There is a general increase in food allergies and intolerances to wheat, yeast, peanuts, dairy, eggs, seafood and cereals. The reasons could be the genetic modification of foods, the adding of certain chemicals, radiation, processing and the way it is grown in our depleted soils. So what is the difference between an allergy and intolerance?
Allergy is more of an overreaction to a substance which results in an immune response in the body causing symptoms and often disease. It could result in a rash, itches, runny noses and general irritation and can aggravate all our senses. In some instances it can be fatal.
Some symptoms of food allergies are:
- Skin rashes or eczema
- Burning and swelling especially round the mouth
- Runny nose
- Breathing problems
On the other hand food intolerance is a chemical reaction from your digestive system when a specific enzyme or chemical is not produced sufficiently to break down that certain food. They also can affect asthma, irritable bowel or chronic fatigue.
Food intolerance symptoms can vary from:
- Strange reactions
- Problems breathing – similar to asthma
- Skin rashes and burning sensations
- Tightness of chest
- Breathing problems – asthma-like symptoms
It is important to work out what you are allergic and intolerant to because it can often explain symptoms you may be getting. Also if you have intolerances there are enzymes you can take to put those substances back into your body and build your immunity to some degree. A hair or saliva analysis will give you the answers. This is very different to the blood scratch test that you do at the doctors. You need to see a specialist in natural therapist to get the saliva test and they will give you explanations as to why you feel bad and tired. It could be as simple as you eating the white bread which makes you sluggish or the cheese which gives you sinus just to name two products that could be an issue – wheat/yeast and lactose.