This points out to the body’s incapability to digest some contents thus experiencing different clinical features of the effects caused by those foods which if severe makes one to seek medical help. It is not IgEinduced and varies from allergic food reactions. This makes it to take time before occurring and one can present symptoms after about four hours while others are delayed up to day two after ingesting the meal due to differences in immunity among individuals.
Food intolerance is thus a pathological response that is tough even for medics to determine the nutrients that elicit various reactions in one‘s body. Without taking thorough history or using shortcuts one is likely to misdiagnose it with its differentials where the leading is food allergy, malaria and sepsis of the body system. In this condition good history of presenting illness, review of system and physical examination is needed.
Its presentation includes asthma, slow peristalsis , unprojectile cough that is also not productive, fever and migraines. It also presents with diarrhea,present or absent history of vomiting and nausea. The largest body organ which is the skin is not excluded as one can present with rashes, acne vulgaries, urticaria and edema at the site of sting or injection with a lot of more soluble proteins which the body is incapable of tolerating
Its causes can be genetic as in inborn errors of metabolism where infants are born missing some varies amino acids or their amino acids not built properly thus having deficiency of enzymes and those enzymes lacking makes it difficult as their role cannot be performed. The most common enzymes that mostly lacks include lactose and fructose. This makes the children have difficulties in feeding, lose weight and some have growth retardation. It can also be caused by chemicals in in iatrogenic compounds and in nutrients we feed on. When the antibodies also fights the body’s antigens produced by the same individual it can also lead to food intolerance.
The condition is not age specific but there are those individuals who are highly predisposed to developing food intolerance especially if one comes from families where their relatives have had the same problem, women before menopause who have their periods that chances the balance of the hormones in the body and use contraceptives methods that also causes body imbalance of hormones. Those who eat huge amounts of meals containing nutrients that their body cannot put up with also develop intolerance reactions.
A diagnosis of food intolerance can be done by testing IgG levels in blood which shows amount of the antigen produced and thisquantifies the amount of IgG antibodies produced to certain types of food elements. This information will be used by the client selectively ingesting the specific food each at a period of 21 days to confirm the accuracy of the results and avoid them if the results turns to be true of which its about 90% probability of them being factual.
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