Food Allergies

Your body’s immune system is supposed to detect germs that make you sick and eliminate them. An allergy is when your body mistakes a protein in your food for a germ. In response, your immune system releases chemicals such as histamine that cause inflammation.

Food allergies are similar to food sensitivities, but there is a difference in how your body reacts. Food allergies cause an immune system reaction, while food sensitivities cause a digestive system reaction. Gluten sensitivity is a common food sensitivity.

Some people notice negative outcomes when they eat gluten, but they don’t test positive for celiac disease. This is referred to as non-celiac gluten sensitivity or non-celiac wheat sensitivity. In the past, it was assumed that people with gluten sensitivity did not sustain intestinal damage, but a recent study proved that assumption false. It is estimated there are more people with gluten sensitivity than with celiac disease, although the majority of people with gluten sensitivity have yet to be diagnosed.

The preceding information is intended only to provide general information and not as a definitive basis for diagnosis or treatment in any particular case. It is very important that you consult your doctor about your specific condition.