Allergy? Intolerance? Sensitivity?
Have you noticed that the speed of a negative body or behavior response to anything usually is the largest determining factor too diagnose nearly everything? And it is also, the biggest factor in determining the safety of most things? Weather it’s the chemicals on your food, the pollution in the air, hives on your skin, or even in many cases, the level of someone’s inappropropriateness. It’s true! Especially among adults.
So, with that said. Here are the definitions and info on each. With a link below it, you may read.
First off, many don’t see an allergy, intolerance, or a food sensitivity as different. If you need an umbrella term talking to those who know no difference and you aren’t explaining to them the differences. Just say your allergic, if you have an intolerance, or food sensitivitie(s). Otherwise, at a restaurant you’ll have an added headache possibly of explaining more, or worse. Which is humiliating and unappreciated. In writing, sometimes intolerances are combined with sensitive writing as well. To make things seam simpler and easier to comprehend. But, there ARE differences. Here is how I see them. And too some degree many that know the differences, sometimes also can see it.
Allergy– it can be, and most of the time is the quickest to immediate to start. The quickest too notice, of the three. The easiest too diagnose. And the most predictable. On a scientific level it may be the only one of the 3, with immune deficiency involvement. On a medical level it’s defiantly the most concerning. Some however, allow some people to outgrow them if they are treated early enough, and it’s properly treated.
An intolerance on the other hand is often established as an adult and isn’t necessarily at all associated with any other disorder. It is the lack of your body not producing enough enzymes or using something inproperly in your digestive track, whatever it is your intolerant too. You don’t outgrow this, but, you likely won’t have it young, either.
IBD or sensitivities on the other hand are the most unpredictable of the three. There the most complex. Unlike the other two, (which is the individual who gets only an allergy/intolerance) someone with a sensitivity could be exposed to the same or a similar (Let’s say a food or seasoning to make life easier) presented differently. And have a different response to it. And I mean if we’re comparing equal things. For example, I can eat celery and celery flakes just fine. But, not celery seed. I recognize this brings up a question of what’s equal. But, that’s a different topic. Anouther example, is homemade freshly squeezed red delicious apple juice. Instead of the store bought concentrated or non concentrated version of it. Off course with no added sugars and 100% juice, only. Quantity of the ingrediant occasionally can also alter or eliminate an abnormal normal response.
Anouther difference, is some of the negative symptoms. For example; I’ve never heard of anyone who’s only sensitive, get anaphylaxis shox from anything. That’s ONLY an allergy reaction. But, a person only allergic will have no issues with only certain citrus for example, unless there diabetic or something similar.
Those with sensitivities can also have an allergy (ies) / intolerances. But, they don’t have too. Anyone person can have 1 of these things, 2, or all 3. I have a dairy intolerance. And sensitivities. But, no food allergies. I can have a moderate to small amounts of dairy in only very specific types of food, and forms, daily. Do too both my sensitivity and intolerance. That’s even with lactose pills. Most however with a lactose intolerance. If it isn’t very severe, with Fast Act pills 1. Can get the flavored pills unlike me, and 2. Can then have most if not all types of dairy.
Allergies buy themselves are the most frequent among the more ” normal” people. It is not uncommon for them to have intolerances either. But, it is uncommon likely, (I HIGHLY suspect, and it seams) for them too have sensitivities WITHOUT a set diagnosis of atleast 1 other thing that sensitivities go with. For example, roscia, IBD, GI issues, or some auto-immune deficiencies. About that, do you know how many people are noted to thinking they have atleast 1 allergy in the US sometime in ther life? It’s over 50% of us! And did you know, very few actually have allergies? Most have an intolerance/ sensitivity. Do you know what that really means?
Then go on you tube and watch a video that’s less then a few minutes long called “Gluten and Dairy Amazing Facts! ” this is NOT meant to scare you. But, if your not an action taker, I may take that back.
PS. I really hope this post did this justice. When I researched info in hope to link you all to some great site with the run down of each. I came across nothing I could defiantly see recommending that wasn’t overwhelming. Very few things separated all 3 and the things that did we’re overwhelming and some had a fact or two that were wrong. I recognize many find a sensitivity an intolerance. But, I don’t. People with sensitivities can have texture and taste issues. Those who are just intolerant, well don’t.