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Medicine For Food Intolerance
How much progress can a non-specifically ill patient make with functional/alternative medicine things (like food intolerance, custom vitamins, etc)? Or, do non-specifically ill patients have things wrong with them outside scope of any 2016 medicine?
No clear diagnosis: Not having clarity on what is happening w/your health can be very frustrating. If you are asking about seeing a functional medicine doc, nutritionist integrative medicine doc, or the like, please do so. One size does not fit all and it takes detective work to find the root cause of symptoms many time. Nutritional panels (Spectracell lab) and food sensitivity testing (Great Plains lab) good. ...Read more
Smart eating: The best treatment for a specific food intolerance is avoidance of the specific food. This can require reading labels on processed items to be sure. For some items, like the milk sugar lactose intolerance, the deficient enzyme can be supplied as a supplement, "lactaid" can reduce symptoms or eliminate them. ...Read more
Food intolerance: Food intolerance is a generic term that has had its meaning morphed over time. Food intolerance is any food that a person cannot tolerate. This can be due to allergies, enzyme deficiencies (like lactase deficiency), medication interactions (tetracyclines and milk), uncomfortable feelings (green pepper causing gastic reflux), and somatic (beans causing 'excessive' flatulence). These are just exampl. ...Read more
Food intolerance: The usual way to determine food intolerance is to go on an elimination diet for several weeks, followed by gradual reintroduction of foods suspected of causing digestive or other issues. Then you see how your body responds to each food. There are many ways to go about this, but an integrative medicine physician can help you. Commonly offending foods include gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy. ...Read more
Elimination of foods:
The best, least expensive, and most reliable way is to remove something from your diet for a week or two...See how you feel...Then reintroduce it and see if you feel worse.
You can also get allergy testing...Which will tell you if you have acute histamine related allergies (like hives, trouble breathing). There is another path for food intolerance that is hard to test for. Look at alcat. Com test. ...Read more
Only you: If a food bothers you in any manner from whatever mechanism, it is a food intolerance. This is different from food allergy which may lead to symptoms as mild as just an itchy mouth or throat, to gastrointestinal upset, and even anaphylaxis. Most food reactions are associated with itchy or hives on the skin as well. ...Read more
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
Actual consumption: Lab tests and scratch tests may say you are allergic on paper, but in reality have no symptoms when ingesting the food. However, actual ingestion of suspect foods should only be done in an allergist's office where they can assess the response, check vital signs, and intervene if there is a severe reaction. Don't try this at home! ...Read more
Food intolerance: A food intolerance is any reaction to a food that I can't explain physiologically for you. You have symptoms, but I as your allergist cannot prove that they are due to a classic allergic reaction, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, a previous gallbladder operation, a viral infection, food poisonong or anything else that we do understand. It's vague, but means you don't feel good when you eat it. ...Read more
Food intolerance: Some foods don't agree with everyone. If your body does not make the natural chemicals to break down a food, you may not digest it well. This can cause nausea, stomach cramps, gas, diarrhea or vomiting. An allergy reaction may cause hives or swelling. You may need to avoid that food for a while (or sometimes longer). Some people will grow out of these problems and can have those foods again. ...Read more
Not an allergy: 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. ...Read more
Food intolerance: Symptoms of food intolerance are widely variable between people, and the foods themselves. There can be belly cramps, nausea, diarrhea, belching, body aches and pains, dizziness, rashes, difficulty with memory & concentration, etc. There can be days between eating a problematic food and perceptible symptoms, so diagnosing can be confusing. Integrative or functional medicine physicians can help. ...Read more
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
Can you tell me if I have a food intolerance, how long does it take for my body to react to the food my intolerant to?
Food intolerance: Your body could react in minutes to hours ...Read more
Can you tell me if you have a food intolerance, how long does it take for your body to react to the food your intolerant to?
Varies: Intolerance can be a minor reaction in some with minor gas or cramping over a several day period. If or when it is a true food allergy, it could begin as soon is the material touches your lips. Some people can ingest food that they are intolerant to over decades and never realize it is happening. ...Read more