Food allergy, food intolerance, food sensitivity; whatever you know it as, intolerances to certain foods is something that has become ever more common amongst Australians. However most people who do live with a food allergy or better termed intolerance remain unaware, because their adverse reactions are often either cloaked by other more noticeable symptoms or just take their time showing themselves. Naturopathic allergy testing, also known as a food sensitivity test, is an effective way to diagnose these intolerances. Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic is equipped with the facilities and specialist staff to conduct these tests for people of all ages.
The symptoms of food intolerances that can manifest in the body are as varied as people themselves. Different food products will react with people in different ways, and what might be a minor symptom in one person could present itself as a major symptom to another. Often, people do not know food is affecting their condition until they undergo naturopathy allergy testing to provide detailed information on which foods they may be sensitive to.
Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, make an appointment for a detailed, comprehensive food intolerance test at Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic and get to the bottom of the issue.
In most cases, food intolerances are the result of poor lifestyle habits and choices which lead to a diminished functioning of the digestive enzymes in charge of breaking down food. Another major cause of food sensitivities is a condition commonly known as leaky gut syndrome, whereby the gut actually becomes leaky: gaps form in the vital gastrointestinal and normally impervious barrier. This creates a stronger likelihood of toxins, microbes, undigested food, waste, or larger than usual macromolecules permeating the wall of the gut and entering the bloodstream. This, in turn, sets the body up to exercise an immune reaction to foods.
There is an extensive range of naturopathic allergy testing methods available in Melbourne. Here at MNMC, our naturopaths prefer to use the IgG Food Sensitivity Profile, which we believe to be the most reliable method currently in use. This food sensitivity test by Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic covers many common foods known to cause adverse actions such as cow’s milk, eggs, beans, nuts and cereals. However, if required, we can test for over numerous different foods, chemicals, artificial colourings, flavours and preservatives.
The test is a simple process where a small sample of blood is taken and sent to a laboratory where your blood is then tested against these foods. Once the results are received your practitioner will advise you of the foods you are intolerant to and suggest their removal from your diet for a period of time. After removal and naturopathic treatments, many patients find an amazing improvement in their health and vitality with a massive reduction or complete disappearance of symptoms.
Once your food intolerance test at Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic is complete, our naturopaths adopt a holistic approach to treating your food sensitivities. Once the food has been identified and removed for a varied period of time, the aim is to rebuild, strengthen and repair the gastrointestinal system. We do this by prescribing nutrients and herbs which heal the gut wall and strengthen the vital barrier mucosal lining, decreasing inflammation, balancing the microbiome and correcting the body’s response. After a period of time, some patients are eventually able to re-introduce and tolerate the foods which once caused so much havoc in the body.
If left untreated, a food intolerance or sensitivity can damage the gastrointestinal system and contribute to many disease processes such as autoimmune diseases, skin conditions, weight gain and IBS. Take a proactive approach and consult a naturopath at MNMC today for naturopathy allergy testing and food sensitivity tests at our North Melbourne clinic. You can make an appointment online, email us, or phone us on (03) 9686 2566. Our clinic in 49 Chetwynd St, North Melbourne, is open six days a week.