What is food sensitivity?
Food sensitivity means the difficulty to digest certain food. It causes abnormal and unpleasant symptoms such as swelling and stomach pain which may appear after hours of eating the meal.
Food sensitivity and food allergy are two conditions that are often confused with each other, even occasionally the resulting symptoms are overlapping. To differentiate the two reactions there are important characteristics. Food intolerance can be a difficult concept to understand; sometimes substances in foods can cause specific symptoms (intolerance) or simply increase the frequency and severity of pre-existing conditions such as migraine, hives, or irritable bowel syndrome.
Different people tolerate different amounts of substances causing the symptoms and, in general, larger amounts cause more severe symptoms.
The number of people who believe that they suffer from some food intolerance has increased dramatically in recent years, but it is difficult to determine the exact number.
Finally, it should be noted that food intolerances are not the causes of overweight and obesity because inadequate and unhealthy lifestyles and habits can be considered as the main reasons.
What are the symptoms of food sensitivity?
Food sensitivity is more chronic, less acute, less obvious, and often more difficult to diagnose than a food allergy.
The most common symptoms of food intolerances are:
Skin rash and itching
Nausea and vomiting
Irritability and nervousness.
These symptoms usually appear a few hours after the consumption of poorly tolerated food, unlike allergies that occur more quickly and regardless of the amount of food consumed.
However, the presence of these symptoms is not sufficient to diagnose intolerance as they are common to many other digestive conditions.
Is there a food intolerance test?
There are no examinations or tests for food intolerances that have any scientific basis, except for a few specific exceptions such as lactose and gluten intolerance.
Generally, we proceed in two steps:
1. Food diary: You can try to write a food diary in which you identify:
The food that has been consumed
The symptoms that have appeared
The times of appearance.
2. Elimination diet: When you have a good idea of the foods that could cause discomfort, you can try to exclude them from the diet one at a time and observe the effect.
It is generally tested by suspending the consumption of a type of food for a period of time varying from 2 to 6 weeks in order to evaluate the possible improvement of the symptoms. Then, you can proceed to the reintroduction of the food to verify if the symptoms appear again.
It is recommended to carry out these tests under medical supervision so that you can avoid the risk of dangerous deficiencies. It is important to highlight that you should not limit children's diet for any reason without consulting a pediatrician.
Among the few scientifically validated tests related to food sensitivity, we can offer you a breath test for lactose and fructose intolerance and genetic tests to detect alcohol intolerance in the best clinics and hospitals in Turkey, Bursa, Istanbul, and Izmir.
On the other hand, other numerous examinations of intolerances can be provided such as:
Kinesiology muscle testing
What is the price in Turkey and Istanbul?
There are different types of tests of food intolerances and with a variable price. When it comes to intolerance, it can be confusing with allergies. Intolerances should be considered adverse reactions to certain foods, the response of which comes directly from the gut, which receives some foods as potentially toxic and then triggers an inflammatory reaction. As a result, you have symptoms of different kinds, which can be avoided by carrying on a proper diet. For the diagnosis of the disorder, there are some reliable tests that can be provided by Turquie santé.