The ALCAT test is the most effective food intolerance test available, identifying your cellular reactions to over 350 different foods, chemicals, and herbs.
A food intolerance is much more common than food allergies and is characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues. A food allergy triggers the immune system, while a food intolerance does not.
It has been stated that upwards of 70-80% of the US population has food intolerance. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause.
What are the signs and symptoms of a food intolerance?
What are the causes of a food intolerance?
It can be difficult to determine whether the patient has a food intolerance or allergy, because often signs and symptoms overlap. When it is an allergy even small amounts result in symptoms, as may be the case with peanuts, according to James Li, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic allergy specialist. With a food intolerance trace amounts will usually have no effect. Doctors can also test for Immunoglobin E (IgE) antibodies. A symptom is something the sufferer feels and describes, such as pain or discomfort, while a sign is something others can detect, such as a rash. The symptoms of a food intolerance generally take longer to emerge, compared to food allergies.
Onset typically occurs several hours after ingesting the offending food or compound and may persist for several hours or days. In some cases symptoms may take 48 hours to emerge.
Some people are intolerant to several groups of foods, making it harder for doctors to determine whether it might be a chronic illness or a food intolerance. Identifying which foods are culprits can take a long time.