect you have a food allergy or intolerance?
The most popular food intolerances appear to be those linked to dairy and wheat. If you suspect food intolerance, try eliminating the offending food for a few weeks. If the symptoms disappear, you have your answer. However, it may not be the answer you were hoping for, as many common food intolerances belong to your favorite foods. You eat them far more than other items and it’s hard to eliminate them overall. Be strong and stay off the substance for several months. Then attempt to slowly reintroduce it into your diet and see if the intolerance may have righted itself. If not, then look at the elimination of the product as a blessing. Your symptoms can be eliminated for the small price of replacing one favorite food with a hopefully more tolerable substitute.
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