Food intolerance is defined as a reaction that some people have to different types of foods. Food intolerance should not be confused with food allergy. The two are different. The difference is that an allergy occurs when the body reacts and rejects food. Also, an allergy reaction to food occurs only minutes after the food is taken.
On the other hand, food intolerance happens when the body fails to digest the food properly. In addition, unlike food allergy, the symptoms of food intolerance appear some hours after the food is taken. Another difference between the two is that some food allergy reactions can be fatal whilst this is rarely the case with food intolerance.
How does one manage and treat intolerance to food? There are several ways; and to learn more, we discuss some of the remedies below.
Keep a Food Diary
It is no easy thing to pinpoint the exact cause when the body reacts some hours after food is taken. Meals usually consist of several different dishes or types of foods. Keeping a detailed diary helps. For each meal taken a list should be made of all the different dishes making up the menu; beef, lettuce, tomatoes, eggs and so on. Then if any adverse reactions are experienced, these should be noted down in detail. If possible, the severity of the symptoms should be graded on a scale of say, one to five. This should be useful in pinpointing particular symptoms to particular to particular types of food.
Eliminate the Food
Once particular symptoms have been linked to particular food types, these foods should be eliminated from the diet. After some days, the suspected food is reintroduced into the diet. If the symptoms recur, the causative food has been discovered and is then eliminated permanently from the diet. Eliminating the food is probably the easiest route to take, though not the only one. There are other alternatives.
Seek Professional Medical Advice
It is not always easy to determine whether reactions to food are intolerance or allergies. To learn more, it is therefore a good idea to seek the advice of qualified medical practitioners. The doctors or dieticians also usually advise patients to maintain diaries of which foods are taken and what symptoms resulted. From this data the medical practitioner is able to determine which foods are causing the reaction. The adverse reactions from
By: Dick Benson
Title: 6 Ways to Manage and Treat Food Intolerance
Sourced From: alternativemedicine.com/6-ways-to-manage-and-treat-food-intolerance/
Published Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:32:28 +0000
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