Food Intolerance vs Food Sensitivity and How Digestive Enzymes Can Help

By Dr. James Augustine, D.C.

Myth: Food intolerance and food sensitivity are the same thing.

Not true. And neither one are the same as food allergy.

Experts say “food intolerance” and “food sensitivity” are often used interchangeably by the public, causing misunderstanding. Add “food poisoning” to the list, and people become even more confused.

  • Food intolerance occurs when the body lacks a particular enzyme to digest that food. Two common examples are lactose intolerance and celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the gastrointestinal tract cannot process gluten, a protein in wheat-based products such as cereal and bread. An intolerant person avoids the foods that trigger a reaction, but these reactions aren’t caused by the immune system and they are not life threatening.
  • Food sensitivity, an understudied area, generally means people have an unpleasant reaction to certain foods; perhaps they develop acid reflux, nausea, or abdominal cramps, but again, these are not immune system reactions, and these reactions do not always occur in the same way when eating the food.

You could also have a bad reaction to food tainted by bacterial contamination or not properly prepared. That’s food poisoning. Symptoms often involve diarrhea and vomiting and typically clear up in 24-48 hours.

Dr. Augustine’s comments:
Good clarification here. Another vote for taking digestive enzymes, which clears up acid reflux and most other issues with food intolerances, as well as can prevent tainted food issues.


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Maybe you are having occasional problems with your digestive system, you are not alone. This discomfort of bloating affects up to 30% of adults. This is without the mention of other abdominal signs– like irregular bowel movements, passing gas, or stomach discomfort. If you add these in, the percentage shoots through the roof! Many are dealing with social embarrassment because of occasional bloating or stomach discomfort. Many times you find yourself losing out on the fun of sitting down to a good meal because of the price you will pay later. All because your digestive system is not working properly.

If your body does not break down and absorb nutrients correctly, the effects will go far beyond occasional stomach discomfort that you are feeling. It has been said that maintaining a healthy digestive system is the core of all health. After all your digestive system in the source of all nutrients that your cells need. A healthy nutritious diet is essential, but if your stomach and intestines are not working correctly then the diet will not do much for your health. This is going to prevent you from absorbing the nutrition building blocks that your body depends on. In order to help your digestive system do its job, you have got to understand what goes on inside your stomach and small intestine. You have probably tried many different strategies to work with your digestion. Yet for some reason it still is not working as well as it can. You may just need a little help.

Here is how digestive enzymes work: There are carbohydrates, proteins, fats, as well as vitamins, minerals and other components. To absorb these nutrients into your bloodstream, you have got to break down these large molecules into smaller pieces. Your body has evolved a chemically engineered system to do just that. While you are finishing your meal, digestive enzymes are rushing into your small intestine from your liver, gall bladder, and pancreas to break down the large food pieces into smaller pieces. that are easier to absorb. These enzymes are special proteins designed to break apart a specific molecule in your foods.

  • Proteases (proteolytic enzymes)–break down protein
  • Lipases–break down fat
  • Amylases–break down carbohydrates

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