A food sensitivity, or intolerance, happens when you have trouble digesting a particular food. This can lead to symptoms such as intestinal gas, abdominal pain, or diarrhea. Symptoms usually start within a few hours of eating that food. However, it can take as long as 48 hours for the symptoms to show up. So, it can be tough to pinpoint what is causing your problem.
A food sensitivity affects your digestive system. A food allergy involves your immune system and, if it’s severe, even a tiny amount can have life-threatening effects.
That’s not to say that food sensitivity is not a serious condition.
Dairy: Lactose is a sugar found in milk and other dairy products such as cheese butter and yogurt. When your body is short of lactase enzymes it has difficulty digesting the lactose and results in uncomfortable digestive symptoms.
Gluten: Gluten is the name for the proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. Gluten sensitivity can cause several symptoms – Celiac, which is an auto-immune disease, wheat allergy, or gluten sensitivity.
Eggs: Some people have difficulty digesting egg whites but are not allergic to eggs. Egg intolerance is associated with symptoms like diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Caffeine: If you have a hypersensitivity to caffeine you may experience a rapid heartbeat, anxiety, jitters, and Insomnia after consuming even a small amount of caffeine.
There are many other foods that could be causing your distress. The best way to discover which foods you are reacting to is to get tested and get a clinically designed, personalized nutrition plan that addresses your specific needs.
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