What are food intolerances?
A food intolerance is a difficulty digesting certain foods and having an unpleasant physical reaction to them. Some common symptoms include bloating and stomach pain, which can come on a few hours after consuming the food.
In some cases, food intolerances can cause skin rashes or itching alongside tummy pains and wind.
A food intolerance differs to a food allergy in that it does not involve the immune system and can cause symptoms more slowly such as a few hours after eating the problem food.
What causes food intolerances?
Food intolerances can be triggered in various different ways in different people. The most common food intolerances are dairy products or wheat products which mean that the sugar in milk for example or the wheat cannot be digested very easily. Other food intolerances may be caused by food additives or chemicals such as artificial food colouring or caffeine.
Treatment options for food intolerance
In order to improve your diet and change your lifestyle to better suit your intolerances, the nutritional therapist is able to create a diet plan that offers specific supplements for the foods you may not be able to eat. There are a variety of different diets that can provide relief from gut symptoms including; gluten free, food elimination or FODMAP.