Food sensitivities are often confused with food allergies, but they are actually very different. A food allergy causes an immune system reaction that (usually immediately) affects organs in the body. It can be mild to severe, and sometimes even life-threatening, causing a variety of symptoms anywhere from hives to anaphylaxis.
On the other hand, food sensitivity is usually a delayed reaction to certain foods and the symptoms are less serious. The symptoms can be everything from a runny nose to behavioral issues to dark circles under the eyes to eczema and can appear up to 36 hours after ingesting the food.
Since food sensitivities can take days to cause any visible reactions, it can make them difficult to diagnose. Determining a food sensitivity can dramatically change your life by helping with symptoms such as migraines, bloating, indigestion, eczema, acne, fatigue, or joint pain.
It’s important to know that just because you’ve tested negative to food allergies, doesn’t mean certain food groups aren’t still causing your symptoms! So find a local integrative doctor or learn how to conduct your own elimination diet to get the root cause of your issues.