What Is Food Intolerance?
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.
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, because 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.
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 testing 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 problems with their gut health such as 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 testing for food intolerances is performed in our Brisbane clinic. Results are available quickly, usually 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 patient’s 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.
Benefits of Food Intolerance Testing
After reducing or eliminating the foods based on your Food Intolerance testing 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 offering food intolerance testing at Capalaba Natural Health in Brisbane, we help you live the lifestyle you deserve with an increased social life and vitality and reduced pain levels.
Concerned about your health or the well-being of a friend or family member? Our professional team of Brisbane 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 your food intolerance testing today and receive the results in a mere 45 minutes!
Our food intolerance testing is a more affordable option to lab testing in Brisbane. Determining your food intolerances can help you with weight loss, managing fatigue and regaining vitality, reducing your stress levels and eliminating digestive problems.
Take the first step toward a healthier lifestyle, contact one of our friendly staff today on (07) 3823 3103 to book a consultation and arrange food intolerance testing with one of the health professionals at Capalaba Natural Health!
Food Intolerance Testing FAQs
At Capalaba Natural Health, our experienced team of Naturopaths can administer a food intolerance test and have your results in as little as 45 minutes! Book a food intolerance test today to get started eliminating digestive issues, managing fatigue, regaining vitality, reducing your stress levels and losing weight.
An allergy occurs when the immune system of the body responds to proteins in food or other things like pollen, bee stings and medicine. This can cause allergic reactions like itching, coughing, rashes and anaphylaxis in extreme cases. Allergy symptoms usually appear much sooner than food intolerance symptoms.
Food intolerance, on the other hand, is not based on an immunological response and is not usually diagnosed by a food allergy test. Symptoms can also take much longer to surface, sometimes up to 72 hours after ingestion. Food sensitivity or hypersensitivity are terms that are occasionally used instead of intolerance or allergy.
If you think you may suffer from food intolerance, get in touch with one of the specialists here at Capalaba Natural Health by calling 07 3823 3103 or using our contact details. Our naturopaths will work with you to create a food & diet plan to help you feel healthier today!
It’s difficult to estimate the exact frequency of food intolerance in the public because many people aren’t tested or diagnosed. Food intolerances that are commonly diagnosed include:
- Nuts & Beans
- Other foods including Eggs, Ginger, Banana, Mushroom & Tea
The best way to manage food intolerance is with an elimination diet. Stopping consumption of the food or foods that you believe are causing your discomfort after you’ve identified them should begin to alleviate symptoms within two weeks (since that’s roughly how long your body needs to reset itself). It may also take a few days for your body to adjust to a new dietary plan.
Working with a qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist ensures that any changes to your diet are supervised to provide the best effects while also ensuring you have enough nutrition to live and feel heatlhy.
Food intolerance are usually identified in childhood, but they can also appear later in life. As you get older or change your diet, your body may acquire an intolerance to specific foods. A sudden sensitivity to particular foods can also emerge as a result of long-term use of medications such as antibiotics, a stressful life event or fighting a major illness.
Because food intolerance is often a sign of some underlying illness, such as gut dysbiosis (a reduction in microbial diversity), infections or low stomach acid, determining the reason for the intolerance is key to curing the intolerance itself.
Food sensitivities, on the other hand, are often not permanent since they do not involve the immune system. Food sensitivities tend to subside when the body has had time to recover from the underlying issue. Many people can consume some of the foods they were once previously sensitive to, even if only in reduced amounts.