What is food intolerance

In addition to food allergies, which usually start in early childhood, there is also food intolerance. It has different manifestations and consequences than the classic allergy. But it can significantly worsen the patient’s life.

Hippocrates once said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine your food.” However, sometimes our daily food is by no means a medicine, but almost a poison.

Enzymes in short supply

It is with the use of certain foods, to which individual intolerance arises, that the development of a huge number of health problems can be associated. Such a violation develops when, for various reasons, a person begins to lack certain enzymes necessary for the breakdown of certain types of food. In this case, not simple, but complex compounds (macromolecules) enter the bloodstream, which the immune system perceives as hostile, and in response shows aggression towards its own body. This is how inflammatory reactions occur in various organs and tissues. The more often a person consumes a specific product that is poorly digested in his body, the more severe the consequences.

This is not an allergy

Most of us know what food allergies can look like. As a rule, it affects the skin, leading to the appearance of a rash, irritation. Although there may be other manifestations. Diagnosis of disease can be done by doing skin tests or donating blood for immunoglobulins E (IgE) to a panel of the most common food allergens.

But food intolerance cannot be detected in this way. To detect it, you need to take a blood test for IgG4 antibodies, which do not cause a classic allergic reaction, but can accumulate and cause negative symptoms. There is a special test that can measure the immune system’s response to the most common food allergens. This panel includes 88 mono and 2 mixed (mixtures) of allergens contained in the most popular products and the most common food additives.

Traffic light power

Do not think that food intolerance can only be associated with junk food – fatty, fried, stuffed with preservatives and artificial additives. Not at all, people often do not tolerate completely benign and generally very healthy products: meat and fish, milk and berries, eggs, nuts and fruits, bread, cereals and vegetables.

Moreover, both the whole product itself and part of it can be intolerable. For example, many have heard of the potential dangers of gluten and lactose. But it turns out that intolerance to the yeast-like fungus “Candida”, a natural inhabitant of the human microflora, is not less common. People who cannot tolerate this fungus can experience a range of physical and mental symptoms, from diarrhea and abdominal pain to depression and memory impairment.

Often, intolerance is associated with infection with roundworms – roundworms that enter the body with poorly washed herbs, vegetables and fruits. Only treatment with antihelminthic drugs will be ineffective in this case. In addition to medicines, you will have to follow a strict diet, limiting fats and carbohydrates, excluding alcohol and a number of products (milk, sour cream, cheese, fresh bread, fatty meats, sweets and some others).

The result of the analysis on the panel of the most common allergens will be presented in 3 colors: green, red and yellow. It is simple to decipher the “traffic light” of ideal nutrition: everything contained in the green list can be eaten without fear, from the yellow list – no more than 1-2 times a week, but everything that is listed in the red list is best avoided.

If treatment doesn’t work

Chronic diseases of the liver, pancreas, stomach https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stomach and intestines, resistant to treatment, acne and dermatitis of unknown origin, which cannot be treated with drugs – few people think that these and other pathologies are associated with food. But often the root of evil is precisely in a diet that is not suitable for a person. Also, food intolerance is often detected when complaining of frequent headaches, joint pain, unstable stools, incessant SARS, depression. And among such patients, there are many who, despite strict diets and exhausting sports, cannot lose weight in any way. After all, foods that are not suitable for the body do not stimulate, but only slow down the metabolism.

Of course, it is quite difficult to associate such different symptoms with the food consumed. Nevertheless, if a person has complaints of feeling unwell, lack of energy, etc., or has chronic diseases prone to frequent exacerbations and other problems, it will be useful to be tested for food intolerance.