Food Sensitivities & Food Intolerances


Food sensitivities and food intolerances are such common concerns, most people believe they are intolerant / sensitive to at least one type of food. It’s important to note the difference between a food allergy and food sensitivity / intolerance.

Food allergy is involved with your immune system (IgE) raising histamine levels in the body and causing a wide variety of symptoms depending on the severity.

Food sensitivity / Food intolerance – mostly results in an inflammatory reaction in the gut. This may further cause bloating, general discomfort, diarrhea and loose stools. It can be accompanied by low energy, brain fog, headaches, asthma and lung conditions as well as skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. Inflammation is important to treat because once it starts in the gut, it can spread in the body. Hence why symptoms can be so broad, depending on the severity.

food sensitivites and intolerances causing bloating and pain

Diagnosing

This is such a common concern, most people believe they are intolerant / sensitive to at least one type of food. It’s important to note the difference between a food allergy and food sensitivity / intolerance. Food allergy is involved with your immune system (IgE) raising histamine levels in the body and causing a wide variety of symptoms depending on the severity.

Food sensitivity / Food intolerance – mostly results in an inflammatory reaction in the gut. This may further cause bloating, general discomfort, diarrhea and loose stools. It can be accompanied by low energy, brain fog, headaches, asthma and lung conditions as well as skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. Inflammation is important to treat because once it starts in the gut, it can spread in the body. Hence why symptoms can be so broad, depending on the severity.


The importance of treating it

It’s important to know what your body is sensitive to and what causes inflammation because food sensitivity is associated with many conditions, here are some of the top ones that link to it.

  • Asthma , nasal congestion and other lung conditions
  • Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rashes, psoriasis
  • Joint pain and inflammation with swelling and stiffness
  • Abdominal discomfort such as pain, cramps, bloating, gas and diarrhea
  • Anxiety and mood changes
  • Headaches, foggy brain, fatigue
  • ADHD and focus difficulties 


Treatment & Solution to Food Sensitivities

Treatment includes optimizing your nutrition and figuring out which foods are food allergies, which foods are intolerances and which are sensitivities. While its important to prevent further inflammation, Dr. Tali always addresses the current inflammation state as its important to treat the inflammation that is already present in your gut. It is also important to heal the gut lining from all of the previous ‘damage’. She uses a well researched evidence based approach that is individualized to your needs and body that also addresses your other linked conditions mentioned above.

Can you heal and get rid of food sensitivities? Please refer to Leaky Gut Syndrome. This completely depends on why you are having these sensitivities in the first place. Most of the time its lack of enzymes – which can be easily addressed.

Once you are exposed to inflammation in your body, its easy to become more sensitive to more foods. While addressing the underlined cause which may co-exist together with your food sensitivities, some other food sensitivities can be healed in the process. This is very individualized. For example, SIBO patients are sensitive to specific foods, so by treating SIBO, we can address the sensitivities that have emerged with it.

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Dr. Tali Troyansky is a Naturopathic Doctor that is licensed, board certified and in good standing with The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). She is also a professional member of The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) as well as The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). Dr. Tali completed her Doctorate of Naturopathy at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Currently she practices in Toronto, Vaughan, Thornhill and Markham.