“Sensitivity” or an “intolerance,” which seem similar but are two different things.
Food sensitivity symptoms are usually chronic and affect about 20 to 30 percent of the population. Sensitivities are also sometimes referred to as delayed food allergies, because they are also mediated by immune responses. A sensitivity can affect any organ system in the body and can take from 45 minutes to several days for symptoms to become apparent. Since the physiological mechanisms are complex, and symptoms may be delayed, it’s often difficult to pinpoint a sensitivity, leaving many undiagnosed.
Intolerance, on the other hand, causes similar symptoms but doesn’t involve an immune response. In this case, when a food is ingested, it is not properly digested and begins to ferment inside the gut. The most common example is lactose intolerance, which causes symptoms like diarrhea and gas, thanks to the body’s inability to properly digest lactose.
Though the reason a food gives you discomfort is different whether you’re sensitive or intolerant, the solution is the same: Stop eating it.
Symptoms of food intolerance
When you experience a food-specific IgG reaction or ‘intolerance’ to a particular food or drink, the body can produce a variety of inflammatory responses as it incorrectly identifies the ingredient as a threat.
Unlike allergic reactions, these responses can be delayed up to 72 hours and vary in severity, effecting digestion, skin, joints, respiration, energy levels and even psychological health.
Understanding your own personal food and drink intolerances, and the effects they could have on your health and wellbeing, is important to ensure you make the best possible choices for your diet.
If you think you may have an intolerance, get tested ASAP.
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What you receive…
All results include items identified as showing an intolerance of 85% and over. Having conducted many thousands of intolerance tests, we believe this percentage to represent the point for which most intolerance symptoms arise.