Managing Food Intolerances

Many of us live with food intolerances. In fact, in the UK alone, there are believed to be over 2 million people suffering with one and sadly, a great deal of those don’t even know they have a problem. However, the good news is that there are ways to find out, and also effective methods to manage the issue.

Knowing Where the Trouble Lies

‘Intolerance’ and ‘Allergy’ have become quite interchangeable in modern parlance and it is easy to see how some people confuse the two, as some of the symptoms are quite similar. You can quickly identify your own individual issues by taking an affordable and effective IgE and IgG4 blood analysis test for just £99 by visiting www.lifelabtesting.com or for a slower way, you could keep a food diary.

By tracking your exact food intake and noting precisely when adverse effects are experienced, it will soon narrow down where your problems lie. Some adverse reactions to offending foods can occur slowly over time, which will show as a general trend and can also be picked up with this kind of self-monitoring.

Plan for Your Daily Life

Once you have identified the food you are intolerant to, it really helps to have a plan for how you’re going to avoid it. It’s a relatively easy task when at home, but can become more difficult when you’re out and about, especially if you’re going to a restaurant where you’ll not have full control of what goes into what you’re eating. Bread, dairy and potatoes are particularly difficult to completely eliminate when away from home, as many pre-prepared foods contain them.

If you know what restaurant you are going to be visiting, an effective step to take is to call them and ask what options you have to side-step the food that affects you. Often, there are set options on the menu dedicated to those with exactly this kind of problem, so go and find out!

How Long to Avoid Foods?

The question of how long to avoid particular foodstuffs will vary greatly from person to person and on the severity of the intolerance. Sometimes intolerances lie in foods that are a favourite of the individual in question and complete avoidance is not preferred. In this case, you’ll get a feel for how long to cut it out for by adopting a trial and error method.

A good rule of thumb is to wait until the symptoms disappear and then try a little, to see how much of the effects return. From this point, it is just matter of self-regulation, driven by the severity of the reactions.

What Causes an Intolerance?

Intolerances to foods don’t concern the immune system and are triggered by a deficiency in a certain type of enzyme that performs the job of process that exact food type, so they don’t normally present in the same way allergies do. Intolerances to gluten and lactose are caused in precisely this way.

Foods rich in histamine can be another source of food intolerance and can often be caused by consuming processed meats, cheeses and wine. The effects of this kind of problem can be reduced by taking diamine oxidase supplements, which are known as an effective way to mitigate any discomfort caused.

In Summary

The effects of food intolerances are largely avoidable and the first step to dealing with yours is to identify it. Whether it’s via www.lifelabtesting.com or using your own self-monitoring, the sooner you take action, the sooner you’ll be free of the unpleasant reactions that come with food intolerances.