Food intolerance is a very common problem and appears to be affecting an increasing number of people. In some people, food can give unpleasant symptoms, ranging from food sensitivity (wine can make you flushed), through to violent reactions (melon can make your lips swell up, or peanuts can make your wind-pipe close).

True food allergy causes immediate reactions and is likely to occur with foods such as eggs, peanuts, shellfish, and melon, to name but a few.

Food intolerance is something different and is commonly seen with wheat and dairy foods, milk sugar (lactose), and even with specific plant groups such as the onion family. Intolerance to a particular food will not always cause symptoms immediately, often taking from a few hours to a few days to show up.

Food intolerance happens when your gut lining is compromised by bad nutrition, lifestyle habits and other factors. The digestive system is no longer able to process particular foods as they pass down the digestive tract. The end result is the build-up of many poisonous intestinal toxins, which causes an inflamed gut.

Instead of being impermeable and solid, your inflamed gut becomes permeable — which is also called “leaky gut”. If this happens, undigested food particles and toxins start leaching into your blood from microscopic holes found in your intestine. These toxins are then carried throughout the body where they cause immune reactions and inflammation in other organs and body systems.

Some Typical Manifestations of Food Intolerance

  • Food cravings for one or more specific foods
  • Digestive discomfort (bloating, belching, diarrhoea or constipation)
  • Fatigue or sleepiness soon after a meal
  • Joint and muscle pain or stiffness
  • Skin problems (eczema, acne, hives, dermatitis, psoriasis)
  • Dark circles and puffiness under eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine headaches
  • Respiratory problems (asthma)
  • Sinusitis, rhinitis
  • Mood swings
  • Fluid retention
  • In children: hyperactive, ADHD, poor attention, autism


How to Identify and Reverse Food Intolerance

The good news is that food intolerance can be reversed. The bad news is that you need the right information, and you also need to put some serious work into avoiding these allergenic foods for a while.

The objective of the Food Intolerance Test is to find the particular foods, which are causing IgG antibody reactions and inflammation. The test consists of taking a few drops of blood using our simple finger prick blood collection wick system. The sample is then posted to the laboratories of Cambridge Nutritional Sciences UK and analysed for IgG antibody reactions to a maximum of 200 food and drink ingredients.

Once we have identified your food and drink intolerances, I will show you at my clinic and also in my book, ‘Getting Healthy Naturally’, the different protocols to get rid of the inflammation in your gut, and eventually get rid of your food intolerance.