Sunday 16 December 2018

Could food intolerance be the root cause of your problems?

For optimum health of both body and mind, the gut is often described as ‘the gateway to our health’.

With today’s ‘always-on’ lifestyles and the juggles of family life, many people suspect that it’s just their busy schedules to blame when they are not feeling fully at their peak. But is it more than that?

While popping a headache tablet, taking an indigestion remedy or investing in a new skin cream may provide instant much-needed relief, it might be time to stop, rethink and consider whether food intolerance could be an issue for you. Is it now time to take the simple measure of finding the solution by treating the root cause and not just the symptoms?

Is it your gut health?

Headaches, skin break-outs, bloating, indigestion, unexplained weight issues, irritable bowel, joint pain and more could point towards intolerances to particular foods. More and more research from around the world is emphasising the importance of gut health and what we put into our bodies.

Here are 5 reasons to think about taking a Food Intolerance Test:

1. Food and our Immune System

Over 70% of our immune systems reside within our digestive tract. Good gut flora provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and promotes normal gastrointestinal function.

Good nutrition is the foundation of good health – but only if you are eating the foods that suit your body best. Our bodies and our nutritional needs change throughout our lives and each stage requires adequate sustenance and nutrition. Women have particular life-stages that require care and men’s health has been in the spotlight like never before and making the right and balanced food choices can fortify a body both inside and out and future-proof our health.

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2. Food Intolerance and Inflammation

Martin Healy is Clinic Founder and Director of Fitzwilliam Food Test, Ireland’s first and longest established clinic, specialising in food intolerance testing. The group consists of a network of pharmacists, nutritional therapists, doctors and associated practitioners spread throughout the country. Cambridge Nutritional Sciences is their laboratory and parent company.

“Food intolerance triggers a process known as inflammation. In addition to digestive problems, inflammation is common to most of the chronic diseases of our time. Internationally respected scientists like Fasano and Vojdant highlight the link between diet, digestive capability, gut permeability, inflammation and these associated diseases. Having worked in professional practice for over 30 years, we were the first to introduce the new generation, food specific, IgG food intolerance test into Ireland in 1998.”

3.  What Can a Food Test Determine?

“When poorly digested foods (food intolerance) pass through the digestive tract, the immune system produces antibodies which are specific to the undigested (intolerant) foods,” explains Martin Healy. “The Food Intolerance Test - which is CE Marked to comply with EU standards - has been specifically designed to detect these food specific antibodies. From this, our team of nutritional therapists can construct an elimination diet where the person avoids these specific foods. Having changed their diet, the majority of people will know within a couple of weeks if this approach is going to help.”

4.  It’s Simple and Specialist

So how does a food test work? At the clinic, a trained practitioner will first assess your case with an interview. A blood sample will be taken and then sent for laboratory analysis. There are many tests available, from a 200 food intolerance test, to a 93 food intolerance test to a 60 food intolerance test to many other specialist tests. When the results are in, the readings will be interpreted for you and you will be given thorough advice on how best to implement any necessary dietary changes. For convenience, a mail order test is now also available.

5. You Can See Very Significant Improvements 

While some conditions can stem from more serious health problems and it is always advisable to consult closely with your GP, the great news is that many conditions – such as irritable bowel, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, sinusitis, migrane etc. can be nothing more than manifestations of inflammation caused by food intolerance. 

“Conditions relating to food intolerance begin when the digestive system is no longer able to process particular foods as they pass down through the digestive tract. The end result is the build-up of many poisonous intestinal toxins”, explains Martin Healy.

“If the problem foods can be identified accurately and removed from the diet, there can be a very significant improvement in health”, he says. “The great news is that there is always an alternative food that you can include in your diet to replace any of the problem ones, so that you can continue to enjoy a healthy, rich, balanced diet.”

If you want to thrive in 2018 both personally and professionally, taking time to make the simple and correct choices around what you put into your body could help to future-proof your health today for tomorrow.

Could food intolerance be the root cause of your illness? Treat the root cause and not just the symptoms. Go to Ireland’s leading food test clinic, www.fitzwilliamfoodtest.com to book your test today.

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