Food Sensitivity Testing

Food sensitivities are becoming more and more evident in this day and age. This is mainly due to the types of chemicals and preservatives used to make food look better, taste better and last longer. Also food is over processed, making it vitamin deficient and basically dead food.

Bacterial imbalance in the gut is another major cause of food sensitivities. Bacterial imbalance can arise from antibiotic use, birth control pill, excess consumption of sugar, and stress.

By eliminating the foods that your body is sensitive to and by addressing bacterial imbalance (if present), you will stop the physical symptoms.

By using Kinesiology and BioSET we can identify foods that are:

  • Biogenic – essentially good for you
  • Biostatic – neutral
  • Biocidic – bad for your body

Foods that are commonly known as “good foods” such as fruits or vegetables, may not be necessarily good for you.

By continually eating foods that your body may be sensitive to can cause physical symptoms or reactions such as: headaches, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, eczema, fatigue, muscle aches and pains just to name a few.

The good news is that you can find out which foods are best for and which ones are best to avoid.

“The modalities BioSET, Kinesiology and Homeopathy are all very effective in the treatment of food related symptoms. To discuss which course of treatment best suits your individual need, please contact our clinic for a quick chat, or make an appointment to start relief of these symptoms.

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The difference between food allergy & intolerance / sensitivity.

Food allergy is an immune response while food intolerance is a chemical reaction, and not an allergic reaction to food. Symptoms of food allergy include wheezing, stomach upsets and skin rashes. Symptoms of food intolerance are similar to food allergy, but can be associated with conditions including asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Some food allergens include nuts, shellfish, milk, egg and soy products. Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock is an extreme allergic reaction and can be life threatening.

Food intolerance is an inability to properly digest certain foods. In some cases food passes right through the body before digestion is complete – so is being eliminated only partially processed (like milk products causing diarrhea). In other cases some foods have components which actually attack the lining of the gut and damage it every time that food is eaten (like gluten intolerance). Fortunately most food intolerant people recover fully when the offending food is avoided.

Direct problems such as severe abdominal cramps, bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea and hemorrhoids are common. However the indirect problems associated with poor absorption can be much more harmful. When food leaves the body only partially processed many vital nutrients are lost too. People with food intolerance typically catch viruses easily, may have dry skin, hair and nail problems and tire easily.

Some become deficient in iron or calcium and suffer a further series of health issues like anaemia or osteoporosis.

Many food intolerant people are underweight due to their inability to get full nutrient value from foods. Of course with diarrhoea there is the constant risk of dehydration especially among children and elderly people.

Others can be overweight often from an interference with the thyroid gland causing a disruption to normal metabolism.

Signs and Symptoms of Food Allergy:

  • Itching in mouth and or skin
  • Hives, rashes, eczema, redness and soreness of skin
  • Swelling of fingers, lips, neck and tracheal passage
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Anaphylaxis

Signs and Symptoms of Food Intolerance:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Skin rashes
  • Constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Nasal congestion
  • Respiratory and/or abdominal discomfort

Australian Statistics:

Among the developed countries. There’s been a marked increase in food allergies and food intolerance’s in the western countries. Australia is one of the countries with highest prevalence of food allergies. Usually children suffer more from food allergies. According to 2008 WHO statistics, 1 in every 20 children suffers from food allergies in Australia. According to Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2007; 120:878-84), there is 5 1/2-fold increase in the rate of Australian hospital admissions between 1994 and 2005 for food-related anaphylaxis in the under-fives.

Food allergies are specified to certain protein and certain foods in particular. Eggs, nuts (especially peanuts), milk, sesame seeds, gluten, seafood, grains, soy, some berries, tomato, cucumber, white potato and mustard are the commonly known foods that act as allergens. Yeast and certain food additives are also potential allergens. Milk, egg, peanut, tree nut (walnut, cashew, etc.), fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat are the main allergen foods that account almost 90% of all the food allergies. All these food allergies have common signs and symptoms, which definitely resembles that of a food intolerance.

The common cause of food intolerance is due to the absence of certain enzymes and chemicals, which help to digest a particular food.