It is important to bear in mind that while food intolerance is attributed to the discomfort caused by certain products and foods, this condition only occurs with two specific elements: lactose and gluten , clarifying that when it is caused by this last agent we are talking about celiac disease, an autoimmune disease. All problems caused by other foods and compounds are not included within the conditions based on intolerance, but are actually related to food inflammation . There are two distinct concepts that it is important to know how to distinguish in order to reach an adequate conclusion about what may be happening in the body of someone who is not well in their day to day.
What is food intolerance?
Defining food intolerance involves talking about a type of reaction in the body that occurs due to the intake of certain foods that have very specific substances. It is not something that can happen due to the intake of a wide range of elements but only when consuming gluten and / or lactose. Only by ingesting products in which these substances are present can the reactions of intolerance be produced, as long as the person is diagnosed as intolerant because they may also have some sensitivity to these compounds without being specifically intolerant.
As mentioned, differentiate food intolerance and inflammation .It’s very important. This last problem can easily be detected with the use of the Biomarkers Alimentary Inflammation Test that will provide the necessary information to know which food groups may be causing inflammation. In any case, inflammation by food only occurs at those times when the body exceeds the level of acceptance before the intake of one or some food groups or when consumed in excess. On the other hand, although food intolerance is a permanent problem and from which care must be taken after its discovery, inflammation can easily be resolved by re-educating the body through the rotating diet proposed by the physician.Biomarkers system . In this way the patient does not have to leave out any food, can continue to maintain a varied diet “without limitations” and returning to a natural state of acceptance eliminating the discomfort caused by inflammation.
What causes intolerance?
There is a wide range of effects attributed to food intolerance. Gastrointestinal disorders are frequent among people who have lactose intolerance or celiac disease, this leads to various common consequences that include constipation, nausea, gas, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux or abdominal distension, among other factors. They do not have to be produced in a continuous or absolute way, but they are frequent and a nuisance for the day to day.
It can also cause skin problems such as hives, eczema, psoriasis and acne , among other disorders. They are in the same group as problems related to digestion, the aesthetic consequences being an added factor to take into account. In addition to this, there may be consequences to maintain an adequate weight level, neurological problems, difficulties in breathing processes, changes in psychological behavior, muscle problems and other generalized problems. It is possible to alleviate these consequences and reactions but we must take an active role to prevent gluten and lactose continue to take their toll.
In this sense we also see another clear difference between inflammation from food and food intolerance. In the case of inflammation, negative reactions can occur such as digestive problems, migraines , skin consequences, hypertension, overweight or arthritis, but all of them can be eliminated in a very short period of time by introducing a change in diet that allows forgetting the inflammatory processes.
People suffering from food intolerance due to the reaction to foods ingested with lactose or gluten (in the case of celiacs) suffer from a series of symptoms that are easy to detect. One of the most common are the intense headaches that can occur after eating some specific foods or migraines, which may end up becoming a continuing problem. Another of the symptoms of food intolerance is having a level of fatigue above average and it seems that at all times short of breath, however much the individual is just awakening.
Of course, there are reactions that can be much stronger in the case of ingesting a higher amount of gluten or lactose. This can lead to, for example,need to go to the bathroom suddenly many more times a day than usual. You can also suffer pains in muscles and joints that affect the day to day significantly.
Knowing that the effects of food intolerance only occur with lactose-laced foods such as milk or yogurt, the symptoms are more acutely felt with them. The upset stomach is the first thing you can tell which in an isolated case may go unnoticed but intolerant people becomes repetitive and high intensity. Eruptions on the skin, acne and even the increase in the consequences of other conditions not related to intolerance such as the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, which will be enhanced due to the intake of foods with gluten or lactose.
Tests to detect it
There are different ways to check food intolerance. In the case of gluten, a alcat test can be performed but it is not definitive unless a positive biopsy is performed , this last will be what ends confirming the condition of the patient and the condition. Alcat test cost can range from $200 to $250.
To carry out the test that will confirm lactose intolerance, there is a wide range of systems that can be taken into account, each one of a greater or lesser effectiveness depending on the case. The blood test is one of the fastest among the food intolerance tests but it does not have an effectiveness level as high as one might imagine. The same goes for the hydrogen test .It is carried out through the breath, which is done quickly, although its level of efficiency is not the maximum, much less. These are the most commonly used tests to detect lactose intolerance although there are other options. One of them is the biopsy, which is more complex but much more efficient, following a process similar to that of gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Other tests available are the genetic test and the gaxilose test .
If you think that certain products with gluten or lactose do not feel too good but you are not diagnosed as intolerant it is possible that your problem lies in a food inflammation, something that would undoubtedly be great news because we are talking about a reversible state. Contact one of our centers and say goodbye to your discomfort without giving up anything.