Food allergies and sensitivities are often at the root of a broad range of health concerns, from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to migraines. Our naturopaths have had excellent results identifying patients’ food allergies or food intolerances in dubai, and helping them eliminate these foods or take a break from them, as necessary. In addition to their symptoms resolving after treatment, patients have reported benefits such as increased energy and improved mood.
Definitions: food allergy vs food intolerance vs celiac disease
People sometimes use the terms ‘food allergy’ and ‘food intolerance’ interchangeably, while others believe they are suffering from celiac disease when, in fact, they might have a wheat allergy or an intolerance to a group of sugars (known as Fodmaps) found in wheat. In truth, the three conditions are very different.
While food intolerance symptoms are often similar to food allergy symptoms, the underlying cause is not the same at all. Food allergies cause an immune system response, such as the release of histamine, which can affect various areas of the body, and can be life-threatening in the case of anaphylaxis. Food intolerance responses, on the other hand, do not involve the immune system, aren’t life threatening and are normally mild, building up over time. Food intolerance symptoms are also often digestion-related (bloating, gas), although they can also include irritability, fatigue, headaches, eczema, water retention, etc.
Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disease affecting about 1% of the world’s population. In this case, the celiac sufferer’s immune system responds to gluten by attacking the lining of the small intestine. The little finger-like nodules, called villi, that line the small intestine promote the absorption of nutrients, so when they are damaged, it becomes difficult for the body to absorb nutrients properly.