Food is our major source of energy and nutrition and good food brings joy and fulfilment to many. But what if one experiences adverse reactions to this fundamental element of our life?
What is Food Sensitivity?3-5
Food sensitivity is an adverse reaction to a food that is not due to an Immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated reaction or an enzyme deficiency. It appears to involve an immune inflammatory reaction and constant activation of the innate immune system may contribute to chronic inflammation.
Other names: “Delayed Food Hypersensitivities”, “Hidden Food Allergies.”
Rashes, Dryness, Scaling (as in Eczema or Psoriasis), Swelling, Thickening
Abdominal pain, Bloating, Constipation, Diarrhea, Indigestion, Irritable Bowel, Nausea, Vomiting
Headaches, Migraines, Memory & Concentration Disturbances, Psychological Disturbances (Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks)
Joint discomfort, Pain, Stiffness, Swelling, Arthritis
Fatigue, Sneezing, Obesity, Diabetes
- When a food is mistaken by the body as a threat, the innate immune system can be activated as “first responder”
- Innate immune cells, primarily neutrophils (the most abundant of white blood cells), undergo certain changes to release pro-inflammatory substances and reactive oxygen species as a defense response
- Repeated activation may lead to chronic inflammation, tissue damage and overburdened immune system, which can contribute to the symptoms associated with food sensitivity
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Note: Symptoms of food allergy and food sensitivity may appear to be similar, so it is important to consult your physician and seek medical advice to rule out IgE-mediated food allergies when assessing for food sensitivities.
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