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Adelani Temiloluwa
School Of Nursing Ondo
Nursing Student
300Level, Nigeria.

Other causes of food intolerance may be naturally occurring substances that can exert a toxic effect, thereby causing symptoms of diarrhoea. In cases, such as poorly cooked beans or chick peas, there are aflotoxins, which trigger these symptoms. If the food is properly cooked, the toxins will not be present. This is sometimes confusing to someone who seems to tolerate a particular food, but not at other times.

  1. Histamine in foods


  2. Some foods contain histamine naturally. Most sea food and other foods that are not fresh, or not properly stored can develop a build-up of histamine.

    In certain people, when consumed through food, histamine can cause symptoms, such as rashes, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, asthma and high blood pressure.


  3. Salicylates in foods


  4. Many foods naturally contain salicylates and our tolerance to this can vary. While most people can eat salicylate-containing foods with no problems, others may suffer symptoms if they eat large quantities of food that contain large doses of salicylate when combined. These salicylate-intolerant people will get better, if they eat a diet of low or moderate salicylate foods and avoid those with the highest levels.


  5. Additives in foods


  6. A wide variety of natural and artificial additives are used in colouring, preserving and processing food. Some people can suffer symptoms provoked by hypersensitivity to food additives and preservatives.

    Unfortunately many fruits are now genetically engineered to become very sweet and attractive in colour. They are also grown with pesticides and fertilisers so many people have become allergic to them and have thus become fructose intolerant. The mostly sour pineapple that we used to eat is not the same as the deliciously sweet pineapple that is now available. This sweetness is just basically sugar. Over consumption of fruits by a fructose intolerant person will lead to arthritis, bad skin, bloating and many other ailments.

    The time between eating the food and getting symptoms depends on many factors. If the food is only eaten occasionally, symptoms may start immediately after consuming it or after two hours or two days later. However, this is different when the food is being eaten regularly. In this case, negative reactions to the food will run into each other every time the food is eaten, leading to the development of chronic, almost continual symptoms.


  7. How is food intolerance recognised?


  8. To identify food allergy and intolerance the traditional way is difficult and it involves keeping a food diary and recording reactions to them and eliminating foods until the intolerant food is finally identified. The diagnosis is usually made by removing the suspected food from the diet (an exclusion diet) and watching closely to see if the symptoms improve.

    In food intolerance, a wide range of symptoms may occur and multiple symptoms are usual. They can be general and non-specific, which can make diagnosis tricky. This highlights the need for attention to detail and the need to record everything fully in a food and allergy symptom diary and working with a dietician.

    At Mart Life Detox Clinic we identify food allergy and food intolerance through the Bioenergetic Test, which can specify whether a person is fructose, lactose, histamine or gluten intolerant and also specify the exact food that the person is intolerant or allergic to. The Bioenergetic testing is based on Interfacing Resonance Analysis Technology.

    After the biogenetic test, the patient is advised to start an exclusion diet, which excludes the foods that one is intolerant and allergic to. The patient is advised to stay off the intolerant food for three months. After this time the patient can introduce the food slowly into the diet and eat it occasionally, no more than once every week or once every two weeks. Usually most people can tolerate eating these foods sometimes without bringing back the negative symptoms. More frequent consumption of these foods will bring back the symptoms.

    Each person will need to establish their tolerance threshold. After several weeks or months of not eating the food, you may be able to restart eating the food again without getting negative reactions. This is known as tolerance and its maintenance depends on establishing the threshold of both frequency and quantity for each person – in other words, eating the food occasionally may be tolerated, but reintroducing it in large quantities or on a very regular basis (e.g. every day) might lead to symptoms coming back. This is purely individual. So working this out and not restricting the diet for more than necessary is a major consideration.

    The elimination of certain foods, either due to intolerance or allergy, requires one to replace foods with other foods of similar nutritional value so that one is not lacking in essential nutrients. Embarking on such diets requires a lot of dedication and planning, but the results can be life changing for the better.

    Choosing the right time to start the diet for you and your family is essential – avoiding starting the diet during holidays or major celebrations is recommended as sticking to the diet will become more difficult during such times. But straying from the exclusion diet during holidays and festive season comes with a price as the negative symptoms will come rushing back. After the holidays it is essential that the diet is restarted as soon as possible to regain your health.

    In a few people, underlying conditions, such as infestation of parasites and fungus, bacteria, virus and other pathogens can either cause symptoms or make food intolerance worse. The biogenetic test will also reveal these pathogens so that they can be effectively treated. In some cases removing these parasites will also remove the food intolerance and allow one to enjoy some of the food that was not tolerated previously.


Source: https://www.nursingworldnigeria.com/2019/06/eliminating-food-allergy-and-intolerance-for-good-health-2

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