TREATMENT ARTICLE

Food Intolerances

This treatment article discusses what the condition is, and how it can affect you and your diet.  I also explain how an appointment with me can help you to navigate your diet, if you have this condition.

Food Intolerances

Lots of people often associate gut symptoms with eating, therefore it can often raise the question, do I have a food intolerance?  In an attempt to answer this, people will often go through a process of excluding different foods groups, sometimes with minimal improvements in their symptoms. 

Furthermore, people are increasing turning to various intolerance tests, which often result in receiving a long list of foods to avoid.  Both of these processes can result in people avoiding foods unnecessarily, which can result in more harm than good.

Unfortunately, a lot of the food intolerance tests available have limited scientific evidence to support them, and the only way to identify a food intolerance is to trial a process of food restriction, followed by food re-introduction. 

 It can be really difficult and confusing to know where to start with this process, so if you suspect you may have a food intolerance, during our appointment we will initially discuss your history and symptoms. I can then advise which approach may be best for you in order to explore whether you have an intolerance to a specific food or component, or whether there may be another cause for your symptoms, such irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), all whilst ensuring your diet remains nutritionally balanced.

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