Food Intolerance in Northwest Arkansas

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Food intolerance describes a person's difficulty or inability to digest specific foods. All food includes proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, and natural substances that impart flavor and smell. A few of these can result in symptoms of food intolerance. It's important to understand that food intolerance is not the same as an allergic reaction, where even a small amount of a specific food could trigger a mild to severe immune response. Food intolerance normally develops progressively and could result when you consume too much of a specific food, too often. If you want to learn more information regarding food intolerances and the ways they could affect your digestive health, contact GI Alliance of Arkansas to request a consultation. Our providers offer care for food intolerances in Arkansas and can help you and your loved ones manage this condition.

Food intolerance can lead to many possible symptoms. A handful of the most prevalent are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Night sweats
  • Lack of energy
  • Joint pain
  • Vomiting
  • Bloated stomach
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • An irritable bowel
  • Skin-related problems (such as eczema and rashes)

Food intolerance is specific to you and is often attributable to foods that are generally tolerable for a majority of others. Some of the most widely observed food triggers are:

  • Items containing histamine (such as aged or fermented foods)
  • Not enough enzymes specific for the breakdown of particular foods, like milk products
  • Vast array of chemical additives, preservatives, and colorants used in prepackaged foods
  • Specific foods, like kidney beans or chickpeas, which have a toxic effect if undercooked
  • Certain natural compounds, like preservatives
  • Natural chemicals in a number of vegetables, fruits, spices, and herbs

Our Arkansas gastroenterology experts can help you pinpoint which foods might be the reason behind the condition.

A food intolerance can be identified and differentiated from a food allergy by noting the pattern of which symptoms you're experiencing and when they develop. Writing down an accurate record of your dietary habits and resulting problems can allow you to pinpoint which foods could cause these reactions. As soon as the aggravating food is discovered, you will be advised to temporarily cut it from your intake under controlled conditions. The GI Alliance of Arkansas gastrointestinal specialists will then see you to check for progress or alleviation of discomfort. Following that, the suspected trigger is returned to your diet to verify the diagnosis.

If you've noticed distressing symptoms that make you think you may have an intolerance to a certain food, then you might find relief by working with a local gastrointestinal specialist. You can speak with a gastrointestinal specialist who can help with food intolerances by getting in touch with our expert team at GI Alliance of Arkansas. Our physicians will work to pinpoint and avoid your trigger foods so that you can enjoy better health once again. If you want to learn more details regarding food intolerances and how they can be managed, call one of our Arkansas gastrointestinal offices today.

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