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Food Intolerance V’s Food Allergies

There is a lot of confusion today as to whether people think they have a food intolerance or a food allergy.  A food intolerance is when the body has a slight reaction to a certain type of food you have eaten.  For example, many people have a wheat or dairy intolerance and when eating this particular type of food their bodies have an adverse reaction.  This can range from headaches, bloating, constipation and other symptoms.  It varies from person to person.

Food allergies, on the other hand, may be life threatening and cause anaphylactic shock, swelling, rashes and even death!  The most common allergy we hear about is nuts.

If you think you might have a food intolerance, I would recommend keeping a food journal.  Track everything you eat and how you feel immediately afterwards and then again 2 hours later.  The main culprits for causing food intolerances are:

  • Wheat
  • DairY
  • Soy
  • Citrus
  • Eggs
  • Corn (and not corn on the cob)

Try this test: avoid the above foods completely for 7 days and on the 8th/9th/10th etc days reintroduce one at a time and note what happens.

Also, recognize how your body feels when you eat certain foods together.  For example, I have learnt through doing this test that when I combine cereal with milk (carbs & protein), especially oats, I get a bloated, uncomfortable feeling pretty much immediately after.  It’s just about becoming more aware of your body… listen to what it’s telling you.


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