Intolerance or Allergy

An upsurge of food intolerances in recent years and the explosion of gluten and dairy free products in supermarkets, combined with an increase in digestive health issues, have led many people to question their diet. People are now wondering if they are allergic or intolerant to certain foods. This can be a confusing subject. In order to know whether you are intolerant or allergic to certain foods or antigens, it is important to understand the difference between the two.

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Food intolerances have a delayed response and generally happen over a period of time from hours to days. They mainly affect the skin and intestines. They are generally known as IgA or IgG immune responses. Conversely, food allergies have an immediate reaction and are known as IgE immune response.

When certain types of foods are consumed the body makes different types of Immunoglobulin (antibodies). These are antibodies that help the body to mount an immune system response.  Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system to fight antigens such as bacteria, virus and toxins.

8 most common foods that cause intolerance/allergic response:

  • Cows milk / dairy (most common in babies)
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Shellfish
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, macadamias)

Whether it’s an intolerance or allergy, bio kinesiology will determine the offending foods, toxins or antigens that are causing your problems and provide a treatment plan that will set you on the road to recovery.

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