Allergy or Intolerance?
Differences Between Allergies and Intolerances
Allergies target the body's immune system and produce a more severe reaction that could be life-threatening. In most cases, allergies are hereditary and are a lifelong condition.
An intolerance is the body's inability to digest an item properly, whether that is a food intolerance or a non-food (environmental) intolerance. In most cases, you may be able to correct your intolerance by adjusting your diet, environment and lifestyle. You can work with your intolerances to reduce and possibly eliminate them.
An intolerance can occur due to a number of reasons, the two most common are:
1) The body is lacking the necessary digestive enzyme(s) for the food item and cannot properly digest the item or efficiently take nutrients from it.
2) Many symptoms are the result of a sensitivity to a particular item. A sensitivity can occur from over-consumption or overexposure to an item.