Updated: Mar 3, 2020
Food sensitivities are not to be confused with an food allergies or an intolerance. A sensitivity is a hypersensitive response to a food that normally your body should not be reacting to. These symptoms can often times show up hours or days after consuming the food. A sensitivity is also dose dependent, meaning that the severity of the symptoms depends on how much of that food you ate.
A food allergy is is an immune response that involves a release of histamine. This occurs very soon after that food is consumed.
A food intolerance is when we lack a specific enzyme to break down the food, causing unwanted symptoms. Symptoms may include any combination of the following: Fatigue Bloating Difficulty sleeping Excess mucus production Gas Diarrhea Mood swings Bladder control issues Reflux Excessive sweating Headache Swelling Dark circles under the eyes Joint Pain Anxiety Skin Issues, such as acne or dry skin Nasal drip or congestion Irritable bowel Nausea Dizziness
Poor diet, stress, medications, extreme exercise, and environmental toxins can all contribute to leaky gut, or intestinal permeability. This means that your intestines are leaking nutrients through to your blood stream and your body is attacking those nutrients that shouldn’t be there. Addressing those listed causes can also improve symptoms and your gut health. And of course, if you have any dietary concerns please reach out to a dietitian.