The foods we use to fuel our bodies are a major player in our overall health. Our bodies use food as medicine to either help feed our health or amplify disease. While it is common knowledge to avoid junk foods, beyond that, everybody reacts to food differently. While one healthy food may flare up one person, it may act as a great medicine for another. This phenomenon may be due to one of several reasons. Food allergies, food intolerances, and food sensitivities can all affect how each body reacts to different foods.
Food allergies are a severe response, involving the immune system. An allergic reaction may cause rashes, swelling, hives, itching, and even difficulty breathing which may lead to death.
Food intolerances, however, don’t involve the immune system and only happen when the body can’t digest, or is irritated by, certain foods. These typically results from an enzyme deficiency.
Food sensitivities resemble intolerances, but their bases may be unclear and they may have a delayed reaction. Intolerances and food sensitivities may lead to bloating, runny nose, migraines, inflammation, brain fog, stomach ache, flu symptoms, and IBS.
According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 90% of all food allergies come from peanuts, wheat, fish, hen’s eggs, cow’s milk, shellfish, and soy. The eight ways to find out if you have food sensitivities is to eliminate these eight foods from your diet. Here are some examples of elements of these foods that cause health related issues.
There is a common sensitivity to gluten, which is in wheat, that begins with a simple sensitivity and ends in celiac disease. Meaning, there is a large spectrum on which one’s wheat issues may fall. Tests can be done to determine a wheat sensitivity, but an elimination diet also helps to reveal the truth.
While an egg has many nutrients, it is also a common problem for people. The egg white is usually more immunoreactive than the egg yolk. Albumin is the protein in the egg white that is able to pass through the lining of the intestines if you suffer from a leaky gut, which can cause inflammation.