I feel sick after certain meals but not too sick?

Physical responses to certain food groups are quite common however, most of these responses are mostly caused by food intolerances versus true food allergies. By now you may be asking yourself “what’s the difference”? In fact both a food intolerance and allergy can often produce the same symptoms making them sometimes rather difficult to distinguish between the two however, the two do differ.

A real food allergy will cause the immune system to react in a way that may effect multiple organs of the body as well as produce a variety of symptoms. These reaction may range in severity but can often times even result in fatalities. Food intolerances on the other hand are usually much less severe and confined to symptoms associated only with the digestive tract. You may be able to possibly consume certain amounts of the food you are intolerant to with little to no issues at all however, you would not want to consume a food you are allergic to. Nonetheless both food allergies and intolerances can both produce undesirable symptoms for all.

How can I tell if I have a food allergy or intolerance?

Most food allergies will express themselves in adolescences however it is possible to develop newer allergies in adulthood although it is not as likely. If you consume or come in contact with a food that results in difficulty breathing, itching, swelling, it is likely you are experiencing an allergic reaction to that food. If you’ve noticed you tend to experiencing bloating, nausea, or other digestive issues often when eating certain foods you may have a food intolerance. Food intolerances can be difficult to diagnose especially when you consume a variety of different food groups as it makes it more difficult to find the culprit. If you suspect you may be intolerant to some foods I suggest you visit your doctor who can perform an assessment and perhaps aid with your digestive issues.

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