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Understanding Food Allergy and Food Intolerance

by learningdiscoveries on February 6, 2015

What Exactly Is Food Allergy?

The allergic symptoms start with the work of a mast cell, which is a part of the immune system. The mast cell is found in connective tissue. An allergic reaction to food is when the immune system activates the mast cell that releases histamine and other substances during inflammatory and allergic reactions. This can result in itching, hives, watery eyes and runny nose, vomiting and diarrhea, swelling and trouble breathing.

The reaction to food allergens is usually immediate after consuming the food. Some of the most common food allergies are peanuts and other nuts products, eggs, shellfish and seafood.

Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance

There is a difference between food allergy and food intolerance.

Food allergy is an immune system reaction to a certain food and occurs soon after consumption. The immune system mistakes the food as a pathogen and tries to eliminate it. This can trigger anaphylactic shock.

Food intolerance is a non-allergic food hypersensitivity. It is a delayed reaction that produces upsets in one or more organs or systems.

So What Are The Symptoms Of Food Intolerance?

The short term symptoms of food intolerance are namely upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhea, bloating and other disorders connected with the digestive system.

Moreover, some of the patients suffering from food intolerances often experience drowsy or fogginess or lack of energy as known as lethargy as well as migraine headaches and other psychological issues such as confusion and depression.

Long Term Health Threat of Food Intolerance

One of the most common long term health issues caused by food intolerance or adverse reaction of food is celiac disease or leaky gut, which is related to gluten intolerance. Not only does this create sickness around the bowel and digestive organs, gluten intolerance leads to hypoperfusion and lessens the availability of oxygen in the organs. The insufficient oxygen in the brain resulted in several disorders, for example autism and epilepsy.

Detect It Now for Your Better Health

Food intolerance doesn’t show immediate symptoms, making it difficult to pinpoint which food causes of the issue.

If you suspect that you might have a food intolerance and would like to get tested, Learning Discoveries’s Food DetectiveTM Food Intolerance Test offers quick and accurate results. The program is designed to look at common food we eat everyday which may cause IgG antibody reactions. Once you know what are the problem foods, you can start avoiding them by removing them from the diet, and you can see a significant improvement of your health.

To make an appointment for the test or to get more information and advices on alternative foods, please call us on (02) 9637 9998 during business hours. 

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Rosemary Boon

Registered Psychologist

M.A. (Psych),
Grad. Dip. Ed. Studies (Sch. Counsel),
Grad Dip. Ed. B Sc, Dip. Nut.
MAPS, AACNEM, ATMS, ISNR, ANSA.

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