Food allergy - How to resolve symptoms like fatigue, foggy head?
When you have symptoms like fatigue or a foggy head you often just think you are tired, burning the candle at both ends? Or you may associate these feelings with a hangover? What happens if these feelings drag on though? We are often convinced that we are reacting to foods or drinks (especially alcoholic ones) and often guess which foods or drinks they might be but are we right? 50% of those with food or drink intolerance actually crave the food or drink ingredients that they are intolerant to, and according to the leading medical charity Allergy UK 45% of the population suffer from food intolerance. That means that an awful lot of us are affected.
Often people try an elimination diet and take foods or drinks out one at a time such a difficult process especially when you arent thinking straight in the first place or feel exhausted. Food intolerance is a delayed reaction too which makes things even more complicated when you have to trace back to what you have eaten or had to drink a few days ago. Indeed this method can waste a lot of time and is renowned for being very ineffective. It can take a lot of detective work to find out which foods or drinks can be causing your symptoms and then even more will power to eliminate them all together; food intolerance testing and support from a Nutritional Therapist is what is required! What is the evidence though?
There is good evidence that delayed food allergies or food intolerances do cause fatigue, low mood, lack of concentration, and a foggy head. In the largest survey of its kind, 87% of 648 of fatigue sufferers reported that their energy levels increased if they removed the foods from their diet that showed IgG food antibody reactions in their blood. The survey used the YorkTest Food Intolerance Programme which includes a simple blood test that can be done at home, and a phone call from a qualified Nutritional Therapist to help you change your diet.
For those with problems concentrating the improvement rate was 81% and for those with low mood it was a staggering 92%. Out of the 24 subjects in the survey who described their problem as mental fog, 21 of them showed a significant benefit and reported feeling able to think much more clearly. On reintroduction of the offending foods 92% got a return of symptoms showing that this is an active and specific approach. The conclusion? Well the chances of this test working to help you feel more energised, alert and with it again are very high if you have these kinds of symptoms.
Dr. Gillian Hart is a Scientific Director for YorkTest Laboratories who specialise in food intolerance testing and liver function testing which can help those suffering from food intolerance symptoms such as symptoms of IBS. For more information visit YorkTest.com or call 0800 074 6185.
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