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Are Food Intolerances Making You Sick?

Lisa Cutforth - Friday, December 10, 2010

Food Intolerances, allergies and your body


Could the food you are eating be making you or your children sick?

A vast majority of the population live with a range of debilitating and less than healthful symptoms.  Consistently I have found that many of these symptoms can be explained and managed through modifying people's diet.

One of the biggest culprits is food intolerances.  Basically you eat something and you don't get anaphylactic shock type allergy but they do trigger an immune response in your body and you certainly experience with symptoms that clearly show your body is not happy.  These symptoms can include: itchy nose or ears or eyes, ringing ears/tinitis, runny nose, sneezing, diarrhea, IBS, skin breakouts or flair ups, psoriasis, eczema, bloating, bladder incontinence, bed wetting, ADD/ADHD, unexplained fatigue, inflammation, joint pain, headaches, indigestion and cramping, feeling "hungover".  And the problem is with food intolerances, sometimes the symptoms are delayed... so you may eat something and then 24 hours- 3 days later experience the unsavoury symptoms, making it very difficult to isolate the culprit.

One of the most effective ways to test for food intolerances is with a blood test, you want to get tested for IGg 1, 2, 3, 4 through ELISA testing. While it is more expensive than RAST testing, I do find it more useful and it does test for delayed onset reactions and not just immediate onset.  Some of the other tests can be rather limiting and some are even inaccurate.

I have a few "favourite" labs that I use to perform the testing.  Prices range from $250 for around 93 foods tested to $750 for around 300 foods. (These are the lab fees, of which I take no percentage). This may seem like a big initial outlay, but I can honestly say it was one of the best investments I have ever made, when I had myself tested years ago in response to some frustrated health problems that wouldn't go away.  It gave me peace of mind, choices and took the guess work out.  I have 3 serious food intolerances, and I suffered for many years, with hundreds of tests and time in doctors rooms... when I removed my trigger foods from my diet, I felt the benefits immediately. 

I am not a purist, so of course, sometimes I do have a little cheat, but at least I can prepare myself or make an informed choice.  If you are going to have to experience diarrhea or acne, would you like a bit of notice?

I can't eat eggs, pineapple and vanilla.  Obsure intolerances that a food elimination diary would have struggled to isolate, often times these foods are present in other foods.  So, I generally now avoid these foods, but on my birthday if I fancy a piece of chocolate cake, I indulge, usually with food intolerances if you let your body recover and you avoid the foods for sufficient time, sometimes you can tolerate small amounts again with less severe symptoms.  So I choose, how much do I want this chocolate cake?  Sometimes I want it enough to put up with the symptoms... and then most of the time I don't miss it.  Reallly there are SOOO MANY FOODS out there to eat.  I know I couldn't eat them all in a month, so now that I am in a routine, I barely notice.  This is the place I work with my clients to get to.  Many of them report freedom and peace of mind and importantly:  DON'T even mind or mostly don't miss the foods they need to avoid.  I support them through the initial preparation and changing patterns and habits and process and eventually they are comfortable and confident to direct themselves.

I have had such great results with clients when we take them off the foods that don't agree with them that I wanted to share that with you.

I was very excited then to come across this table, that shows clinical results revealed from the difference that removing food intolerances can make to a range of symptoms.

Have a look and then have a think about your body.  Don't underestimate the power of nutrition is all I can say.

Check out the table of  percentages of improvements people have experienced through eliminating foods that make them sick.

Please contact me if you have any questions about food intolerances or allergies, or if you and your family are suffering with unexplained symptoms, I may be able to offer some guidance.


What's the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance?

Lisa Cutforth - Wednesday, July 08, 2009

stockxpertcom_id248989_jpg_d8d5ad9f3a2a763ef3a45103003f66061Many of us will experience an adverse reaction to a particular food or substance at some point in our lives. Allergies and food sensitivities appear to be on the increase. Is there really an increase in incidence or is there merely an increased awareness? With modern diets what they are, it is quite probable there is an increase, many people are taking in substances that are foreign to the body, e.g. artificial additives, preservatives, colorants, moulds and fungi, these chemical toxins and poisins wreak havoc in the body and can compromise the body's immunity, in addition to this many people do not eat a balanced diet which means they are missing key essential nutrients (eg. amino acids, vitamins) so may not be able to synthesize the necessary enzymes for digesting particular foods. Both of these factors can contribute to allergies and food sensitivities or intolerances.

How serious are they?

Food allergies tend to be very serious and can be life threatening, food intolerances can lead to malnutrition and dramatically affect the quality of life of the individual. Here is a short article that looks at the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance...  Essentially some foods in some people may cause an immune response, the body has an allergic reaction when it is exposed to these foods.  These differ in severity but usually are immediate and in severe cases an allergy can result in anaphylatic shock and result in death (peanut allergies and sometimes egg allergies are examples of the more severe allergies).  Food intolerances are the much more common lifestyle impeding culprits. A food intolerances can be more difficult to isolate and this is because they cause a different type of immune reaction, it is often a delayed reaction, it is usually not life threatening and develops because of a compromised or overactive immune system, where the body because of a lack of enzymes or deficiencies may not be able to digest a food or in the case of leaky gut larger particles of food enter into the system and the body reacts in a defensive way to the food.  Caeliac disease fits into a class of it's own and is closer to an "auto immune" disease where the body actually can start to attack itself. 

Where can you get help?How can you find out more? For more help or guidance on allergies or food sensitivities Contact Us

Booking an appointment with a nutritionist, dietitian or even a naturapath can be a great place to start. They can advise you on what tests you need to have done, if any, and some of them will even perform their own tests. They will help you to isolate possible suspect foods or substances and can also help you to manage your allergies and food sensitivites and still maintain a balanced diet, once you know what they are. You can go directly to your GP and request allergy or food intolerance tests first, they will write a referral for you to have tests at a local lab (These are sometimes covered by medicare). Once you have your results you could book in with a nutritionist or dietitain who can then offer further guidance and support. Whatever you do, don't ignore allergies or food intolerances, the symptoms and destruction on the body only tend to get worse. It is best to seek professional help so that you are supported as you explore whether the foods you are eating are making you ill. This is what people who have eliminated their trigger foods have said: "I do not know myself now, I feel great, I have lost weight, I have more energy, and it was just a matter of creating some new habits. At the time it felt like hard work, but I would never go back now, it was worth the effort and I just love feeling this great, I didn't know what I was missing."

Here are some more articles you might find interesting:

Are food intolerances making you sick?

What's the difference between a food allergy and an intolerance and what can I eat?


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