Do you suffer from chronic bloating and gas? If so, you may possibly have a food intolerance.
Food intolerance occurs when your body has a problem digesting a certain type of food. There are several reasons for food intolerance: your body may not be able to produce a certain needed enzyme to break down the food, your body may be irritated by certain chemicals, or your intestines had a fight with a certain food last time you ate it and they are no longer speaking. The list goes on.
Yes, this IS different from a food allergy. While a food intolerance is uncomfortable and irritating, it is not life-threatening. A food allergy may occur if your body has recognized a certain food as an enemy and has built up antibodies against it. The result is an overreaction of the immune system that shows up as symptoms such as hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, or low blood pressure. Food intolerance (while it’s a bummer) may pass in a matter of hours, but an allergy requires immediate medication or medical attention.
If you think you may have any of these issues, here are some tips to help you prevent symptoms in the future:
Life is too precious to waste time worrying about adverse food reactions. At Grand Rapids Allergy, doctors are waiting to help you get out and enjoy summer food and fun!