Food Allergies and Intolerances

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If you suffer from either allergies or intolerance to certain foods, you’ll know how miserable life can become. Having to think about everything that your system comes into contact with, whether through eating or other contact, can seem like an exhausting, overwhelming task.

While it’s clearly the case that the food you consume has a huge impact on your physical health, this is naturally doubly so when you’re having to deal with allergies and food intolerances. Having an understanding of your body’s relationship with food is therefore essential if you want to have a healthy and happy life.

Allergies

If you suffer from an allergy, to food or anything else, your body will have a reaction when you come into contact with it, in some cases so extreme as to put your life at risk. Naturally, you will need to establish what it is that you’re having the reaction to, so that you can avoid it. This in itself can be an extremely difficult task, often requiring medical advice, but it is one that will be necessary for your future health.

Once you’ve eliminated the allergy inducing culprit or culprits from your diet, you may then need to pay special attention to the rest of your diet. If your strategy for avoiding an allergic reaction involves eliminating significant food types from your diet, you may be neglecting your body’s need for certain essential vitamins and minerals. This is where sound nutritional advice will come in, and it can be a great help to consult a professional to work out how to maintain a balanced intake of nutrients while avoiding those foods that you’re allergic to.

Intolerance

An intolerance is when your body has an inability to properly process the foods that you’ve consumed. This can be a symptom of an unhealthy diet or just a tendency that your body has with certain types of food. Many people suffer from intolerances to dairy produce, wheat and sugar, but is can be difficult to work out just what it is that you’re intolerant to.

Your digestive system relies on a delicate balance of enzymes in the system that allow it to digest the food that you’ve eaten. As well as meaning that you can’t properly pass these foods through your system, this can mean that your body doesn’t manage to absorb the nutrients in the foods. In other words, it can stop you from getting the goodness from the foods you’re eating, which naturally may have an impact on your overall health.

If you find that a food intolerance is causing you recurrent problems, it can be a great help to speak to a nutritional specialist. A professional can not only give you advice about the intolerance itself and how to handle it, but also in terms of maintaining a healthy, balanced diet in spite of the intolerance.

In general

Sound nutritional advice will involve taking into account the details of your particular issues, and creating a coherent strategy for ensuring that you maintain a healthy relationship with your food.