My skin has been so bad over the past few months I made the decision to have food intolerance testing, as most skin conditions are orientated around diet and digestion.
I saw a nutritionist called Nathalie this afternoon for testing, which was non-invasive and completely painless! The best way I can describe the test is that it was like having a ballpoint pen touching the tip of my finger.
The machine Nathalie used was a Di Etx machine, which is a bio-electronic analyser that measures the body’s electrical resistance to over 120 common foods/drinks and other substances like house dust mites and mixed pollens. If a substance is causing a problem, it will affect the body’s electrical resistance. The test also provided an assessment of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Some of the substances tested included:
wheat – rye – tomatoes – orange – eggs – oats – cow’s milk – cow’s cheese – yogurt – sugar – yeast – coffee – tea – wine – a variety of fruits and vegetables – MSG – aspartame – mixed pollens – pets’ hair.
The consultation lasted just over an hour and included some advice on elimination strategies and alternative foods. The test had shown that I am intolerant to dairy, bananas, coffee, tuna, onion and cabbage. Nathalie made diet recommendations and gave me advice about supplements, including a prescription for Iron, Magnesium Citrate and Milk Thistle. I have booked a follow-up session with her in four weeks time to review my progress and make adjustments if needed.
What are the signs that you may suffer from a food intolerance or sensitivity?
- IBS (stomach cramps, sudden urge to have a bowel movement, a mixture of constipation and diarrhoea etc)
- Skin issues (Eczema, Athletes’ foot..)
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Lethargy, constant fatigue
- Mood swings or depression
- Reoccuring ear or throat infections
- Constant mucous, drippy nose
- Hay fever
- weight issues
- migraines and more..
Will I have to avoid certain foods forever?
You may be advised to eliminate one or more foods that could be giving you problems for a period of six to eight weeks, before carefully re-introducing each substance. Your reactions are monitored during this re-introduction period to assess whether you are better off with or without the food in question. Often people feel fine after the four-six week elimination and are advised to re-introduce the food to their diet. Others may feel better during that elimination period and decide to leave that food out of their diets.
What’s the difference between an allergy and an intolerance?
A food allergy is usually an obvious reaction to a food but food intolerances can be easily missed with vague symptoms that might seem totally unrelated to digestion.
The simple, painless and non-invasive test can give you immediate answers! The food test targets a different part of the immune system than an allergy test. This is an important difference. Any diet changes are well supported with good nutritional advice and tips on making simple meals and snacks.
Common food intolerance include wheat, dairy, eggs, yeast. It is often the foods we eat most of in our diets that can end up being a trigger. Those foods listed above tend to be the most prolific foods in our diets and with such high exposure, a susceptible digestive system may form an intolerance.
70% of our immune system resides in our gut with more immune reactions happening in our digestive system in a day, than in the rest of our bodies in a year.
This means that our digestive system integrity, balance and function can make us susceptible to the immune response that forms food intolerances. When a child is born, both the digestive system and the immune system is not yet fully developed. This is why allergy and food intolerance symptoms are common when kids are little and seem to ‘grow out’ of them.