Recently, I have been frequently asked about Food Intolerances. As a result, I have come to the realisation that many people do not have a very clear understanding of what Food Intolerances actually are, or of what role they play in our bodies and brains. Let us, therefore, discuss this topic and clarify the differences between allergies and intolerances.
First of all, Food Intolerances differ from Food Allergies. A food Allergy causes a specific immune reaction and is mediated by immunoglobulin E (IgE). A Food Allergy is a response to food proteins, resulting from the body’s release of histamine that triggers a cascade of serious symptoms, such as flushing, itchy skin, wheezing, vomiting, throat swelling, and even anaphylaxis. These reactions can occur immediately following exposure to certain allergens. Obviously, such reactions can be life threatening, and it is very important to identify your personal allergens and minimise your exposure to them. It is also vital to learn how to recognise a severe allergic reaction and to know how to deal with it.
At the same time, a Food Intolerance is mediated by non-specific immune responses and is associated with immunoglobulin G (IgG), the body’s reflex to attack anything that is identified as foreign. The mechanism of Food Intolerances involves a release of inflammatory chemicals which then cause damage and inflammation in different tissues and organs. This can take place in any part of the body such as the gut; causing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms, in the joints; producing symptoms of arthritis, in the head; producing migraines, and so on. The symptoms of Food Intolerance generally take longer to materialise and they become noticeable several hours after ingesting the offending food. In some cases, symptoms may take up to 48 hours to appear and can remain for several days. This makes it very difficult to identify the real cause of the symptoms.
The effect of food-induced activation of the immune system can, initially, not be very obvious, but may become very serious over time. The continuous intake of food causing local micro-inflammation in the intestinal tissue, can spread the inflammation to other tissues and organs. Any system, for instance the nervous, hormonal and metabolic systems, can be affected and symptoms may vary considerably. This makes the whole situation complicated and the initial cause of the symptoms may be masked and difficult to identify.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT UNIDENTIFIED, HIDDEN FOOD INTOLERANCES CAUSE ONGOING INFLAMMATION IN THE BODY AND BRAIN.
In children, this inflammation disrupts information processing, interrupts reading and direction comprehension, and shortens the attention span. It also messes with neurotransmitters, which are responsible for emotional and behavioural responses, and is what leads to children’s inability to sit still and creates emotional outbursts.
Nowadays more and more people develop Food Intolerances, especially children with special educational needs and compromised immune systems. Therefore, it is very important to identify the hidden cause of inflammation that may be making your, and your children’s, life so much more difficult.
Furthermore, I have excellent news for you! THE FOOD INTOLERANCE TEST IS INCREDIBLY EASY TO DO! There is no need to go to any hospital or laboratory, you do not need to wait for your appointment in a waiting room and there is no need ti think of ways to entertain or occupy your child. You do not need to take time off from work and your child doesn’t need to miss school. You can simply do it at home at your own personal convenience! You can prepare your child slowly for this process, so that they are not afraid, so that they are aware of exactly what is happening and why. Then, once both you and your child are ready, you can perform the sample collection. All this means is pricking your child’s finger using a specially provided device and collecting four drops of blood on a special card. Once you are done, you simply send this card back to a laboratory, directly from your home. It is, therefore, an absolutely stress-free process! In two weeks’ time, you will receive results that will help resolve many of your child’s health issues and could very well be life changing.
However, this doesn’t mean that you should buy any tests online and do everything without any guidance! Be careful! Some tests are not very reliable and not very accurate. You could end up wasting your money and time, simply to get misleading results, which you will then try to implement in life. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ORDER THIS TEST FROM A GOOD CERTIFIED LABORATORY THROUGH A REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL. Then, ideally, the results should be explained and interpreted by your practitioner. You should receive a clear, specific action plan based on your profile and personal circumstances.
This is why I would like to offer you my help and assistance with this process. I am working with the best laboratories and have extensive experience in dealing with the results of such tests. An IgG Food Intolerance test typically checks from 55-184 different foods and gives you a report as to how much chronic inflammation and adverse reaction particular foods cause upon consumption. The test delivers results as values of high, moderate, and low. After correctly avoiding the foods that cause high and moderate levels of reaction, and after following the gut-healing protocol, it is possible that up to 80% of Food Intolerances will disappear and that the avoided foods can be carefully introduced back into the diet. However, the price for this test varies from 200 to 300 Euros and, unfortunately, cannot be reimbursed by medical insurance.
So, if you or your child have any of the most common symptoms of food intolerance listed below, please consider doing the incredibly EASY Food Intolerance test. Please remember that this small investment could save you lots of time, money and, most importantly, HEALTH in the future!
List of symptoms associated with Food Intolerance:
- Diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, IBS, reflux, stomach ache
- Eczema, psoriasis, rashes, urticaria
- Migraines, headaches, memory problems, mood swings, depression, ADHD, ASD
- Cough, sinusitis, runny nose
- Chronic fatigue, feeling under the weather, general lack of energy
- Obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, inability to lose weight, weight loss
- Stiff or sore joints, arthritis, tendonitis
- Reduced immune status against viral infections, allergies, autoimmune disease
To conclude, in order to avoid any serious long-term conditions caused by hidden food intolerances, which may then complicate an already tricky health situation enormously and may have a hugely negative impact on academic performance, I would recommend performing this test and to follow sensible temporary diet recommendations based on the results.
Please contact me for more information and to book the test. You can also do it directly via my website: https://www.liverightautismcoach.com/services