Does Food Make You Sick?

Does Food Make You Sick?Eating is a life sustainable activity – we need to eat in order to live. Have you experiences strange symptoms after eating certain types of foods? Symptoms like getting itchy, breaking out in hives, swelling up, feeling bloated, cramping, having diarrhea or actually vomiting? Chances are high that you might suffer from a food allergy or intolerance.

Food allergies and intolerances have increased over the last decades, and it is estimated that over 6 million children in the US alone suffer from food allergies. Most food allergy reactions are caused by the main 8 allergenic foods: milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. Intolerances against lactose (the sugar in milk), gluten, fructose and histamine are spreading.

If you feel (or fear) that you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance go and see your doctor. If it is an allergy your doctor will send you to an allergist. Your allergist will perform a patch test to determine the exact cause of allergic reactions. This will be the guideline you use as you develop a diet based around your food allergies.

If the doctor suspects a food intolerance she/he will send you to an gastroenterologist. This kind of doctor is specialized on the stomach and intestines. Depending on what the intolerance might be he will do different tests. Again you will get guidelines on what you have to avoid in the future.

Food Allergies and Intolerances: 8 tips to be prepared

Does Food Make You Sick?Living with a food allergy, a food intolerance or a food related autoimmun disease like celiac disease can life make a pain. We always have to ask if the food is safe – and the feeling of being insecure still lingers deep within us even though we were told the food was safe to eat. Of course, it is only in rare cases that someone is actually dying from a food allergy, but it happens. And even if we don’t die from it, the consequences of eating the wrong food can be more than unpleasant. I remember the last time I got glutened: I felt sick for 4 weeks in a row including troubles with sleeping and severe mood swings. Nope, no fun at all.

  1. The best way to cope with food intolerances and allergies is to be prepared. Here are 8 tips how you can prepare yourself!
  2. If you are allergic and have already experienced a severe food allergy attack or you know from testing that you are high at risk, ask your physician about a self-injecting epinephrine to keep with you for emergencies. This could save your life!
  3. When dining out, ask the waiter if the food you’re about to order contains the ingredients that might cause an allergic reaction.
  4. Keep a list of the foods you’re allergic to with you in your wallet or purse as a reminder when dining out.
  5. Check food labels and labels on drinks and condiments while grocery shopping to be sure it’s safe before eating.
  6. Have all your medical emergency information with you in one place along with your identification. This could be in your wallet as well as on your phone with a specialized apps. This way in case of emergency doctors will know how to diagnose and treat you when they arrive.
  7. If you are histamine intolerant then you should always have anti-histamine tablets in your purse or bag.
  8. If you are lactose intolerant always have lactase pills with you – but they only help if you take before the meal.
  9. If you react with diarrhea you should always carry anti-diarrheal agents with you, so you are not stuck on a restaurant toilet.

Even if you will never need any of the above – it will give you a peace of mind, because you know that in a case of emergency you are prepared.