In part one of the gut-brain connection, Dr Cassie, our Chiropractor, gave a brief overview of the bidirectional nature of digestive and neuronal health. Today we hone in on one puzzle piece: food intolerance.
Food intolerances are associated with a range of symptoms that are caused by chronic inflammatory processes. The onset of symptoms is within hours or days after ingestion of the food. The symptoms can last for several days or longer and are often intermittent, making it difficult to identify which foods your body is struggling to deal with.
Some common symptoms food intolerances can aggravate include:
- Arthritis / joint pain
- Bed wetting
- Headaches and migraines
- Insomnia / sleep disturbances
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Skin concerns
- Malabsorption of nutrients
- Water retention
- Weight problems
- Generally feeling ill
- Brain fog
The good news is that with a food intolerance, it is possible to eliminate food from the diet for a period and then to gradually re-introduce back into the diet after treatment protocols have improved symptoms.
I think I may have a Food Intolerance, What Next?
If you or practitioner suspects you have a food intolerance, Body and Brain Centre offer food intolerance testing. We can test for reactions to 59 commonly eaten foods such as gluten, diary, egg and yeast.
This quick and easy test involves a finger-prick blood sample. The sample is then tested for any reactions to food proteins giving a graded intolerance result from negative (no intolerance) to severe intolerance.
If you would like a list of potential allergens that can be tested for or are interested in more information, visit the Food Detective website or call us at the clinic.