Our aim is always to get to the root cause of your food intolerance

Not always a straightforward process

However we have a well proven process to narrow down the cause

Use this page to learn about the Root and Branch of Allergies and Food Intolerances

Allergies

Allergies can be frustrating and confusing
How did an allergy develop in the first place and why has it manifested into symptoms such as eczema, rashes, sinus, sneezing, watery eyes, bloating, diarrhoea, headaches or migraines ? And not just these …. the list goes on and on.
Allergy symptoms can be experienced from birth, infancy, teens or adulthood (late onset).
Confused??? There is so much information available that understanding allergies can become overwhelming.

You may find yourself asking:

• what type of allergy do I have is it airborne, food related, or both?
• what foods should I and shouldn’t be eating?
• what tests should I be having?
• what medications should I take pharmaceutical or natural medicines?

To help you Understand

There are 4 basic presentations of symptoms:

•Allergens
•Histamine
•Salicylates
•FODMAPs

And 6 basic Root Causes

•Dysbiosis
•Gut Infection
•Immune Dysfunction
•Gut Damage
•Hypothyriodism
•Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

How to tell the wood from the trees ?

What is firstly required is a good understanding of a persons:-

• Gastrointestinal function
• Immune function
• Stress levels
• Diet
• Lifestyle activities

Our Processes are designed and our Practitioners are trained to tease out all of these issues and to maximise the chances of methodically determining the root cause and therefore the most effective pathway to relief.

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A Food Intolerance is not the same as an Allergy.

Intolerance or hypersensitivity ( a digestive system issue ) happens in response to naturally occurring chemicals in foods such as histamine (e.g. in aged cheese, red wine). Food additives like MSG fall into this category and can cause reactivity.

Intolerances tend to be more chronic and have less obvious symptoms, the symptoms can manifest between 12 – 72 hours making it harder to directly associate what you have eaten as the cause.

Symptoms experienced vary from headaches, migraines,  variable bowel motions, bloating, gas, trapped wind pain, poor concentration, mood changes and weight gain.  All these symptoms can be attributed to food intolerances.

Firstly it is important to identify which food allergens are causing this discomfort.  We offer a wide range of laboratory tests starting from 60 allergens up to 270 allergens.  Identification is the first step it is very important to remove these damaging allergens in order to allow the first stage of healing to take place.

Secondly, healing the gastrointestinal lining, re-establishing the mucosa and populating with specific probiotics will  increase the tolerance at the GIT wall. This process minimises the reactivity between the GIT wall and the immune system.  When tolerance is built and the reactivity is less the symptoms will begin to abate.

Lactose Intolerance vs Dairy Allergy – What is the difference ?

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding lactose intolerance and a dairy allergy — the terms may sound similar, but they actually describe two different problems, and one is more severe than the other.

Lactose intolerance ( a digestive system issue ) is caused by not having enough of the enzyme lactase, which helps to digest the milk sugar called lactose.  Symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach (abdominal) pain and gas (wind or bloating). This condition is uncomfortable but not dangerous and does not cause rashes or anaphylaxis.  Lactose intolerance can be genetic or caused by damage to the small intestine due to viral, bacterial infection or antibiotics. Lactose intolerance increases with age and is quite common in the elderly.

Allergy tests to cow’s milk proteins are negative in people with a lactose intolerance.

Dairy allergy ( an immune system issue ) is a true food allergy caused by an allergic reaction to the protein in milk. It is most common in infants and children. Dairy allergy used to only refer  to cow’s milk but with the substantial rise in allergies we are now seeing other milks such as goat, sheep, soy and tree nut milks which may also trigger a reactions.

An allergic reaction to cow’s milk usually begins within minutes up to a couple of hours.

A dairy allergy can also cause a reaction in other parts of your body, including the skin and lungs:
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling, often in the lips and face
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in throat
  • Trouble swallowing

Sometimes, if the reaction is mild it is not possible to immediately differentiate between the two. If in doubt, we have lab tests to help make the diagnosis.

Dairy
Allergy

A dairy allergy involves the immune system. Where your body reacts to the proteins in milk and other dairy products.  It releases chemical mediators such as histamine and a variety of symptoms can be experienced eg eczema, rashes, hives, tingling of the lips, difficulty breathing, restriction in the throat.  These reactions can vary in intensity depending on how allergic you are.

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Dairy Allergy

Lactose
Intolerance

Lactose intolerance involves the digestive system. If you have it, your body does not make lactase, the enzyme needed to digest the milk sugar lactose.  Instead of digesting normally in your stomach and small intestine, undigested lactose moves into your colon, where it is broken down by bacteria and causes much discomfort, bloating and gas.

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Lactose Intolerance

Wheat
Allergy

A true wheat allergy is caused by the immune system producing IgE antibodies to a specific food which contains wheat proteins.

Symptoms occur fairly soon after eating the food, from seconds up to two hours. When the food protein is ingested, it can trigger a range of allergy symptoms from mild (such as a rash, itching, or sneezing) to severe (trouble breathing, wheezing, anaphylaxis).

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Wheat Allergy

Gluten
Intolerance

Gluten is a component of wheat and it is also a protein it is found in barley, rye, oats and spelt.

Reacting to gluten does not mean you have Coeliac Disease.  A person can still experience uncomfortable symptoms when exposed to grains containing gluten.  This is commonly called non-coeliac gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance it involves the digestive system symptoms experienced are bloating, gas, abdominal cramps, constipation, indigestion, fatigue and headaches.

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Gluten Intolerance

What to do now…

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“Allergy Testing On-Line” you can purchase a wide range of tests on-line.

Follow this link  On-line Tests

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Do Nothing

These issues can be very frustrating; we know as we see many patients a week who have put up with irritating allergy / food intolerance symptoms for long periods of time.

One certainty is that doing nothing will achieve nothing !

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