Unlike an immediate food allergy, food intolerances, also known as delayed food allergies and food sensitivities, are much more commonly involved in immune reactions to foods. In fact, 76-80% of the population not responding to conventional medicine are likely to have this type of reaction to foods.
Food intolerances are intimately linked to your body’s immune system. The immune system is the body’s defense against foreign invaders, such as poisons and harmful bacteria. Intolerance to foods can develop when food particles are absorbed into the bloodstream before the food is fully digested, due to a condition known as “Leaky Gut”.
These partially digested foods are viewed, not as nutrition, but as invaders, which alert the immune system to form IgG antibodies. Therefore, if someone regularly eats foods to which they are intolerant, they are continually placing their immune system under stress. In these circumstances, the immune and detoxification systems use their energy and reserves to fight food components which should not be there.
Reactions produced by food intolerances are inflammatory and can be involved in a whole host of health problems, some severe and some “nagging”. The symptoms are often “masked”, that is, they mimic the symptoms of common problems such as headache, fatigue and joint pains.
Delayed food allergies have been linked to either causing or provoking over 118 allergic symptoms and well over 150 different medical conditions. Sometimes food intolerances will not produce the same reaction each time. The foods or substances that cause masked reactions are often the ones people are exposed to on a regular basis.
In fact, someone may crave the food causing the problem, and feel temporarily better when eating it. As previously mentioned, the reactions are often delayed and therefore the sufferer doesn’t associate the problem with the particular food causing the symptom.
Health conditions that can be caused by delayed food allergies:
- Abdominal pains
- Crohn’s disease
- Aches & pains
- Mouth ulcers
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Panic attacks
- Ear aches
- Sickness (general)
- Bloating & edema
- Breathing difficulties
- Skin problems
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Gastric ulcers
- Stomach cramps
- Celiac disease
- Weight gain/loss
- Inner Ear Infections
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- and many, many more!
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