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Dr. Gabriel Niles
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Food Intolerance (Overview)

Sensitivity means allergy. Intolerance means something else - usually an inability to digest a component of the food in question. If you are intolerant to cow's milk it could be because you can't digest milk sugar also called lactose. That is called lactose intolerance which is due to lack of an enzyme that digests the milk sugar. The enzyme is called lactase.


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Should children be tested for food intolerance?

Should children be tested for food intolerance?

No: As opposed to true food allergy, food intolerance is not well understood or characterized. The best example is lactose intolerance. The mechanism causing food intolerance is not thought to be via the immune system, but often more of a toxicity, or like lactose intolerance, an enzyme deficiency. Other than eliminating and retrying the food, there are no tests, specifically no skin or blood tests. ...Read more

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Dr. Gabriel Niles
197 doctors shared insights

Food Intolerance (Overview)

Sensitivity means allergy. Intolerance means something else - usually an inability to digest a component of the food in question. If you are intolerant to cow's milk it could be because you can't digest milk sugar also called lactose. That is called lactose intolerance which is due to lack of an enzyme that digests the milk sugar. The enzyme is called lactase.


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Symptoms of food intolerance?

Any related to food: Any symptoms that are uncomfortable associated with eating a food can be called a food intolerance. The term intolerance does not specify a particular cause. Commonly those symptoms which are not related to a food allergy are considered an intolerance. ...Read more

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Could flatulance be a sign of a food intolerance?

Could flatulance be a sign of a food intolerance?

Yes: Beans are well known to cause flatulence. Yes some food intolerance can cause gassiness as your body is not digesting it well. Try enzymes with your meals. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with lots of food intolerances (using an ELISA food panel). Other than feeling bad, what happens to my body when i eat them?

I have been diagnosed with lots of food intolerances (using an ELISA food panel). Other than feeling bad, what happens to my body when i eat them?

Inflammation &stress: Food allergies can cause virtually any symptom: headaches, muscle, joint & abdominal pains, anxiety, depression, palpitations & fatigue. Antibodies react to food proteins in your body causing an inflammatory response that can contribute to arthritis, cardiovascular disease& osteoporosis, accelerates aging & stresses adrenals.By avoiding allergenic foods & treating candidiasis, intolerances go away. ...Read more

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Treating Food Poisoning (Checklist)

Go to ER/call Poison Control Center for antidote for serious cases
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If you're vomiting nonstop, go to the ER
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If you have diarrhea, eat something to stop water loss
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If you have excess dehydration, go to the ER for IV fluids
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What is the diet elimination test for food intolerance?

What is the diet elimination test for food intolerance?

See below: In food intolerance, an individual is intolerant to one or more specific types of food. This can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, or malabsorption. Diet elimination means systematically eliminating specific foods from the diet to see if symptoms improve. After several trials with different foods, symptoms may improve indicating that food is the offending agent. ...Read more

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What are initial tests for food intolerances?

What are initial tests for food intolerances?

Good history: Food intolerances come in many varieties and the first step in the investigation is taking a good history. Depending on the findings from history and physical findings, tests may include, examination of stool, exclusion of food, blood tests for allergy markers and nutritional deficiencies. See this site for more info.http://www.webmd.com/allergies/foods-allergy-intolerance. ...Read more

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What to eat if you have food intolerance ?And which foods does not cause intolerance ?

What to eat if you have food intolerance ?And which foods does not cause intolerance ?

Individual issue: Food intolerance is a food & person specific issue.Some have none, 1 or many. Sometimes it is a seasoning rather than the food. Trial & error is the only way they are identified. A high number of people develop lactose intolerance & this can be transient or lifelong. Individuals can also develop a food allergy which can occur to any food & have symptoms similar to intolerance. ...Read more

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Will having a case of campylabactor cause food intolerances?

Will having a case of campylabactor cause food intolerances?

Yes: I believe it can. An intestinal infection can upset the flora balance and that can lead to temporary inability to properly digest some foods. You may find that taking probiotics like florastor (to bind the bad bacteria) and culturelle or the like (to repopulate good bacteria) are helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more