Food Intolerance - What is it?
Food intolerance's are intimately linked to your body’s immune system. The immune system is the body’s natural defence against foreign invaders such as viruses, bacteria and harmful poisons. When you are intolerant to a food a common response is that your body doesn’t completely digest it, which allows incompletely digested food to enter the bloodstream where it is treated as an invader and is targeted by the IgG antibodies. Therefore, if you are constantly eating the same food to which you are intolerant to you are constantly putting your immune system and digestive system under stress. This places a huge demand on energy reserves, as the immune system and digestive/detoxification system constantly has to work harder to fight these challenging foods.
Reactions to foods can sometimes produce inflammatory conditions and also can produce a whole range of chronic health problems as well as unexplained symptoms. The symptoms are often ‘masked’ which means they can mimic every day symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and joint pains. It is also known that certain intolerance's can produce different reactions every time certain foods are consumed i.e. a headache one day and an upset tummy the next. The foods or substances that often cause masked reactions are often the ones we eat a lot of or crave. Some foods that we crave may make us feel temporarily better for a while but then have a big pay back later on and because there is a delay in the reaction the individual does not associate it with that particular food. An example would be eating chocolate and feeling good and then half an hour later feeling exhausted with a headache.
What happens during a consultation?
Firstly, I ask my clients to complete a short questionnaire. This questionnaire provides me with details on the reason for the clients visit and what symptoms they are suffering from. I will then ask more detailed questions which will help me build a picture of the client’s health history. I then ask the client to provide the details of a typical days diet, which also helps build up the background knowledge that is vital to treat someone effectively. Every person is unique and I treat the whole person and not just a symptom.
Once the information I require has been obtained then I move on to the actual Food Intolerance and Sensitivity Test, which takes approximately 15 minutes. This time also includes the Vitamin and Mineral deficiency check if requested. Once the test is complete I mark any substances which show a positive reaction onto a results table that the client is able to take away with them. I will also explain the results to the client and will make suggestions on how they can tweak their diet, if necessary. If a large food group such as wheat or dairy proves to be a problem food for an individual and needs to be omitted from their diet I provide detailed information sheets on how best to go about this and suggest alternative foods that can be used instead. I may also suggest supplements which work hand in hand with the elimination diet to ease symptoms being experienced by the client. If I feel it necessary I will also suggest a review date for ongoing treatment.