Certain foods which, on the surface, sound great for us can often trigger digestive issues that can lead to bloating, inflammation, IBS symptoms, digestive pain, skin issues, insomnia or tiredness and, even more importantly, anxiety!
Determining which foods are the ‘culprits’ can be an eye-opening, and life-changing, experience for many people. There is a distinct difference between food intolerances and food allergies!
Allergies normally show up as a very rapid reaction to the ingested food, and the confirmation of this would usually be through a blood test.
Food intolerances, however, will often show as a ‘sneaky irritant’ (of various severities) that may not even be discovered until adulthood. This can then completely change a person’s life when they realise that symptoms such as anxiety, lethargy, stomach cramps, pain etc, that they have experienced since childhood, suddenly disappear when they remove a particular food. These ‘intolerances’ will not normally show up in a blood test.
The testing is a very non-invasive process and positive results, after removing the foods from the diet, can often be experienced within 24 hours!
Please feel free to contact me if you suspect either you, or your child may have a food intolerance. It always seems so cruel to remove foods from a person’s diet in order to try to determine which (if any of them) are the ‘culprits’!
I remember a mother (who had been clearly diagnosed as coeliac) bringing her teenage son to see me. He had started to develop similar symptoms as she had suffered for years and, perfectly naturally, she assumed he had ‘inherited’ her genetic make up.
She changed his diet to the same as hers – removing all gluten – only to find he was getting far worse.
A quick test in the clinic showed that he was absolutely fine with gluten – HIS problem was with corn and maize!!
The 16year old then exclaimed, “OMG – that explains why I always feel absolutely dreadful after going to the cinema!” … Yes – the popcorn was creating havoc with his system!