Test for Food Intolerances Instead of Ignoring Them

By Rebecca Carden — July 21, 2015

Food Intolerance

Get this- In the UK, it’s estimated that half of the population has a food intolerance of some sort.

Whoah.

Food Intolerances tend to trigger digestive symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, nausea. These reactions are not life threatening, however they are uncomfortable to live with.

The thing is… so many of us live with these symptoms but don’t do anything about them. Ignoring them is madness yet we do it because we just want to eat the things we enjoy and make us happy.

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Why settle for just feeling ok or uncomfortable when a solution could be found if you were willing to do something about it?

Common causes of intolerances

  • Your body might be lacking certain enzymes to break down certain foods. This inhibits the function of the small intestine to effectively digest food and leads to fermentation in the gut.
  • Inflammation occurring in the gut is causing intestinal permeability – also known as Leaky Gut. The gap junctions allow food molecules to ‘leak’ into our blood stream (where food is not meant to be) causing food intolerances. Inflammation can be caused by a history of inflammatory foods (processed, high salt/sugar or junk food), history of antibiotic use, long term use of The Pill, smoking or other lifestyle factors.
  • Chronic stress – long working hours and inadequate sleep lead to low energy and raised cortisol levels (stress hormone). Cortisol affects the Enteric Nervous System causing digestive conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation/Diarrhoea, Coeliac disease and therefore Food intolerances.

How to tackle Food Intolerances in 4 quick steps

  1. Keep a food diary, record the food that you eat and symptoms you experience after eating a certain meal.
  2. Listen to your body, it hints in subtle ways on what food group is affecting you. E.g. sinusitis, mucous and sneezing may indicate dairy products are an issue, bloating after a heavy carb meal may indicate that refined carbohydrates are the trigger.
  3. See a Naturopath. Naturopathy can help manage your intolerances through herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation and dietary suggestions. An individualised treatment plan is formulated according to your signs and symptoms. You may only need to follow this plan temporarily, long enough to allow your gut to heal and rebalance. Reintroducing trigger foods gradually may then be possible depending on your progress however you might decide that you feel bloody fantastic without those foods in your diet and just ditch them once and for all!
  4. Get tested. The Food Intolerance Clinic offers 2 types of testing depending on your budget.

Nutripath IgG Blood spot testing for 96 foods

Nutripath ALCAT Testing (Gold Standard) for 200 foods

The take away message from this post is to do something about how you are feeling.

There are so many solutions on offer out there if you just seek the right help.

 We designed My Goodness Organics around the idea of eliminating the common trigger allergy foods that affect so many people without them knowing it because the food is so full of flavour.

By making awesome food that is damn right delicious and naturally free of those inflammatory ingredients, we are (very sneakily) giving your body the opportunity to heal without you having to do anything beyond lift your fork and eat.

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If you are trying our meals for the first time and haven’t eaten a diet free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar before… keep track of how you feel after a week. Are you less congested, less bloated, less fatigued and brain fogged??
Sounds like you may have a food intolerance!

Get yourself down to see Sylvia at The Food Intolerance Clinic and find out for sure, she’ll take great care of you.

A big thanks to Sylvia Ong from The Food Intolerance Clinic for contributing to our blog this week!

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