More often than not, we ignore signs from our bodies. It may not be intentional, but it is quite common when it comes to food agreements. Both food intolerances and food allergies can be looked over, and it can impact your overall health. Understanding the difference between a yeast intolerance and gluten intolerance (and how they both differ from a yeast allergy) is a great first step to working with your body instead of against it.
How to separate a yeast intolerance from a yeast allergy
The most important thing to remember is that a yeast intolerance and a yeast allergy are physically different reactions in the body. While they can sometimes be confused with each other if the allergy is mild, the reaction itself is different.
- Yeast allergy: When you are dealing with a yeast allergy, your body is going through an antibody-based reaction. The yeast ingredients are considered a dangerous threat and must be destroyed immediately by your body’s immune system. So, it starts to attack and destroy the allergen itself. The symptoms can vary from a rash to nausea to anaphylaxis-like symptoms, including wheezing and difficulty breathing.
- Yeast intolerance: An intolerance to yeast is when your body struggles to digest yeast itself, and it will often back up in your stomach as your digestive system struggles to break it down and use it our of your body. This kind of reaction doesn’t involve the immune system because it is still a struggle with digestion, not your body attacking the food ingredient itself. Symptoms of this can include nausea, flatulence, diarrhea, and more. The severity of them depends on the intolerance.
Yeast vs gluten intolerance
There is also an important difference between intolerance to gluten and intolerance to yeast. These often get confused in terms of what the “problem” food ingredient is when trying to determine for yourself what you’re reacting to.
- Yeast intolerance: Yeast is a popular ingredient in grains, pastas, and bread. The reaction for a yeast intolerance may pop up when you are eating these kinds of products It may even pop up if you try eating gluten-free products if those products contain yeast.
- Gluten intolerance: On the other hand, a gluten intolerance should not flare-up when you rely on only gluten-free options for bread and other baked goods. By stripping gluten out of your life (which is different from stripping yeast out of your life), you’ll be able to manage the common symptoms.
Not sure? Get a test
Even with the distinguishing features explained above, understanding the difference between a yeast or gluten intolerance, or even a yeast allergy form an intolerance can be difficult. Getting a food sensitivity or food intolerance test is one of the best ways to know for sure. Your body and gut will be much happier for it, and the test itself is non-invasive and time-efficient.
Why ignore and fight with your body when a simple test can help tell you for sure what’s working and what’s not when it comes to food? Your overall life can benefit, and you’ll be happy to know that you are taking proper care of your body as a whole. The more you take care of it, the more it’ll take care of you, after all.