Food Intolerance – You suffer and nobody seems to want to help !!! – Well we do !
Allergies vs Food Intolerance – What is the difference ?
As we spend many of our waking hours eating and drinking it can be difficult to determine when we experience certain symptoms like the severity of migraine headaches, rashes (such as hives) or the stomach upset of irritable bowel whether it is triggered by allergy or the substances, which are contained in the foods we eat.
Foods that tend to cause intolerance reactions in sensitive people include:
- Dairy products, including milk, cheese and yoghurt
Eggs, particularly egg white
Flavour enhancers such as MSG (monosodium glutamate)
Strawberries, citrus fruits and tomatoes
Wine, particularly red wine, histamine and other amines in some foods
Could You Be Suffering From Dairy Intolerance?
Dairy intolerance is sensitivity to anything that is made from or contains cow’s milk. Those who are suffering from dairy intolerance experience a reaction to dairy because they are intolerant to the proteins in milk. Goat’s milk is the easiest for humans to digest, because goat’s milk proteins are most similar to the protein found in human milk.
What is lactose intolerance?
For some people, intolerance to dairy is caused by an inability to digest the sugars (lactase) in milk products. Others may experience a reaction to dairy because they are intolerant to the proteins in milk. In this case, you could drink lactose-free milk and still have a reaction to it because you are actually intolerant to the protein in the milk. This is a sign that you could be suffering from a type III dairy intolerance, and this is what ImuPro tests for. You could be negative to lactose intolerance and positive in the ImuPro test. Click here to find out more about type III dairy intolerance.
Gluten is the general name for the storage of proteins found in wheat, oats, rye, and barley. It is the substance that gives the rubbery, elastic texture in bread. It helps glue bread and cakes together so they don’t crumble.
There is a huge variety of reactions that occur to gluten, but conventionally trained doctors only recognise Coeliac disease, the most serious type.
What is Coelic disease?
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune-type reaction in which the body reacts so strongly to gluten that it causes malabsorption of nutrients.
It is possible to experience Coeliac disease symptoms but test negative for Coeliac disease.
Wheat intolerance affects around 15% of the population who react to the gluten ingredient found in many wheat products. Gluten is a complex protein used so that the wheat will stick together and rise when baked. Gluten can be found in other grains such as rye and barley, but wheat is the most common form of grain intolerance because it contains more gluten than other grains.
People with wheat intolerance may be able to eat small amounts of the offending foods, but larger amounts can cause them to feel unwell.
Wheat intolerance, wheat allergy and Coeliac Disease are all associated with eating foods containing wheat. Wheat can also trigger or worsen the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Wheat intolerance should not be confused with wheat allergy
Natural substances in foods which may trigger a food intolerance:
- Natural Chemicals are found in the foods we eat. Food is composed of protein, carbohydrate, fat and various nutrients as well as a number of natural chemicals. These naturally occurring molecules often add flavour and smell to food. Sometimes they will trigger symptoms in unlucky individuals.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG, additive numbers 620 and 621) Glutamates also occur naturally in such foods as Camembert cheese, Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, soy sauce and mushrooms. MSG stimulates nerve endings, perhaps accounting for its function as a flavour enhancer when it is added to food.
Vasoactive Amines such as tyramine, serotonin and histamine are well known triggers of migraines in some patients and are present naturally in pineapples, bananas, baked meat, vegetables, red wine, wood-matured white wine, avocados, chocolate, citrus fruits and mature cheese. Amines can act directly on small blood vessels to expand their capacity, perhaps accounting for their effect on flushing, migraines and nasal congestion in some patients.
Salicylates are natural aspirin like compounds (aspirin was originally isolated from the willow tree bark) present in a wide variety of herbs, spices as well as fruit and vegetables. Reactions to these may be even more common than reactions to artificial colours and preservatives. Aspirin can trigger hives (urticaria) by acting directly on skin mast cells. Natural and structurally similar salicylates can also worsen hives in some patients.
Toxins Other than contamination of food with micro-organisms or their products (spoilage, food poisoning), some foods contain toxins than can cause severe symptoms. For example, if some types of fish are stored poorly, their gut bacteria can convert histidine to histamine, resulting in allergy-like symptoms.
Irritants Caffeine and curry are gut irritants and can trigger indigestion in some people.
Our approach at Centro Health is a conservative one and to understand any adverse reactions you may be experiencing. We firstly do this by:-
- Taking a thorough personal and family case history.
Addressing any gut related problems i.e. leaky gut.
Keeping a food and symptoms diary to check for reactive patterns.
Removing all suspect foods for several weeks.
Reintroducing them one at a time to test for reactions.
Evaluating lifestyle factors which may play a role in the amplification of these reactions.
Alongside our Naturopathic approach above we offer a comprehensive range of laboratory tests for food intolerances.
- 100 Test $395
- Provides an individual analysis of the 90 most important foodstuffs. You will receive detailed documentation of our findings.
- An individual book that lists those foodstuffs to which IgG antibodies have been detected.
- A manual that provides you with background information and many hints and aids for a successful change in diet.
- 300 Test $795
- Provides a detailed analysis of your reaction to 270 common problem foods including meats, vegetables, dairy, fruits, spices, thickening agents and preservatives.
- A detailed test report to all 270 foodstuffs highlighting the level of intolerance to each of the trigger foods.
- A personalised Food Rotation Plan and Manual based on your test results.
- A customised recipe book to help you avoid problem foods, without sacrificing enjoyment and variety in your diet.
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Location: 953 Wellington Street, West Perth
Call Centro Health on 08 9226 0561