Are you suffering from any of these symptoms?
Abdominal pains, aches and pains, acid reflux, asthma, arthritis, bloating, constipation, chronic fatigue syndrome, diarrhoea, eczema, fatigue, fibromyalgia, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), headaches, lethargy, migraine, nausea, rashes, rhinitis, sinusitis, skin problems, stomach cramps, tension,hives, weight loss or weight gain, wheezing or bad complexions?
If you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms you may be suffering from food allergies or food intolerance.
If you have been treated by your doctors for any of the above complaints without relief it may be time to suspect food allergies or food intolerant as being at the root causes of your misery. Your doctor likely gave you creams or medications according to the symptoms you are telling him. In most cases these ailments are being caused by food allergies and food intolerances which will not go away until the specific food is identified and eliminated from the diet. By eliminating the offending foods you can prevent the occurrence of the above symptoms and ailments. Prevention rather than treatment is the key. No amount of creams or medications is going to make the symptoms go away. For sufferers of food intolerance and food allergies the problem is that usually it’s the symptom that gets treated, not the cause leading to lack of sustainable cure.
In food allergy, an abnormal immune system response results in the body making antibodies to ‘fight off’ a food. Food allergy, either IgE antibody mediated or delayed non-Ig mediated allergy are reactions caused by the immune system, A small number of adults approximately 1% of adults and about 5-9% of children are affected by food allergies.
However, some people suffer symptoms after eating certain foods even when they are not producing antibodies against them. A variety of different mechanisms can cause foods to affect people in this way. These non-immune reactions are known as food intolerances.
This is much more common than food allergy and is not caused by the immune system. The onset of symptoms is usually slower, and may be delayed by many hours after eating the offending food. The symptoms may also last for several hours, even into the next day and sometimes longer. Intolerance to several foods or a group of foods is not uncommon, and it can be much more difficult to decide whether food intolerance is the cause of chronic illness, and which foods or substances may be responsible.
With food intolerance, some people can tolerate a reasonable amount of the food, but if they eat it too much (or too often) they get symptoms because their body cannot tolerate unlimited amounts.
The symptoms caused by food intolerance are varied. They usually cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting, irritable bowel and can include skin rashes and sometimes fatigue, joint pains, dark circles under the eyes, night sweats and other chronic conditions.
Food intolerance can have a number of different causes:
How is Food Intolerance recognised?
To identify food allergies and food intolerance, the traditional way is difficult and involves keeping a food diary and recording reactions to them and eliminating foods until the intolerant food is finally identified The diagnosis is usually made by removing the suspected food from the diet (an exclusion diet) and seeing if symptoms improve. In food intolerance, a wide range of symptoms may occur and multiple symptoms are usual, and can be general and non-specific, which can make diagnosis tricky. This highlights the need for attention to detail and the need to record everything fully in a food and allergy symptom diary and working with a dietician. At Mart Life Detox Clinic we identify food allergies and food intolerances by our Bioenergitc test which can specify whether a person is fructose, lactose, histamine or gluten intolerant and also specify the exact food the person is intolerant or allergic to.
After the biogenetic test the patient is advised to start an exclusion diet which excludes the foods one is intolerant and allergic to. The patient is advised to stay off the intolerant food for 3 months. after this time the patient can introduce the food slowly into the diet and eat it occasionally no more than once every week or once every two weeks. Usually most people can tolerate eating these foods sometimes without bringing back the negative symptoms. More frequent consumption of these foods will bring back the symptoms. Each person will need to establish their tolerance threshold. After weeks or months of not eating the food you may be able to restart eating the food again without getting negative reactions. This is known as tolerance, and its maintenance depends on establishing the threshold of both frequency and quantity for each person – in other words, eating the food occasionally may be tolerated, but reintroducing it in large quantities or on a very regular basis (e.g. every day) might lead to symptoms coming back. This is purely individual so working this out and not restricting the diet more than is necessary is a major consideration. I for example have intolerance for eggs. I can eat eggs for one day without a reaction. The second day I can manage. If I eat eggs for the third day running I come down with a crashing headache.
The above is the case for food one is intolerant to. However for foods one is allergic to the nutritionist will advise you to stay away from such foods for life.
Elimination of certain foods either due to intolerance or allergies requires that one replace foods with other foods of similar nutritional value so that one is not lacking in essential nutrients. Our nutritionist will help with these choices of food substitution. Embarking on such diets requires a lot of dedication and planning but the results can be life changing for the better.
Choosing the right time to start the diet for you and your family is essential – avoiding starting the diet during holidays or major celebrations is recommended as sticking to the diet will become more difficult during such times. But straying from the exclusion diet during holidays and festive season comes with a price as the negative symptoms will come rushing back. After the holidays it is essential that the diet is restarted as soon as possible to regain your health.
In a few people, underlying conditions such as infestation of parasites and fungus, bacteria, virus and other pathogens can either cause symptoms or make food intolerances worse. The biogenetic test will also reveal these pathogens so that they can be effectively treated. In some cases removing these parasites will also remove the food intolerance and allow one to enjoy some of the food not previously tolerated again.
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The Mart-Life Detox Clinic and Spa
Address: 2 Olatunbosun St, Lagos, Nigeria
Phone:0803 406 5569