When you experience a reaction or ‘intolerance’ to a particular food or drink, the body can produce a variety of inflammatory responses as it incorrectly identifies the ingredient as a threat. Food intolerances are not normally life threatening unlike food allergies, which need immediate medical attention.
These immune responses can be delayed up to 72 hours and vary in severity, causing digestion problems like IBS, migraine, bloating, skin rashes, joint pain, asthma, low energy levels and even effecting psychological wellbeing triggering labels like depression and anxiety to name a few.
Knowing your own unique food and drink intolerances, and the effects they could have on your health and wellbeing, is important to ensure you make the best possible choices for your diet. The main trigger foods can be dairy, wheat, eggs, nuts, soy and shellfish but also simple healthy foods like broccoli, ginger, garlic can also be the main trigger foods, giving you symptoms of discomfort. Symptoms can go undiagnosed by medical professionals, who may not know what to test for if they have not been trained in nutrition.
There are several different ways to find out what foods may be contributing to you feeling unwell. Some are listed below
1) Food Diary and Elimination Diet – Keep a simple food diary, noting what foods you eat, any symptoms you have after eating these foods and when the symptoms come on. Once you have a good idea which foods may be causing your symptoms, you can try excluding them from your diet one at a time and observing the effect it has. Try cutting out the suspected food from your diet for two to six weeks and see if your symptoms improve. Reintroduce the food to see if symptoms return.
2) IGg Blood Test – Is a simple blood test to identify IGg antibodies that respond to certain proteins found in foods that your body reacts to as a threat.
3) Vega Testing – is a bio-energetic regulatory technique that has its origins in acupuncture and homeopathy. Most disease starts in the energy field before it reaches the physical body. This test is very simple and non-invasive. It tests for the compatibility of the food with your electrical energy field.
To conclude, food is medicine and needs to be viewed from a holistic perspective – mind, body and spirit. Having a professional nutritional therapist who provides testing, to help guide you on your path to healing your symptoms is key. Food is a starting point to achieving physical & psychological balance and wellness. Would you put diesel into a petrol car? Your body is the same, it needs the correct fuel to run at optimal levels for your unique self.