Peanut / Food Allergies plus intolerances
Peanut / Food Allergies – We hear so much these days about allergies to food, sensitivity to foods, intolerances for food, celiac disease (intolerance to gluten) and on and on. These reports are confusing as is everything we read about as we explore being well or trying to be well. Are allergies increasing? Or are intolerances and sensitivities increasing? Or are we aware of how we feel and want to take charge and understand our bodies as much as possible more than ever?
It’s pretty common to have a reaction to a certain food, but in most cases it is intolerance rather than a true allergy. Although food allergies can be more serious and even life threatening, food sensitivities and intolerances can greatly affect our quality of life.
Clues to help you figure out if it is an allergy or intolerance are that food allergies usually come on suddenly. Even small amounts of the food can trigger a reaction. The reaction happens every time you eat the food. The reaction can be life threatening.
Food allergies and intolerances both can cause nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting. When a food irritates your stomach or your body can’t properly digest it, that’s intolerance. You may also have gas, cramps, or bloating, heartburn, headaches, irritability and/or nervousness with intolerance to foods.
These triggers cause about 90% of food allergies: Peanuts, Tree nuts (such as walnuts, pecans and almonds), Fish, Shellfish, Milk, Eggs, Soy and Wheat. If you have a food allergy, you’ll need to stop eating the food altogether. A food allergy happens when your immune system mistakes something in food as harmful and attacks it. It can affect your whole body, not just your stomach. Symptoms may include rash, hives, or itchy skin, shortness of breath, chest pain, sudden drop in blood pressure and trouble swallowing or breathing. These are life threatening symptoms. You must call 911 immediately.
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