We have a range of tools that can assist you in investigating, identifying and forming a diagnosis for any food intolerances that you may be experiencing. Usually we can achieve symptom-free status in 3-6 weeks using validated dietary approaches from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Monash University. Should you have already identified your specific food intolerances, we can support you with advice on achieving the best possible nourishment, whilst achieving good symptom control with personalised eating plans that keep your food intake balanced.
Symptoms of food intolerances can vary between different people so a personalised approach is essential in achieving favourable outcomes. Some of the more common symptoms attributable to foods include:
- Skin symptoms: skin swelling, eczema, recurrent hives (urticaria) and other rashes
- Respiratory symptoms: sinus problems, wheezing, asthma, chronic cough
- Gut symptoms: chronic mouth ulcers, sore throat, reflux, nausea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) including excessive wind (flatus), abdominal bloating, abdominal discomfort,
- Neurological symptoms: migraine or other headaches, hyperactivity or other behaviour disturbances, irritability and mood changes, problems with thinking, restless legs
- Other symptoms: joint and muscle pain, fatigue.
There are numerous food chemicals (both naturally occurring and synthetically produced and added to foods) that can induce these symptoms listed above. Chemicals that can do this include Salicylates, amines, glutamates, numerous preservatives, antioxidants, colours and flavours.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) specifically is now reported at some stage of life in 20% of Australians. IBS is a functional gut concern that affects the quality of life of many people. The most notable symptoms are: excessive wind (flatus), abdominal bloating, abdominal discomfort, and altered bowel habits. Bowel habits may be expressed as loose bowel motions or constipation, and even both can occur alternatively from day to day.
An inability to absorb fermentable sugars (even naturally present in various healthful foods) leaves one with IBS in a situation with bothersome gut symptoms. Because IBS symptoms are attributable to fermentable sugars and high stress, the best resolution of symptoms comes about when avoiding excessive intake of fermentable sugars and managing stress as best as is able.
We utilise the Monash University Low FODMAP Diet to assist our IBS clients to become symptom-free in 6 weeks. This approach has been effective at achieving symptom-free status in 80% of cases of IBS, however sometimes stress acts independently of food at inducing functional gut symptoms.
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