Let’s talk about allergies. Food allergies that is! Let’s talk about being allergic to lactose and glucose. Lactose is the main sugar in milk and other dairy products, and people who are lactose intolerant simply can’t digest it well.
Here are a few symptoms of lactose intolerance:
Now most people know dairy products contain lactose, but those aren’t the only products. The following products may have lactose in them as well:
Some breads and baked goods
It can also be found in prescription medicines, birth control pills, and over the counter meds such as those used to relieve stomach acid or gas.
Now this is important because a person may not know that lactose can be found in products that aren’t labeled as milk or dairy. As a result, they may be taking a product and it’s giving them the above symptoms, not realizing it’s because of the lactose in it.
Lactose intolerance occurs when the small intestine doesn’t make enough lactase. Millions of people are lactose intolerant, while Hispanics, Native Americans, and African Americans are more likely to be lactose intolerant.
If you’re lactose intolerant, avoid foods with lactose, and let your doctor know as well if you’re taking any medications.
Gluten is a substance found in cereal grains, especially wheat, barley, and rye that’s responsible for the elastic texture of dough. Some of the most common foods with gluten are breads, baked goods, soups, pastas, cereals food coloring, beer, salad dressings, and sauces.
Now gluten itself isn’t bad, it’s just that some people are simply gluten intolerant, meaning their bodies produce an abnormal immune response to it during digestion. The most common form of gluten intolerance is celiac disease, which affects 1 in 141 people.
It can be tricky to determine if a person is gluten intolerance because the symptoms can be broad. A person may want to investigate it they have any of the following symptoms:
· Digestive issues such as bloating, diarrhea or constipation
· Fatigue or “brain fog” after eating a meal with gluten
· Rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune diseases like lupus
· Dizziness or feeling off balance
· Inflammation or pain in joints
· Mood swings or depression
These issues can be easily misdiagnosed, but don’t discount the possibility that your diet may be the root cause. Consult a doctor and consider removing gluten from your diet. That might be the answer.