A food sensitivity or a food intolerance occurs in the digestive tract and not the bloodstream, like a food allergy. A food sensitivity is caused by an inability to digest a food and Symptoms are delayed, symptoms do not appear for hours or even days. Food sensitivities are not constant, and may come and go during the course of one’s life.
Strangely, people often crave foods to which they are sensitive to. Some researchers suggest that our bodies can become addicted to the chemical messengers, such as histamine or cortisol, which are secreted by immune cells in response to allergens in the body. The body may experience a soothing response from the presence of the chemical messengers, increasing the desire to eat more of that food.
Note that food sensitivities can change. Just because you discover food sensitivity does not mean it will hold true for the rest of your life. This is why it is important to get tested at least once a year.
How is a Food Sensitivity Different from a Food Allergy
Unlike a food sensitivity, which can take hours or days to manifest a symptom. A food allergy is an immediate exaggerated immune response triggered by eggs, peanuts, milk, or some other specific food. With a true food allergy the IgE portion of the immune system is triggered. This is the IMMEDIATE reaction. A person might eat strawberries and get an immediate rash on their face. The reaction is so fast that testing is not needed because it’s easy to determine the “culprit”.
Food Allergies can also be life threatening.
What Are Some Symptoms Of A Food Sensitivity?
Are You Or A Family Member Struggling With?
- Gas / Bloating
- Weight Loss Resistance
- Thyroid Dysfunction
- Chronic Pain / Inflammation
- Stomach ache
- Acid Reflux/GERD
- Blood in the stool
- Chronic pain/Arthritis
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Anxiety / Depression
- Sinus problems