Some people experience symptoms and complaints after eating certain foods. This might be the result of an allergic reaction or intolerance. The difference between them is very important: intolerances can be uncomfortable and challenging but allergies are often much more serious. On one hand, food intolerance causes a gradual reaction of e.g. cramps or headaches. Your body isn’t able to properly digest certain foods. On the other hand, a food allergy triggers an immune reaction, even in the smallest amounts. The immune system of the body mistakes the food as harmful, generates antibodies against it which initiates unwanted reactions. A doctor can help you figure out if you have a food intolerance or an allergy and he/she can help you with the symptoms by prescribing medicine or recommending a customised diet.