Do you experience bloating, excess wind, gas, abdominal discomfort, constipation or diarrhea? Or perhaps you get migraines, reflux, rashes, itchy skin or sinus issues and don’t know why?
It is possible you have a food intolerance.
As an Accredited Practising Dietitian, I specialise in food intolerances and can help you to investigate your food triggers and implement dietary change to get you feeling fabulous again.
To understand more about the different types of food intolerances please read on:
FODMAPs are by far the most common culprit for food intolerances. They are types of carbohydrates, which have been found to trigger symptoms in those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common condition affecting 1 in 5 people. Many people go undiagnosed, but if you have IBS-like symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarroeah and/or constipation, it is important that you see your doctor to first rule out other serious conditions such as coeliac disease and bowel cancer.
A low FODMAP diet has been scientifically proven to be the most effective treatement for IBS, with 78% achieving symptom relief. This diet is the basis of my FODMAP Reset program which involves a multi-step elimination and reintroduction phase to help people gain symptom relief and identify their individual food triggers.
Food Chemical Intolerance
While FODMAP issues tend to produce only stomach and bowel symptoms, natural food chemical intolerance tend to cause symptoms that involve more than just the gut, symptoms may include one or more of the following:
The skin: skin swelling, rashes, eczema, hives and itchy skin
The nervous system: headaches, migraines, mood disturbances, fatigue, sleep issues and flu like aches and pains
The airways: sinus issues, hay fever, asthma
The gut: stomach and bowel symptoms, reflux, mouth ulcers, nausea
Natural food chemicals such as salicylates, amines and glutamates are found in many food, including healthy food such as fruits and vegetables. If a food chemical intolerance is suspected you will be placed on the RPAH Chemical Elimination diet. This will then be followed by a series of “food challenges” which help pinpoint which group of foods play a role in your symptoms (and just as importantly which ones don't!). I will then help you to work out your own individual tolerance to the problem foods, so that your diet can be less restrictive and easier to follow.
Other Food Intolerances
I can also help you manage the following intolerances:
Coeliac disease gluten intolerance
Non-coeliac gluten intolerance
Food intolerances are tricky to figure out on your own. Everyone is different in terms of their tolerance levels so it’s highly recommended that you follow any elimination diets under the guidance of an experienced dietitian. Ultimately food intolerances should be about moderation in the long-term, not complete restriction. You only need to restrict initially to work out what you need to moderate. Once the problem foods and your individual tolerance level have been identified, I will work with you to build a healthy balanced diet that is nutritionally adequate so you aren't missing out on important nutrients when you take out certain foods.