Food Sensitivities in Tulsa, OK

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If you have a food sensitivity or intolerance, this does not mean you are allergic to food, but that you experience gastrointestinal or other symptoms when you eat it. A true food allergy activates your immune system, causing a histamine response and giving you the symptoms of an allergic reaction, but food intolerance does not.

Identifying food intolerances isn’t easy. Symptoms of food intolerance can be subtle and hard to single out. They also tend to come on more slowly, and much later, than allergic reactions, making identifying them more difficult. You must keep a meticulous record of your diet and symptoms. They can include bloating, mood changes, flatulence, irritable bowel, headaches, and migraines. Our Tulsa, OK GI providers can help. Contact your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location to request a consultation.

They are many different symptoms that could appear as a result of food sensitivities. The most common symptoms include:

  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin-related symptoms (such as rashes and eczema)
  • An irritable bowel
  • Joint pain
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Dark circles under the eyes

Your food sensitivity is specific to you — it will not affect others the way it affects you. There are a number of reasons that can cause food sensitivities:

  • Wide variety of artificial additives, preservatives, and coloring agents used in processed foods
  • Salicylates in certain fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices
  • Lack of enzymes specific for the breakdown of certain foods
  • Food containing histamines (such as fish that has been stored poorly)
  • Certain naturally occurring chemicals such as caffeine
  • Some foods such as kidney beans or chickpeas that have a toxic effect when undercooked

It is important to identify whether you are experiencing a food allergy or a food sensitivity; they are typically differentiated by the type of symptoms. To do this, it is suggested that you keep a detailed log of the food you are consuming and any resulting symptoms. Your Adult Gastroenterology Associates GI specialist will use your log to identify the triggering food. Once identified, our team will advise you to temporarily remove that food from your diet and observe you. If they see your symptoms resolve, they will reintroduce the food into your diet to confirm your diagnosis. Once your food sensitivity is identified, one of our Tulsa, OK dieticians will help you find a substitute for it so that you can maintain a nutritional diet.

At Adult Gastroenterology Associates, we can help you return to a happy, healthy lifestyle. If you feel like you may have a food sensitivity and want to identify the triggering food, request a consultation with our team. We can help you identify the problem food and work with you to alleviate your symptoms. Don’t let your food sensitivity keep you from enjoying life. Request a consultation at your nearest Tulsa, OK location, today.

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