Food Allergies / Intolerances

The word allergy comes from Greek and means “altered reaction”. This refers to an alteration in the biologic activity of an individual away from the expected norm. The substance promoting the reaction is known as an allergen.

There are 3 main common sources of allergic reaction:

FOODS
CHEMICALS
INHALED ALLERGENS

People can suffer allergies from all 3 sources or may have a very specific reaction to only one or two substances, for example salicylates, red food colourings.

Features of Food Allergies or Intolerances

Fluctuating symptoms of:

  • Fatigue
  • Mental & psychological symptoms
  • Fluid retention
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Muscle and joint aches pains
  • Palpitations
  • Skin Rashes

  • Itchy, irritable throat
  • Low blood sugars
  • Intestinal symptoms
  • Irritable bowel, Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Food cravings or addictions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Facial flushing and sweating

and in children

  • Learning disorders
  • Bedwetting
  • Clumsiness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent infections
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Hyperactivity

Why So Many Allergies ?

The changing emphasis of our diet away from a fresh, whole unrefined foods, towards a processed, chemically altered, preservative, colouring and additive laden type food intake has put an increased burden on our immune systems.

Added to that, environmental pollution, increasingly stressful lives and exposure to other chemicals in the environment has increased the prevalence of allergic illness in our modern society.

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