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Food Intolerance, Food Allergy & Food Sensitivities

by Dr Rajiv Sharma January 30, 2018

Food Intolerance, Food Allergy & Food Sensitivities

Due to artificial coloring, preservatives, pesticides, insecticides, sweeteners and excipients in the food and supplements some patients experience gastrointestinal distress in the form of nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, cramping, gassiness and worse. It is tough to find food or food ingredients free from additives these days. Fast food restaurants and the exploding dietary supplement industry brings with it all extra non required ingredients that can give you an unhappy gut. Food intolerance occurs if you cannot absorb or react to a certain food molecule for except Lactose (milk sugar) intolerance, Fructose ( fruit sugar) intolerance, Fructan ( short glucose molecule) intolerance. The symptoms are very vague and takes a long time to diagnose in some cases.

Key is to very carefully pay attention to the food consumed and if certain foods give you headaches, brain fog, physical symptoms such as diarrhea, skin rash, joint pains please stop that food or supplement.

It is very important to rule out celiac disease, crohn's disease in cases we are concerned for food sensitivities. Sometimes molecules like MSG have resulted in migraine like symptoms in many people. Lot of people are developing sensitivities to cow's milk, honey, corn, corn products, high fructose corn syrup,

FOOD ALLERGIES : A person could have allergy to one or more components of food that we consume. This is an IgE based reaction and can cause itching, breathing difficulties and skin rash sometimes. It could be a deadly condition. Most common food allergy culprits are fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy and eggs. If you carry a diagnosis of food allergies always recommend carrying an Epipen with you in case you have a severe allergic reaction.

There is a esophageal condition called Eosinophilic esophagitiswhere the esophagus as Asthma like cells inside its lining. This condition presents with trouble swallowing and most people do have some type of food or respiratory allergies. An elimination diet to avoid culprit food has a key role in this condition.

Dr Rajiv Sharma
Dr Rajiv Sharma

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