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, a range of preservatives, antioxidants, colours and flavours.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is common. It is reported in 20% of all Australians. IBS is a functional gut concern that affects the quality of life of many Australians. It impacts lifestyle by causing sufferers to experience excessive wind out the bottom end (flatus), tummy bloating, discomfort or even pain around the abdomen and altered bowel habits. Bowel habits could be loose or hard, and sometimes both can occur alternatively from day to day. Getting to the toilet with urgency can be another feature in some people and all these symptoms combined can make socialising or even leaving home a very stressful and anxiety-provoking event.
IBS symptoms can be brought about by stress alone, however in 80% of cases, avoiding fermentable sugars (which are present in various foods, even those considered healthy core foods) can bring about releif from these bothersome gut symptoms.
We utilise a low fermentable sugar 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 our clients with IBS so it is absolutely a worthwhile first approach we use to help out. We provide a 7 page guide to this dietary approach and offer an eating plan to easily bring it all together and help you get started on this quickly. Keep in mind, sometimes stress acts independently of food at inducing functional gut symptoms, so appropriate management of stress is always encouraged throughout the process.
When the initial dietary period of 6 weeks is completed, we asses your progress towards 'symptom-free status' and move you onto challenging the gut systematically with foods that contain high amounts of a particular fermntable sugar. By going through this process gradually, it allows for effective diagnosis of the fermentable sugar that your body cannot tolerate. By managaing the foods that contain these fermentable sugars, you gain greater control of your symptoms. This helps you to bring back a greater variety of "safe" foods to help you achieve nourishemnt without experiencing annoying gut symptoms. Going through this systematic process has had great lifestyle improvements for many of our clients.
To learn more about our approach or to book an appoitnment, get in touch with us.