Food allergies and food intolerance have very similar symptoms so it can be difficult to determine which problem you have unless there is an anaphylactic reaction. An anaphylactic reaction is very serious. It happens quickly and involves difficulty breathing, dizziness, or loss of consciousness.
Eating a food you are intolerant to can leave you feeling miserable! Daily symptoms of headache, muscle pain, fatigue, brain fog, depression, bloating and even decreased immune system are so common.
Digestive System Vs Immune System
A food intolerance response actually takes place in the digestive system. However, 70% of your immune system is present in the intestinal track! Every time you eat a food you're allergic to your body triggers a reaction that depresses the immune system because your body cannot properly breakdown foods or you have any enzyme deficiency.
A food allergic reaction involves the immune system. Your immune system controls how your body defends itself. For instance, if you have an allergy to cow’s milk, your immune system identifies cow’s milk as an invader or allergen. Your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. Each type of IgE has a specific “radar” for each type of allergen.
If the immune system is decreased because it is busy working on a reaction to food it cannot properly recognize other threats. If you are not sure if food intolerances are an issue you can contact our medical clinic to be tested.