What exactly is an intolerance or sensitivity?
An intolerance is the body’s inability to digest an item properly, whether this is a food intolerance or an environmental factor (a non-food intolerance). Intolerances can occur due to a number of reasons, the two most common are:
1. The body is lacking the necessary digestive enzymes(s) for the certain food and therefore cannot digest the item properly or efficiently take the nutrients from it.
2. A sensitivity resulting from over-consumption or overexposure. Many symptoms are the result of a sensitivity to a particular item. A sensitivity can occur from over-consumption or overexposure of an item.
IgG4 food sensitivities are generally less severe than IgE food allergies and typical symptoms can include; headaches and nausea, seizures and hyperactivity. These may occur hours or even days after the offending food has been ingested. The degree and severity of symptoms vary because of the genetic makeup of the individual. IgG4 food sensitivities are generally treated by removing problem foods from the diet and by helping digestion with probiotics.
By comparison, an intolerance is not as severe and immediate as an allergy. These symptoms come on gradually; anything from 30 minutes up to a 48 hours later. Symptoms such as headaches, bloating, localized itching or skin irritations such as eczema, excessive mucous production, excessive gas, diarrhea, and fatigue.