Eating is a life sustainable activity – we need to eat in order to live. Have you experiences strange symptoms after eating certain types of foods? Symptoms like getting itchy, breaking out in hives, swelling up, feeling bloated, cramping, having diarrhea or actually vomiting? Chances are high that you might suffer from a food allergy or intolerance.
Food allergies and intolerances have increased over the last decades, and it is estimated that over 6 million children in the US alone suffer from food allergies. Most food allergy reactions are caused by the main 8 allergenic foods: milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. Intolerances against lactose (the sugar in milk), gluten, fructose and histamine are spreading.
If you feel (or fear) that you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance go and see your doctor. If it is an allergy your doctor will send you to an allergist. Your allergist will perform a patch test to determine the exact cause of allergic reactions. This will be the guideline you use as you develop a diet based around your food allergies.
If the doctor suspects a food intolerance she/he will send you to an gastroenterologist. This kind of doctor is specialized on the stomach and intestines. Depending on what the intolerance might be he will do different tests. Again you will get guidelines on what you have to avoid in the future.