Up to 45% of the UK population could be suffering from food intolerance according to Allergy Research UK.
Research has shown that food intolerance is linked to antibodies produced by our immune system when we eat certain foods. Using a small blood sample, clinical tests can identify IgG and IgE antibodies (parts of the immune system) to over 200 foods.
The good news is that by identifying your trigger foods and replacing them with suitable alternatives as part of a comprehensive gut healing programme, you can rebalance your digestive system.
What is Food Allergy?
Food intolerances tend to be the most common and can include: gluten (non-coeliac gluten sensitivity), wheat, dairy, egg, soy and nuts. Environmental triggers could be mould e.g. aspergillus.
Avoiding the trigger foods with a food elimination diet is only one part of a gut healing programme and further work on supporting the lining of your gut and digestive secretions should be carried out with a nutritionist in order for foods to be safely reintroduced in the future.
I provide both food allergy and food intolerance testing in Edinburgh. More information on allergy testing can be found here.
Get in touch by email or book a call to discuss your requirements and find out if testing is suitable for you.
What is a ‘detox’?
There are many different definitions of detoxification. The word 'detox' has become associated with fad diets, strict juice cleanses, and general deprivation.
As a nutritional therapist, my interest is in the process of transforming potentially harmful (fat soluble) molecules into less harmful (water soluble) molecules so that they can be safely and efficiently eliminated from the body in a timely manner.
This reduces the risk of toxins being reabsorbed in the colon. Having the right balance of foods and nutrients in our diet helps this process to work smoothly and prevent disease.
Many organs are involved in detoxification but our liver is our main chemical processing factory and is the focus of this blog post.
Liver ‘detox’ involves two steps:
In simple terms ‘doing a detox’ is a bit like taking your car in for a service. You won’t leave with a shiny new engine but you might just get something that runs a bit better afterwards.
Common benefits include more energy, healthier skin, less aches and pains, clearer thinking and feeling more alert as well as less bloating.
What detox isn’t…
Some signs you may need to support your liver nutritionally:
I will be speaking about liver detoxification at the next Revive Yoga Break. Hope to see you there!
With the sugar tax hitting the headlines last week we really need to talk about sugar!
Every day people tell me innocently that they don’t eat sugar... We need to get waaay more savvy than that. Food manufacturer's simply don't speak our language. They like to write in code names like grams, units and traffic lights (what??)
In fact, there are 61 different names for sugar. So without even realising it, many of us are consuming popular everyday items (such as bread, soups, crisps, yoghurts, pasta sauces and ready-meals) all containing added sugar and we are none the wiser. Sugar is everywhere.
Speaking on The Kaye Adams Show on BBC Radio Scotland recently, I discussed the importance of eating breakfast. Here's why!
Reasons to eat breakfast
What if you really can’t face breakfast in the morning?
If you really can't face eating breakfast, remember to rehydrate.
Try breaking your fast with half a pint of warm water and the juice of half a lemon or a few drops of unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV). The bitterness helps wake up digestion and stimulate digestive enzymes making your body ready for the intake of food.
Reasons to stay hydrated:
We also discussed fasting and when fasting can be helpful in weightloss
If you really want to fast*, fasting for 12 hours overnight can be helpful, for some people. It's best to do this with one-to-one professional help. Contact me to discuss your health goals.
Benefits of 12 hour fasting may include:
*If you are diabetic or have a health condition speak to your doctor before making any changes to your diet
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