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What Is An Intolerance?

Intolerances are a non-immune response in which the body has difficulty digesting or processing specific components of the food, such as certain sugars, proteins, or chemicals. Unlike food allergies, which involve the immune system and can trigger an immediate and potentially severe reaction, food intolerances typically have a slower onset and less severe symptoms.

Know The Difference

  • Food Allergy

    Food Intolerance

  • Cause

    Abnormal IgE mediated immune response to components in certain foods

    Lacking the digestive enzymes that allow you to metabolize certain foods

  • Response Time

    Response Time

    Onset of symptoms may occur several hours to several days after ingestion or exposure

  • Severity

    Can be life threatening

    Unpleasant, but not life threatening

  • Symptoms

    Vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory issues, anaphylaxis, hives

    Digestive issues such as bloating, gas, cramps, abdominal pain, nausea, & heartburn. Fatigue, headaches, joint pain, and skin issues

  • Diagnosis

    IgE blood test, skin prick test, food elimination/oral challenge

    Food elimination diet (guideline provided by 5Strands)

  • Management

    Complete avoidance, immunotherapy, taking antihistamines/epinephrine

    Elimination plan diet and then moderation and rotation of foods, supplementation with digestive enzymes

Reading Your Test Results

Using Your Results

Once you receive your test results, you can implement a personalized elimination plan to manage you or your pet’s symptoms.

  • Remove potential
    trigger foods from
    you or your pet's diet.

  • Monitor changes in symptoms during the elimination phase

  • Gradually reintroduce eliminated foods one at a time

  • Take note of any symptoms that recur after reintroduction

  • Seek professional help if needed

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