Do you suspect you might be reacting to a particular food or group of foods? Food reactions are a common problem now days with an estimated 45% of the population being affected. Whilst not life-threatening, food sensitivities can have a negative impact on the sufferers quality of life.

Reactions to foods can be obvious and occur immediately after the ingestion of the food substance. However in many cases the reaction is far less obvious as it may build up over several hours or days causing non-specific symptoms. This is why many people are living with food sensitivities without realising it. When struggling to identify other causes of symptoms, it may be the result of a food sensitivity creating havoc in your body.

Symptoms of food sensitivities include, but are not limited to;

  • bloating & indigestion
  • diarrhoea & constipation
  • Irritable Bowel syndrome
  • anxiety
  • unexplained coughing
  • Skin conditions
  • migraines & headaches
  • sleep disturbances
  • fatigue
  • weight control problems
  • foggy thinking

While food sensitivity symptoms are caused by your immune system reacting to a food substance, the health of your digestive system is a key component in developing sensitivities of this nature. It’s for this reason that it is important to address both the immune system and repair digestive function before resolution of the sensitivity can occur.

There are two ways that a food sensitivity can be determined. A carefully constructed elimination diet, or a test that measures your immune reaction to a selection of foods that are most likely to cause this type of reaction. Both of these options have their advantages which is why we offer both options in clinic.

It is important to note that a food allergy and a food intolerance are different to a sensitivity. These terms often get misused and can cause confusion in some instances. 

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general interest and education only. It is not designed to replace the advice of your doctor or natural therapist. Herbal and nutritional medicines should be prescribed by a health professional trained in these fields to ensure they are both safe and beneficial.