Opposite to common belief, having troubles digesting certain types of food, followed by various negative symptoms, doesn’t necessarily mean your body is allergic to that food. Food allergy is a reaction mediated by immunology cells and requires persistent immune reaction of your body focused on some particular ingredient in the given food. On the other hand, food intolerance simply means your bowl mucosa is oversensitive and gets irritated when exposed to some food ingredients, without immune system getting involved. Also, opposite to common belief, food intolerance is more frequent than people think. You may have food intolerance without even realizing. Many people are aware that there are certain types of nutrients they have troubles digesting or are associated with unpleasant digestive symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or gases.
How to recognize food intolerance
Clinical manifestation of food intolerance varies, depending on the troubling nutrient and the individual reaction. However, most common symptoms include abdominal pain or cramps, diarrhea or vomiting, gases and bloating. Opposite to allergies, these symptoms usually develop few hours after you’ve done with your meal. Allergy symptoms have a quick onset.
Common types of food intolerance
Theoretically speaking, your body may develop intolerance towards any nutrient, but some most frequent types are noticed among the average healthy population. Lactose intolerance is certainly the most common. These patients are oversensitive to natural sugar, lactose, found in milk and other dairy products. Gluten intolerance is a lot talked about lately. These people struggle with gluten, a specific protein found in wheat and other grains. Fructose is a natural sugar found in fruits and sweeteners added to many drinks, and it causes digestive problems to many people out there. Sulfites found in wines and sodas, as well as various polysaccharides and carbohydrates, are, also, among common triggers of food intolerance.
Test and treat your food intolerance in our clinic
Our counseling organization provides all phases to people with food intolerance, including thorough analyzing of their symptoms by our experts, screening tests to determine food intolerance and finally full education and training on how to cope with it. Courses refer to education about adjusted exclusion diet, where you’ll get to know the common foods you eat and their ingredients. Thus you’ll be able to avoid dangerous foods. We will also train you how to handle your symptoms in best manner if they occur nevertheless.