This week (23-30th May) is Food Allergy Awareness week and here at the Fit Lab, we’re taking the initiative to raise awareness on food intolerances and food allergies. Did you know that Australia has one of the highest incidences of food allergy in the world and this is increasing at an alarming rate; in fact, one in every 10 babies born in Australia will develop a food allergy.
What is a food intolerance?
Food intolerance occurs when your body struggles to digest a certain type of food and in the process, produces an adverse reaction. The condition varies from person to person, so it’s important for you to take note of your diet to better pinpoint the potential cause. Food intolerances are chronic and can impact your quality of life by making you feel unwell, causing pain or even mood disturbances. In some instances, the reactions can be delayed by as much as several hours to several days.
Common symptoms associated with a food intolerance include: Irritable bowel and gastrointestinal upset, including constipation and diarrhoea, anxiety and low mood, Brain fog, Poor concentration Eczema
What is a Food Allergy?
A food allergy is your immune system response to a certain food that occurs very soon after it has been consumed, making it a fairly simple task to identify the culprit. In most instances, even a small amount of the allergy-inducing food has the potential to trigger the allergy.
The symptoms of food allergies include: Itching in the mouth, Hives, Wheezing, Swelling of the face, lips and tongue, Dizziness, Stomach pain, Vomiting
The symptoms are not the same for everyone. While they can be somewhat mild in some cases, in others, they can be rather severe and even fatal, known as anaphylaxis. If you believe you are having a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction, please seek immediate medical attention by calling 000 or going straight to your nearest hospital.
An Accredited Practicing Dietitian can help you understand which foods and beverages are safe to consume and how best to avoid items that may cause a reaction. When foods or food groups need to be avoided, your eating plan may be lacking in important nutrients, like certain vitamins and minerals. A dietitian can help ensure you get the nutrition you need for your health and lifestyle.
If you or your family member has a food intolerance or a food allergy, contact our Dietitian Areeba for tailored advice and guidance on managing your symptoms and avoiding any nutritional inadequacies. You can contact us on 07 4638 7645 or come in and see us at the Fit Lab Allied Health Centre for more information.