Food Intolerance Test Melbourne – Many people have health problems that are caused, triggered, or perpetuated by the foods they eat every day—and some don’t even know it.

Food intolerance is a detrimental reaction, often delayed, to a food, beverage, food additive, or compound found in foods that produces symptoms in one or more body organs and systems, but generally refers to reactions other than food allergy. Food hypersensitivity is used to refer broadly to both food intolerances and food allergies. – Wikipedia

Back in the seventies and eighties when I grew up there was very little talk about reactions to foods. Sure, there was the occasional kid, but nothing like today.

Today school protocols have changed, no longer are kids sent out into the playground with lunchboxes in hand. They eat indoors supervised, discouraged from sharing foods, before being let loose into the playgrounds. All part of a strategic masterplan to limit food related incidents in schools that seem to be getting bigger, more widespread and complex each year.

Food reactions, which ranges from intolerance, sensitivities or allergies are all escalating at an alarming rate. Of course, all a little different in how they happen in the body but will make you feel similar.

Why Are Food Intolerances on the Rise?

Our immune systems are going haywire. Ideally, protecting us from bacteria and viruses. Now they’re attacking poorly digested food particles or even our own body tissues.

Why? I’m thinking it has a lot to do with how we are tampering with our environment, foods and the ever increasing number of chemicals and substances that are unleashed upon us each year.

Autoimmune diseases are on the rise in recent years, with an estimated 25 -50 million people struggling with one or more of roughly 140 autoimmune problems – asthma, eczema, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hayfever, cancer, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis….

Food intolerances can act as a driver for autoimmune diseases in susceptible individuals, keeping immune systems primed to cross react with bodily tissues or organs in susceptible people under the right conditions. Did you know once you have one autoimmune disease you can get many?

19 Clues of Food Intolerance

Here are most common symptoms of food reactivities I see people struggling with. You may have one or a combination of many.

  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Acid reflux
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Sinus infections
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) – swing from constipation to diarrhea
  • Weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Migraines
  • Stomach cramps
  • Hayfever
  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmune disease – psoriasis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, coeliac….

To understand food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances, we have to look where the majority of the immune system resides and where digestion occurs. It just so happens that both of these are in the same place.

The gastrointestinal system is home to around 75 percent of your immune system and is also where your food is digested and absorbed. As Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said, “All disease begins in the gut.” That’s why I believe that overcoming food reactivities has to be centered around healing your gut.

Your microbiome, the trillions of bacteria and yeast in your gut, regulate the immune system in many dynamic and intricate ways. Research suggests that bacterial imbalances in the microbiome can lead to immune dysregulation and allergies or intolerances with foods.

Other gut problems like candida overgrowth, SIBO, and leaky gut syndrome can all be added stressors to the balance of the immune system. In leaky gut syndrome, for example, if foods are passing through the gut lining into the bloodstream, this can cause the immune system to react to just about any foods, triggering inflammation throughout the body. I’ve seen even the healthiest foods cause food reactivities in people with these underlying gut problems.

If you’re going through some of the problems listed above, it’s important to uncover which foods your body is not tolerating and WHY it has started. What are the underlying causes?

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Life is too short to feel crappy all the time!

Julie (Feeling Great Naturopath)