Could the food that you are eating be causing your tiredness, spots, irritibilty , memory loss or digestive problems? Food intolerance is far more common than true allergy and it can produce a range of symptoms from mild to more severe. However, although it can be detrimental to health it is not normally life threatening. Food intolerance is still a controversial topic as its causes are not as well established or understood like true allergy. Unlike true allergy it appears that there may be many causal factors involved and it is likely to be a combination of factors that lead to it rather than just one. Food intolerance may cause a very wide range of symptoms.
In the digestive system there can be bloating, nausea, wind, pain, diarrhoea or constipation. The skin may be involved and show rash and become itchy or the nose and sinuses or eyes may become blocked, runny or irritated. There can be headache or migraine or general symptoms such as fatigue, aching muscles or joint pains. There may be rapid weight loss or gain. Other symptoms such as exaggerated stress symptoms, memory loss , concentration difficulties and depression may be contributed to or possibly caused by food intolerance . Sufferers may show just one or two symptoms or a whole host of symptoms and this is why it can be difficult to diagnose. Foods may not be the only suspects in these cases as sensitivity to pollution, pollens, chemicals, animals, dust, dust mite, and moulds for example may also show some similar effects. Another confusion can be that symptoms may show within the hour or days after contact with the offending item .
One cause of food intolerance can be an inefficient digestive system- where foods are inadequately broken down. The walls of the digestive tract could become Â? leakyÂ? allowing partially digested foods through into the blood stream causing adverse reactions. Another cause can be a enzyme deficiency such as milk intolerance ( different to milk allergy) where the cause can be a lack of lactase Â? the enzyme responsible for breaking down milk sugars. The problem may also be an accumulation of minor health problems over a period of time which have gradually weakened the mechanisms by which we absorb, digest and excrete out foods. Many factors can be implicated in this including stress or trauma, viral illness, long term drug abuse or medications including anti-biotics, an accident , an inherited susceptibility , alcohol abuse , long term poor diet or bad eating habits or a combination of any of these.If you suspect you suffer a food intolerance identifying the problem food and any underlying causes can be a major step to reclaiming your wellbeing.
Information in this article should not be used as replacement for medical advice. Any symptoms of concern should always be checked by a doctor.
About the author:
Donna Milligan is a Nutritional and Scio Bioresonance therapist who helps her clients with a range of conditions from IBS, skin and hormonal issues to allergy , mild depression and fatigue among others . Her consultations include Wellness MOTS, Allergy/Intolerance Analysis and Menopause Naturally Consultations as well as postal nutritional consults. Specialises in making programmes suitable for the individual.More info at www.scio-wellness.com or call 01234 838880
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