Updated: Jan 20
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There's a difference between being allergic to a food and being sensitive or intolerant to it!
The difference between a food allergy and sensitivity is the body’s response. When you have a food allergy, your immune system causes an immediate reaction, like that famous peanut allergy will have your throat swell up and make you suffocate if you don't immediately go to the hospital and seek help. You cannot do anything about a food allergy and you will have to live with it for the rest of your life.
However, if you have a food sensitivity or intolerance, the reaction is triggered by your digestive system and can include symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramping, and nausea.
Skin conditions like eczema, rashes, dermatitis can also be linked to food sensitivity. The reaction can also be delayed, meaning that it can only appear a day or 2 later, so it's much harder to pinpoint sometimes what you are reacting to.
So, some foods are quite easy to find out as they might give you a rash or digestive distress, so you intuitively stay away from them. But sometimes we get a reaction only a couple of days later that we might not even notice. I wasn't surprised for instance, to see sesame in red on the food chart of my sensitivity test, but I would've never guessed that I could not have artichoke for instance.
The good thing about food intolerance is that you can actually heal from it!
I'm seeing more and more clients that are eating "healthy" foods that are causing them inflammation. The inflammation is causing the symptoms and what I've been doing is helping them heal so that they can reintroduce the "offending" foods again. I actually was my very first client, this is how I came to this profession!
My training as a Functional Nutritionist helped me understand that I had leaky gut and was not absorbing the nutrients from the food I was consuming. This is why I was feeling tired, hungry all the time and was developing sensitivities to more and more foods I was consuming. So I started to heal my gut and things got a whole lot better. My tummy was much flatter and I realized that all my life I actually had not had that much belly fat but inflamed and swollen intestines that were making my belly fat!
All good so far, but then I developed eczema in my face (of all places yay). So something was still off…. I contacted different doctors to find out about food intolerance testing with no luck. There was a wealth of tests available with private providers but I didn’t know which ones to trust and they were all really pricey as well. My doctor was convinced that it wasn’t necessary to do this test but if I would heal my gut, the symptoms would resolve automatically - but it didn't! And it doesn't make sense because your gut will never completely heal if you don't take out the offending foods at least for a while. Next to a detailed stool panel ,testing for food intolerances was the missing key that helped me get rid of my chronic eczema. And not only did the eczema go away, but also I could eat again foods that I had been reacting to before like fermented foods.
I actually held a Masterclass on skin health a couple of weeks ago, if you want to learn more about what is leaky gut and what I did in detail, you can listen in here.
Or contact me directly if you have any questions!