Food allergy, food sensitivity, food intolerance. What’s the difference?
Food allergy is an IgE immune response, and it can cause hives, itching, rashes and flares, gut symptoms, vomiting, trouble breathing, and swelling for example, and can be life-threatening.
Food sensitivity is an IgG immune response, and it can cause gut symptoms, skin rashes and flares, brain fog, joint aches and pains (and more), and points to gut dysfunction and leaky gut. Reactions are not life-threatening.
Food intolerance can cause symptoms like an IgG reaction and also isn’t life-threatening. It results from an inability of your body to appropriate metabolize a food or foods, and it won’t show up on IgE or IgG testing.
Just because your food allergy and sensitivity testing came out clean, keep this in mind!
While I am an anti-diet advocate and help people nourish their bodies rather than restrict food after food to manage symptoms, in some cases there are potentially problematic foods that are causing your symptom flares, including you and your little one’s eczema.
Dairy is a common eczema trigger, even without IgE and IgG reactions.
Cow dairy is a culprit, and sheep and goat dairy can be too. Sometimes people that can’t tolerate cow dairy do ok with sheep or goat. This is because the proteins are a bit different, BUT some of the proteins in all these dairy sources are the same.
If you’re struggling with eczema flares and eat dairy, removing it short term (2-3 weeks) can help ID if it’s a problem or not. Short term is key!
Why this salad? It’s full of skin healthy nutrients!
1. Salmon - protein, essential fatty acids, zinc and iron
2. Leafy greens - vitamin A, and a variety of antioxidant nutrients
3. That lonely little tomato (don’t worry there are more buried in there) - lycopene, a powerful antioxidant
4. That’s goat cheese - it may or may not work for you and your little one!
Link @jennifercarynbrand to stop unnecessary diet restrictions, NOURISH your body, resolve imbalances (like ones caused by diets, impaired gut health and STRESS) and restore your health.