Food Intolerance: Reasons, Symptoms and Prevention

What is food intolerance?

Food intolerance refers to the difficulty in digesting certain foods. Though food intolerance is not life-threatening but it is much more common than food allergy. The onset of symptoms of food intolerance usually comes on gradually and occurs only when someone eats a lot of the food or eats the food often. Food intolerance is also known as non-IgE mediated food hypersensitivity.

Symptoms of food intolerance

The symptoms of food intolerance are varied, including fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting, irritable bowel, skin symptoms, joint pains, night sweats, and other chronic conditions. A variety of different mechanisms can cause food intolerance such as lactose intolerance, food poisoning due to toxins and food additives. Though it is difficult to identify whether one has food intolerance or food allergy, but the pattern of onset and symptoms may help to distinguish between the two.

How to prevent food intolerance?

  • One should keep an accurate details of the food eaten and symptoms. Consult a dietitian to manage his/her diets.
  • Learn which food causes you to have food intolerance symptoms. Either avoid the food or eat them less often and in smaller amount.
  • Consider getting tested for food intolerance. A hair analysis test for health, which works by identifying pathogenic, toxic, mineral and nutritional influences, can help you assess food intolerances. It helps you to exclude substances you’re most sensitive to from your diet.
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