What is the difference between allergy and intolerance?

Food allergy and food intolerance – they’re often confused for one another and neither is too pleasant, yet they are dramatically different.

With an allergy you will quickly become aware you’ve eaten something. It can take less than an hour for an allergic reaction to take hold, with nasty effects from skin rashes to vomiting and diarrhoea appearing.

Food intolerance, on the other hand, is not so easy to identify. In fact, it can take days to make itself known.

And very few of us would ever stop to think that the cause of the discomfort or distress we’re suffering on a Friday could actually be our breakfast from a few days ago.

As a result, food intolerance is thought to affect up to 45 per cent of the population at some time – with most completely oblivious to it.

This is why the Alternative Health Check at The Wyndham Centre is considered one of the best ways to discover which parts of your diet are causing your body discomfort.

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