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What Is The Difference Between Food Allergies vs. Food Intolerance?

Posted by     on October 20, 2017

Dr Della Parker_What Is The Difference Between Food Allergies vs Food Intolerance

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance

Food Allergy and Food Intolerance sound similar and are often confused with each other. Food allergies are usually a lot more serious and have an impact on your immune system. A food intolerance, while not necessarily life threatening, can cause digestive issues. It can also cause dysfunction that manifests in several different ways such as headaches, Ileocecal Valve Syndrome, skin rashes, adrenal fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, and brain fog.

Both food allergies and food intolerance can share some of the same symptoms; nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Here is a quick breakdown of the difference between the two:

Food Allergy:

  • Usually comes on suddenly
  • Small amount of food can trigger
  • Happens every time you eat the food
  • Can be life-threatening

Food Intolerance:

  • Usually comes on gradually
  • May only happen when you eat a lot of the food
  • May only happen if you eat the food often
  • Is not life-threatening

Difference in Testing

Food intolerance evaluation can identify foods that may be causing chronic irritation in the body. The test is quick and easy! It involves a finger stick to collect a small amount of blood. Your blood is then put in contact with a variety of foods and a measurable reaction is observed. This is different from food allergy testing in several ways. Food allergy testing (either skin or blood) is only evaluating your immune systems reaction to foods.

When starting a routine of proper diet and nutritional supplementation it is important to have these intolerances identified as they can contribute to almost any symptomology.

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