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Food Allergies & Intolerance

Food Allergies & Intolerance

Allergies and Intolerance:

A food intolerance is often mistaken as a food allergy, so we have pulled together some information below to help you distinguish the two from each other.

Food Allergies: The Facts

If you have a food allergy, your body will treat certain foods as if they were a threat, and your immune system will go into action against them. From common allergies to more extreme reactions, your body makes sure white blood cells go into action to fight off what it thinks is a threat. The resulting allergic reactions will usually occur within minutes of contact with the allergenic food.

Some common symptoms of food allergies are:

  • Itchiness or swelling around the mouth or throat
  • Swelling, flushed, or itchy skin
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • A running nose
  • Sore or itchy eyes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Food Intolerances: Causes & Symptoms

  • When you have a food intolerance, your immune system isn’t involved. It also could take hours or even days for symptoms of your food intolerance to appear. The symptoms are usually focused around the stomach and can include nausea, bloating, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
  • One of the most common food intolerances is to gluten, which is found in many types of grain including wheat, barley, and oats.
  • Another common intolerance is to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products including cheese, ice cream, and chocolate. This often happens because your body may not be producing enough of the natural lactase enzyme it uses to digest dairy. If you experience uncomfortable symptoms like gas, diarrhea, cramps, and bloating when you eat or drink products that contain dairy, you may want to try LACTAID® Supplements. LACTAID® supplements work naturally by topping up your body’s lactase enzyme to help your body digest dairy more easily.

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Keep a food diary

  • If you think your diarrhea could be the result of food intolerance, it’s worthwhile to keep a diary of the food you eat every day and also to track when you suffer from diarrhea or other digestive health related symptoms. It can be a very useful tool to help you work out what’s causing the problem.
  • If you think you have a food allergy or intolerance, see your GP for advice.

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