Food intolerance is a series of physiological responses that your body has to certain types of food.
It is thought that over 45% of the population react adversely to foods that they eat.
A food intolerance is occasionally confused with a food allergy. They can often have the same signs and symptoms but are completely different. A true food allergy will cause an immune system reaction that affects many organs in the body, it causes a range of symptoms, in some cases, it can be severe or life-threatening. In contrast, food intolerance symptoms are normally less serious and are often restricted to digestive problems.
One in three people have hidden food intolerances. If you are eating foods that your body cannot tolerate, you are likely to gain weight, feel terrible and even look years older than your actual age. The inflammation going on makes your body resistant to the key chemical messengers that help you burn fat, tolerate stress and regularise any cravings. If you are one of them, you need to find out what you are intolerant to and which foods to eat instead.
You can ‘desensitise’ yourself to foods you’re intolerant to and then reintroduce them three months later to see if you can now tolerate it. You should never eat foods you have a severe response to.
Discovering what you have an intolerance to
Food intolerance can be responsible for many symptoms, especially digestive problems, from bloating to constipation, and diarrhea to abdominal cramps. These are sometimes accompanied by mental and physical symptoms, such as mood changes, chronic tiredness, depression, increased appetite, sleepiness after meals, inability to concentrate and a host of minor ailments from itches and rashes to asthma and sinus problems.
Whilst the effects may not be life threatening, resulting symptoms can have a massive impact on someone’s quality of work and home life.
Download the questionnaire here and check yourself out to see if you have any food intolerance.