Having issues when you eat certain foods? You could be suffering from a food intolerance, or a food allergy. However, there is a lot of controversy when it comes to both of these topics. With things like Celiac Disease being more new on the medical docket, some people believe it’s not a factual illness (but those suffering know it can be extremely painful and intolerable).
There are some common food types that people are often allergic to. These are milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. Some people may not have a food allergy, but may still have issues digesting certain foods, like those suffering from lactose intolerance (something found in many dairy products).
As far as food intolerances go, lactose intolerance is probably one of the most common issues. Some people believe that humans aren’t meant to drink the milk of another animal, and that they don’t need milk when they reach a certain age, although the USDA suggested meals would say different. Milk contains things like calcium, which helps build strong bones and may help prevent illnesses like osteoporosis in older folks.
If you are experiencing issues with milk, there are dairy alternatives out there, some that still contain cow’s milk even, that can help you out. If you are allergic to milk, in general, you may want to try something like soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, or even cashew milk. Plus, it seems many people who are lactose intolerant can still get away with eating cheese and yogurt with no annoying side effects.
When it comes to wheat issues, many people are being diagnosed with gluten related issues. Gluten allergies and intolerance generally stem from wheat, rye, and barley. However, some articles online will tell you that you can’t be intolerant to gluten, others say differently. Only you know how your body truly reacts to the food you are eating.
If you have full blown Celiac disease, which can be tested when you are still eating gluten, you could have a variety of symptoms. They can include things like rashes, brain fog, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, joint pain, and even stomach cramps.
When most people think of food allergies, you think of someone’s face blowing up three sizes, or their throat swelling up. You can have a food allergy that is more moderate than these reactions. The best thing is to get tested by your doctor so you can be safe when it comes to eating out or eating foods other people cook for you. Better to be safe than sorry.
Even for some, like a few people with peanut allergies, an allergy can be so bad that simply peanut butter on someone’s breath can cause an allergic reaction. In this case, you should always carry an epipen with you, and make sure someone with you knows how to use it.