So what exactly is food intolerance?
Food allergy is not the same as food intolerance:
- Allergy to a specific food (such as peanut or shellfish allergy) is usually characterised by an immediate and often severe reaction of the immune system to a specific food.
- Intolerance to a food is usually characterised by delayed symptoms sometimes taking several days to appear. Symptoms may include migraine, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, wind, bloating, reflux, fatigue, brain fog or a general unwell feeling.
If you suffer from any of the conditions listed below then you may have a ‘Food Intolerance’
- Constipation or Pellet-like Bowel Motions
- Irritable bowel, Gut pain,
- Nausea, Reflux or Heart burn
- Skin rashes or Sensitive skin
The incidence of food intolerance is extremely wide, it is estimated that 45% of the population are affected. Many people with food intolerance experience more than one symptom. Sufferers often complain of seeming to be in a ‘fog’, feeling bloated and being tired all the time. Symptoms can often be vague.
Essentially food intolerance is a body’s abnormal reaction to certain foods which can manifest in a number of ways. Some people will have one symptom such as a severe headache whilst others will experience irritable bowel syndrome, migraine and skin or respiratory conditions.
Realising that food is a catalyst for particular symptoms is not easy when, unlike the immediate reactive symptoms of food allergy, food intolerance symptoms often appear hours or even days later. The “root cause” or food is not always correctly diagnosed.
Many food intolerance sufferers have commented after removing problem foods from their diet that they had been experiencing symptoms of their intolerance for their entire lives.
A quick and affective way to be free of food Intolerances and Sensitivities
The clinic uses the following diagnostic testing:
Food Compatibility Testing – This simple hair tests for 500 different food and household items.
Cytotoxic Food Sensitivity (IgG) – Testing for 93 different foods, colours and preservatives. This blood test is done through referral to a local lab.
Food Detective™ (IgG) – Testing 46 different foods only. This test can be conveniently done in the clinic.
Thyroid / Vitamin D / Vitamin & Mineral Status – This testing is done through a local Path Lab.
Detox to a Healthier Place – Quick Two Week Detox
Sharon recommends a food-based detox which includes unrestricted fresh vegetables, salad, fruit and anti-inflammatory foods.
This is supplemented with detox powders that are easily made into a tasty smoothie. This program is also supported with the use of a Probiotic to support healthy gut flora.
During the detox, foods removed from the diet are dairy, wheat, gluten-containing foods, sugar, fried and processed foods