Allergic or just plain intolerant?

Posted in Food Bites |
Key Facts: 
  • Digestive discomfort after eating food may be due to food intolerances 

  • Gluten grains (wheat, barley, rye and oats) and dairy are common culprits
  • The reaction to gluten proteins is more serious in Celiac sufferers

  • Unresolved food intolerance problems result in chronic inflammation and 'leaky gut'


Are foods you love starting to not love you? We’re guessing you’re carrying on regardless and eating them anyway. After all, you know what’s coming, and you accept that a bit of digestive discomfort later on is the price to pay to savour those mouthfuls. Yet for some of you, that ‘discomfort’ may be getting too much to bear, and more of the foods you love no longer seem to be worth the sacrifice.

When food intolerance becomes a problem, it’s understandable why people become antacid junkies, and multiple pill poppers. Regular chemists / drug stores have aisles jam-packed full of anti-wind/gas remedies, bloating relief, and laxatives to get things moving again. If this is you, we don’t blame you for feeling you have no choice but to scurry off to your doctor for something a little stronger or more effective. Before long, you may have to re-name your bathroom cabinet ‘polypharmacy central’.

There’s really no need to pill pop. Can you imagine being able to reintroduce some of those old favourites back onto your daily menu, without any unpleasant side effects? First up, you’ve got to figure out if you’re suffering from a case of general food intolerance, or if you are genuinely allergic. A true allergic reaction results in anaphylactic shock, which can be life threatening, so telling the difference is not exactly rocket science. Peanuts and seafood are common allergens in people with true allergies.

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