Updated: Dec 19, 2019
Food intolerances occur when undigested food particles pass through the intestinal lining and the immune system sees these particles as ‘foreign’, producing IgG antibodies to ‘attack’ the food particle. This is a natural defense mechanism, designed to protect you from harmful invaders but it can lead to inflammation in the body.
Food intolerances can affect many areas of the body and often vary in severity. They can give rise to a myriad of different symptoms, see list below for just a few
Aches & pains, headaches, migraines
Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, IBS, nausea
Skin conditions such as eczema, skin rashes, acne, urticaria
Nasal problems such as rhinitis, sinusitis
Weight gain or weight loss
Low energy/ Fatigue
If you suffer from any of the above, it could be that food intolerances are at the root of the problem.
Intestinal permeability aka ‘leaky gut’ is a critical factor in the development of food intolerances. If you have a #leakygut, the cells of you intestinal lining have become damaged and there is a greater risk of undigested food particles being able to pass through the intestinal wall into your bloodstream, triggering inflammation.
Most of us now have some have awareness around ‘leaky gut’ and gut healing methods such as bone broth, digestive enzymes and probiotics. Thankfully, healing the gut can be very helpful in resolving issues with food intolerances but identifying what your food intolerances are is an important part of healing the gut. If you continue to consume foods that are causing inflammation, it’s very difficult to heal the gut lining.
The gold standard for identifying #foodintolerances is the elimination diet. An elimination diet is not an easy thing for people to do, it takes careful planning and meticulous documenting of symptoms. For some people this is just not practical or too much of a challenge. Food intolerance testing thankfully provides an alternative option for those who cannot follow an elimination diet.
I offer a wide range of food intolerance testing in my clinical practice. If you feel like some foods just aren't suiting you but finding it difficult to identify which ones and would like more information about testing, get in touch.