ALLERGY, INTOLERANCE OR SENSITIVITY!

Proper nutrition is important for both the child and the adult in maintaining a good health status and an appropriate weight during life. Each food substance provides the body with nutrients important for growth, repair and other cellular functions. But what if consuming an essential food substance causes you certain signs and symptoms that make you decide to eliminate that substance from diet? Is it food allergy, food intolerance or simply sensitivity?

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Watch out for the Gluten sensitivity!

So you are pretty sure that you have no food allergies or intolerances, and you tried eliminating as many substances from your diet as you could, yet you develop some signs and symptoms after eating that you can’t find good explanation for like abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhea or constipation and many others. Have you thought about gluten sensitivity! What is gluten anyway? Gluten is simply one of the wheat proteins. Unfortunately, since wheat is used in the making of a huge variety of food and non-food products consumed daily like bread and pastries, pastas, soup, hotdogs, some cosmetics and bath products, etc., eliminating all the gluten-containing products from your life is not the best option. If you are looking for more answers, pay us a visit and learn more on how to manage gluten sensitivity without depriving yourself from all the good stuff around you.

Parents beware!

With kids growing up, they tend to try new foods every day at school or with their friends. So, try to monitor your kid’s diet closely and introduce new foods with you being around to observe for any strange reaction. Your child might be allergic without you even knowing! Check our pediatric nutrition services, and contact us for more details.

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Plan ahead and free yourself!

We are all familiar with the term food allergy; that is when a certain type of food is seen by your immune system as a harmful substance and attacks it, hence an allergic reaction shows. Signs and symptoms of allergic reaction range from rash and swelling of lips and face to an anaphylactic shock defined by swelling of the tongue, difficulty breathing, dizziness and cough and even death if untreated. When you discover you are allergic to a certain substance like strawberries, bananas, chocolate, nuts or others, you automatically eliminate that substance completely from your diet. However, this can be quite frustrating especially if you are allergic to different food substances not just one. The act of eating can become really stressful and annoying since you have to read the food label of the supermarket products before buying any. You will also have to review the ingredients of the meal before ordering it in a restaurant. The restriction process itself can put you in a poor health status since you deprive your body from what can be essential to its normal functioning. Exhausting, right? Wouldn’t be easier if you knew what to order if you are dinning out and how to choose from hundreds of products at the supermarket? Wouldn’t it be best if you had your menu planned with substitutes for what you cannot eat? If you like what you are reading, consult one of our allergy dietitians who can educate you on how to deal with your allergies, inform you about what to eat and what not to eat and plan with you a nutritionally balanced and enjoyable diet.

Food intolerance, what is that?

Food intolerance is rather simple. It is when your digestive system cannot digest a certain type of food due to an enzyme deficiency or other factors. This intolerance often presents itself by abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, or other related digestive system disturbances. It is quite different from food allergies since the signs and symptoms are not very clear, and there are no reliable tests to diagnose it! Only when the symptoms are repeated with the same type of food that you might start noticing that something is wrong. Developing intolerance can be gradual. It can also be dependent on the quantity of that food that you eat. So, unlike food allergies, you don’t have to stop eating that specific substance, you might just need to cut back or avoid it in your diet and replacing it with a substitute to maintain a healthy balanced diet. If you are feeling lost, we are here to help you.