Food Intolerance

A food intolerance is not the same as a food allergy. Those with food allergies generally know they have them because an allergic response delivers obvious and often immediate symptoms (e.g. welts, tingly skin – worst case scenarios include an anaphylactic shock).

However, when you eat a food to which you are intolerant, a completely different process takes place. Your autonomic nervous system perceives specific food molecules as ‘invaders’. This triggers a reaction that affects your small intestine (in extreme intolerances your body will also try to defend you by releasing a protective fluid). This not only causes inflammation and damage to your intestinal tract, it also inhibits absorption of nutrients.

Over time, if you continue to eat food(s) you are not tolerating, then the impact will lead to nutritional deficiencies. It is these deficiencies that cause the symptoms and will be different for each individual. Many common ailments such as migraines, eczema, joint pain, digestive issues, fatigue and even depression often have a food culprit at their source.

There are various methods to test for food intolerance, including blood test, PST (percutaneous skin testing), hair analysis and muscle testing (applied kinesiology). At Healthy Eating, we have designed and developed a quick and effective muscle testing method. Great for the needle-averse!

So, if you can’t explain why you’re not feeling 100% when your diet and exercise regime look to be fine, you may have a food intolerance.

Whilst 6 foods are responsible for 80% of intolerances, you can be intolerant to any food:
fruit, vegetable, nut, seed, spice herb, meat, fish…..anything!

You may wish to keep a food and symptom diary to see if you can identify any culprits (….it’s not always gluten!).

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