Ever wonder what is the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance? A food allergy, or hypersensitivity, is an abnormal response to a food that is triggered by the immune system.

A food intolerance does not involve the immune system. Food poisoning, metabolic reactions to food and food idiosyncrasy are a few types of food intolerances.

For those who have food allergies, it is important to identify it and prevent allergic reactions. When you have an allergic reaction to a food, your body creates immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies specific to that food, which triggers the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Food allergens are usually not broken down by heat, or stomach acids/enzymes that digest food. Because they are not broken down, they enter the bloodstream and target organs. Digestion then affects the timing and location of allergic reactions. Itching occurs during or shortly after consumption, and vomiting or pain may begin shortly after. From there, the allergen is in the bloodstream. If the allergen the skin, hives or eczema may also occur. This could all take place within an hour of eating the food.

If your system is trigger allergic reactions to many types of food, it’s possible that there is an imbalance in your endocrine or digestion system.  Did you know that some food allergies could be a by-product of your lifestyle, not hereditary? Understanding how your body works and what factors affect food allergies can help you avoid aggravating them.

Our Life in Motion Wellness Program may be able to help. If you are suffering from severe food allergies, schedule a Wellness Consultation with Dr. Jones. Dr. Jones will examine every aspect of your life to see if he can help you relieve your allergic reactions.

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