What Is Food Intolerance?
A food intolerance is referred to as an inability to digest particular food items. This is either due to a lack of digestive enzymes or sensitivity due to overconsumption. Food allergies and food intolerances are commonly misconstrued as being the same thing. Symptoms of a food intolerance are often comparable to those of an allergy. However, there is one key defining factor between the two. A food intolerance has nothing to do with your immune system (rather, your digestive system) and quite often will not be diagnosed by your general food allergy test or general practitioner.
At Capalaba Natural Health, we are leaders in food intolerance testing in Brisbane. With a quick skin prick test, we can diagnose which food intolerance you may have and get you on the right track to improving your well-being.
While a food intolerance is rarely life-threatening, the adverse effects can alter the way you live. As food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies can mimic other diseases, it can be complicated for an individual to determine which foods or food products they’re reacting to. Our team of naturopaths and nutritionists are qualified to carry out food intolerance tests and can assist with interpreting the results. The most common food intolerances include Dairy, Wheat, Yeast and Gluten. Reducing or eliminating these foods can significantly reduce symptoms.
Food Intolerance Symptoms
We see a variety of symptoms caused by sensitivity to certain foods including lethargy, fogginess and a general feeling of being unwell. Often, people can experience stomach pain, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and feeling gassy. These symptoms often persist for many years and patients often report that visits to their doctor have not resolved their problems.
Interestingly, most people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, often find that the majority of their symptoms are really just food intolerances. These clients often get a significant health benefit from eliminating these foods.
Our test for food intolerances is performed in our Brisbane clinic. Results are available quickly, with results available within an hour. Completing this test in our clinic will save hundreds of dollars in comparison to laboratory testing. This simple test will check your reaction to 59 commonly eaten foods including:
- Nuts & Beans
- Other foods including Eggs, Cow’s Milk, Ginger, Mushroom, Tea & Yeast
Food Sensitivity or Food Allergy?
While symptoms of food intolerance tend to overlap with food allergies, it is important to note that reactions usually only occur when an individual’s threshold to certain food chemicals is reached and will not cause anaphylaxis. Additionally, symptoms of food intolerance take longer to emerge than food allergies, with reactions sometimes only appearing up to 72 hours after eating the trigger food. On average, individuals are diagnosed with four to six foods that can trigger a reaction.
The most reliable way to manage food intolerance is with an elimination diet. Removing the food that is triggering the symptoms from the diet reduces the symptoms and improves the patients quality of life.
Working with a qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist ensures that any changes to your diet are supervised to provide optimum nutrition while also improving your well being.
Food Intolerance Test Benefits
After reducing or eliminating the foods based on your Food Intolerance test results, you should notice a reduction in bloating, pain, discomfort and nausea. Often people also experience an increase in energy levels, reduced brain fog and may even notice a reduction in your weight and hip circumferences. Your quality of life should significantly improve. Many people suffer for years with food intolerances, often forming their own type of coping mechanism to deal with the symptoms. This does, however, affect your physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Set up by naturopath, Tony Daniel, in 2003, the team at Capalaba Natural Health share your goal of wanting you to achieve a healthier and happier life. By taking a food intolerance test at Capalaba Natural Health, we are determined to help you live the lifestyle you deserve with an increased social life and vitality and reduced pain levels.
Book A Food Intolerance Test
Concerned about your health or the well-being of a friend or family member? Our professional team of naturopaths at Capalaba Natural Health can help determine the cause of your symptoms and get you well on the way to living a healthier and happier life. Book a food intolerance test today and receive the results in a mere 45 minutes!
As an alternative choice to lab testing, we offer a more affordable option for food intolerance tests in Brisbane. The results can help you with weight loss, managing fatigue and regaining vitality, reducing your stress levels and eliminating digestive issues.