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Food Allergy & Intolerances Support & Testing

We offer a comprehensive and personalised approach to addressing food allergies and intolerances. Instead of just focusing on symptom management, we aim to identify the underlying root causes of these conditions and develop targeted strategies, testing and food plans, to promote healing and overall health.

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Here are some ways we can help with food allergies and intolerances:

  • Comprehensive Assessment: Functional medicine practitioners take a detailed and holistic view of an individual's health history, lifestyle, genetics, and environment to understand the factors contributing to food allergies and intolerances. This assessment helps identify potential triggers, such as leaky gut, imbalanced gut microbiome, inflammation, or immune system dysregulation.

  • Advanced Allergy Testing: We utilise advanced allergy testing methods, such as specialised blood tests, food inflammation tests (FIT) and functional laboratory assessments, to identify both immediate and delayed hypersensitivity reactions. These tests provide a more comprehensive picture of an individual's immune response to various foods and allergens.

  • Elimination Diet and Food Reintroduction: Functional medicine often employs elimination diets to identify problematic foods causing allergies or intolerances, e.g., gluten, dairy, food pollen, histamine and FODMAP's. By eliminating common allergens and then systematically reintroducing them, we can pinpoint specific triggers and design customised nutrition plans that avoid those allergens.

  • Gut Health Optimisation: The gut plays a crucial role in food allergies and intolerances. Our service focuses on improving gut health by addressing issues such as leaky gut, dysbiosis (imbalance of gut bacteria), and intestinal inflammation. Strategies include probiotic supplementation, prebiotic-rich foods, and gut-healing nutrients which can be incorporated into treatment plans.

  • Reducing Systemic Inflammation: Inflammation is often associated with allergic reactions and intolerances. We emphasise dietary and lifestyle changes aimed at reducing systemic inflammation, promoting overall immune balance and improving tolerance to certain foods.

  • Supporting Nutrient Deficiencies: We assess an individual's nutritional status and address any nutrient deficiencies that may be contributing to food allergies or intolerances. Proper nutrient supplementation and dietary adjustments can enhance immune function and support the body's ability to manage allergens effectively.

  • Stress Reduction and Lifestyle Modifications: Stress and lifestyle factors can influence the immune system and exacerbate allergic responses. We incorporate stress reduction techniques, sleep optimisation, and lifestyle modifications to support immune resilience and reduce the severity of allergic reactions.

  • Personalised Treatment Plans: Functional medicine is highly individualised, and treatment plans are tailored to each person's unique health profile and specific allergies or intolerances. This approach enhances the effectiveness of interventions and increases the likelihood of long-term success.

  • Long-Term Prevention and Management: Beyond symptom relief, functional medicine focuses on long-term prevention and management of food allergies and intolerances. By addressing underlying imbalances, the goal is to decrease the body's sensitivity to allergens and improve overall immune function.

Our service offers a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to food allergies and intolerances, empowering individuals to take control of their health, understand their unique triggers, and make informed decisions about their nutrition and lifestyle to improve their quality of life.

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Common Food Allergies & Intolerances

Food allergies can vary in severity, from mild symptoms to life-threatening reactions (anaphylaxis). If you suspect a food allergy or experience adverse reactions, seek medical advice and undergo proper allergy testing. Understanding your food allergies helps manage your diet and avoid harmful allergens. Carry appropriate medication (like an adrenaline auto-injector) and inform others about your allergies for added safety. Food intolerances are different and involve difficulty digesting certain foods due to specific enzyme lack or abnormal responses to food components

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