Food intolerance

November 12, 2012

Food intolerance

Food intolerance is a fairly common condition, which affects a great number of people. There are a number of different types and causes of food intolerance.

Wheat

Wheat is one of the most common forms of food intolerance and when consumed causes symptoms such as stomach cramping, bloating and wind. With these people in mind, there is now a number of wheat free products available that make considerable difference to those who have trouble eating wheat. Even many breads and pizza can now be purchased wheat free.

Milk

Intolerance to milk can cause many difficulties as so man food products contain dairy. There is a particular protein contained in milk that triggers a reaction similar to an allergy. Symptoms include sinusitis, asthma, eczema and fatigue and those people who lack the enzyme required to break down the sugars in milk may experience bloating, diarrhea and constipation. Furthermore individuals with a weak digestive system can also react badly to milk and can experience headaches, cramps and increased irritability after consuming milk. Other people wake up feeling as though they are getting a cold or feel congested. Anyone who regularly experiences these symptoms should cut out all dairy products for a period of time to see if they improve. There are substitutions to milk that can be made so that the diet doesn’t have to change too radically. Soymilk is a good alternative as is rice milk, both of which can be used and consumed in the same way as cow’s milk. There are also a number of options for different cheeses such as goat’s cheese of buffalo Mozzarella.

Sugar

Another form of food intolerance is the lack of glucose to the brain caused by a diet high in sugar. In this condition you crave sugar and sweet things regularly and may suffer from symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and a general feeling of being disconnected. It is also common to suffer from regular fungal infections such as thrush and athletes foot. Wherever possible try to avoid foods that are high in sugar. This includes cereals, fruit concentrates and even some fruits. Oranges, melons and grapes all have high sugar levels and cutting these items out of the diet can help to improve symptoms. Reducing the amount of alcohol consumed can also have a positive effect.

Eat more good bacteria

Food intolerance can also be caused through taking a lot of antibiotics. Whilst they work effectively to kill of bad bacteria, they often destroy many good bacteria in the process and this can lead to a weakened immune system. Increase your intake of good bacteria, which can be found in certain yoghurts as well as Acidophilus tablets. A food diet full of natural and organic products will also help you to avoid food intolerances as generally the healthier you are the better your body will be able to digest different substances.

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