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Our immune systems are meant to protect us from harmful viruses and bacteria. But sometimes, they go haywire. Autoimmune diseases, in which the immune system attacks the body, have grown significantly in recent years, with an estimated 24 to 50 million people now struggling with one or more of the 140 autoimmune spectrum problems. At the same time, the rate of food allergies is growing, and many more Americans have food sensitivities and intolerances.
These terms—food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances—are often confused and used interchangeably. In my previous article, I explained the differences. In short, they all happen in the body in different ways, but how they make you feel can be similar.
Many people have health problems that are caused, triggered, or perpetuated by the foods they eat every day—and some don't even know it. Here are the most common symptoms of food reactivities that I see people struggling with: