Food sensitivities are all the rage these days!!! If you can think back over the past decade or so, food was simply food. Now, everyone seems to be going gluten or dairy free… all in the hopes that it will either save their health or further their fitness ambitions. If you’ve been wondering if all these sensitivities are actually affecting your health, here’s some knowledge we’ve garnered through the years.
Sensitivities Vs. Allergies
What exactly is the difference between food sensitivities and allergies?
Let’s start out with sensitivities, or “intolerances”… If you eat a dish that contains the food you think you are allergic, but without and immediate allergic reaction, you are probably dealing with a food sensitivity. The issues you deal with aren’t typically very severe, but can inhibit your ability to function as your normal, healthy self.
Sensitivities typically induce:
- mild digestive problems
- brain fog
Food allergies on the other hand, can be serious life-threatening experiences. They trigger an IgE response; where antibodies release chemicals causing a reaction in the lungs, throat, skin or nose. These reactions can take place any time between a couple of minutes and a couple of hours.
Common food allergy symptoms:
- Itching in the mouth
- Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat or other parts of the body
- Hives, itching or rash
- Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
- Nasal congestion or trouble breathing
- Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting
Very severe reactions are referred to as anaphylaxis :
- Tightening of the airways
- A swollen throat, or a “lump” in the throat, making it breathing difficult
- A severe drop in blood pressure, or rapid pulse
- Dizziness with potential loss of consciousness
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