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Spotlight on food intolerances.

Every week I am working with people of all ages suffering from ‘tummy problems’. Their symptoms can be any of the following. Abdominal cramping, indigestion, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and unpredictable bowel movements. Many of them have paid a visit to their GP only to be told that they have I.B.S. or irritable bowel syndrome.

I.B.S. is really just a label that is being dished out to anyone with any of the symptoms above. Even though a diagnosis is given, there is very little help offered from G.P.s and nurses. Laxatives and anti-spasmodic medications are not an ideal route to follow. I believe that information gained from a Vega Test combined with good nutritional therapy, brings far greater rewards.

Food intolerances can be a factor in many of these inconvenient symptoms. Food intolerance, also known as non-IgE mediated food hypersensitivity or non-allergic food hypersensitivity, refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. It is important to note that food intolerance is different from food allergy. Food allergies trigger the immune system, while food intolerance does not.

So as well as identifying problem foods we also need to look at the health of the gut. For some reason your digestive system is unable to break down the food you eat into small enough pieces, meaning that the gut cannot properly absorb it. It may also be necessary to look at stress management as stress can greatly hinder good digestion. My ‘deluxe option’ intolerance test was created for exactly this reason. Following this program may mean that you won’t have to avoid your favourite foods forever.

Food intolerances can also be a factor in common ailments such as nasal congestion, asthma, skin rashes, mood swings, hormonal imbalance and low energy.

So if you have not looked at the possibilty that you may have food intolerances, it really is a good place to start. We also check for weaknesses in the digestive system, candida and vitamin/mineral deficiencies.

If you had a food intolerance test 9 months or more ago, now is a good time to have a re- test. Some foods may no longer be a problem for you and you could therefore re- introduce them carefully back into your diet. Your vitamin and mineral needs will more than likely be different to what they were 6 months ago. A recent illness (such as covid), infection or hectic living can reduce your nutrient levels considerably. Doing a re-test will bring new information which can help to maintain a healthy balance.

Follow-up nutritional support and stress management is always available after all of my tests. You may also like Gut-directed Hypnotherapy. To find out more, just give me a ring on 07807255921.

jackie barber