From bloating and IBS to migraines and joint pain, food intolerance causes misery and uncomfortable symptoms for thousands of people. But what is a food intolerance and why is it estimated to affect nearly half the UK population?
Food intolerance can occur when your body has difficulty digesting certain foods. When this occurs over time, large food particles (proteins) may enter the blood stream.
A reaction manifests when these partly-undigested food particles enter the bloodstream and are treated as foreign substances – antibodies ‘attack’ the food in question and generate an inflammatory response. The body produces food-specific IgG antibodies as a defence against certain ingredients that may not agree with you.
Over time, food intolerances may build up and persist in the system. Just like if you stopped brushing your teeth, you would expect to see a build-up of plaque, bad breath and discolouration which may lead to problems, such as tooth decay. Food intolerances can build up in the same way if the root cause hasn’t been rectified.
Food intolerance vs food allergy
Many people confuse an intolerance with an allergy, but the two are very different. Potentially life-threatening and quite rare, the immune response that causes an allergic reaction (IgE) happens soon after consuming specific foods, such as peanuts or shellfish and it affects around 2% of the adult population.
A food intolerance, on the other hand, can provoke an IgG reaction and is estimated to affect around 45% of the UK population*. The body’s abnormal reaction to certain foods can cause gastrointestinal upsets such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating, diarrhoea, as well as migraines, fatigue and joint pain. Although not life-threatening, the uncomfortable symptoms can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life.
The rise in food intolerances
People may often wonder whether it’s simply our awareness into food intolerances which is increasing, or whether food intolerances are actually on the rise.
There are a number of likely reasons why there is an increase in food intolerances, some examples are:
- Farming practices
- Environmental pollution
- Processed foods
- Food additives
- Antibiotic and painkiller usage
- Stress levels
What can be done about it?
Many people who suffer from food intolerance symptoms might be given the all-clear by their doctor yet strongly suspect that food is the roost cause of their problems. If you know someone who is experiencing some unexplained symptoms – such as feeling unusually tired more often, bloating regularly, or suffering from migraines without any known cause – perhaps it could be worthwhile taking a closer look at their diet.
Here at Lorisian, the business to business brand of YorkTest, we believe there are a number of options that individuals can choose when they suspect that they may be reacting to a food or foods that they are eating. These are:
- Do nothing
Of course, ignorance is sometimes bliss, but when it comes to health, it’s always better to seek help. If a food intolerance is the symptom cause, it will persist or may even develop in the body over time if neglected.
- Choose to remove foods from their diet by second guessing
It can be second nature to attempt to guess which foods are contributing to certain symptoms. Bread, for example, might be assumed to be the culprit – however, there’s a variety of potential trigger ingredients, such as wheat, gluten and even yeast. As a result, foods might be cut from the diet unnecessarily.
- Seek support from a dietician or nutritional therapist and try an elimination diet and challenge method
This method strips diet back to basics by eliminating large food groups for a period of time then slowly reintroduce specific foods and monitor symptoms accordingly. Unfortunately, this method can be laborious, and it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly which combination of ingredients provoke reactions.
- Take a food intolerance test to identify their food triggers and fast-track their elimination diet
A credible IgG food intolerance test is used as a strategy for identifying foods to which a person may be sensitive. Lorisian has found that the average person with positive results typically reacts to 4 to 5 ingredients. This shows there could be some unsuspecting ingredients that may be challenging to find by simply removing ingredients that feel suspect.
Who are Lorisian?
Lorisian aim to promote wellbeing within the pressures of a modern lifestyle. They work with practitioners in a wide range of fields, sports and fitness professionals and provide corporate health and wellbeing programmes. Lorisian’s in-house laboratory has over 35 years’ experience in diagnostic testing and dedicated account managers for end-to-end support.
Targeting your clients’ wellbeing, Lorisian’s simple finger-pick blood tests analyse IgG reactions to over 200 food and drink ingredients, such as common foods like cow’s milk, wheat and gluten through to health superfoods like quinoa and kale to establish your clients’ trigger foods. It’s also worth noting that Lorisian also specialise in other health tests, such as Homocysteine, Diabetes and our LiverCheck test which indicates your client’s overall liver health.
Registration is completely free of charge and can be done by contacting email@example.com or calling +441904 428 550. Alternatively, you can complete the below:
* Allergy UK
† Defined as a food-specific IgG reaction
Lorisian’s information is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. Lorisian do not claim to treat or cure symptoms and recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a GP before undertaking a Lorisian programme.
We are delighted to welcome Lorisian as our new Corporate Member – this will provide a good standard of laboratory tests for practitioners going forward and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship. – The BCMA Team.
“Lorisian specialises in offering laboratory tests that measure food-specific IgG antibodies, which are sometimes referred to as food intolerances†.
We work with practitioners in a wide range of fields, as well as serving sports teams and corporate health professionals. In each case we can provide a solution for identifying their client’s individual food triggers and helping them to optimise their diets.
Lorisian’s parent company, YorkTest, was set up in 1982 and has designed, developed and manufactured their food-specific IgG enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test since 1998.
Our food-specific IgG method has had more papers published about its performance than any other type of food intolerance† test on the market.
Lorisian aims to provide the maximum benefit and support for sufferers of a food intolerance† by pinpointing and advising on dietary changes.. We have data sets that support a reproducability of greater than 98%. This is because the Lorisian Laboratory uses consistent and controlled manufacturing processes and operating procedures.
†Lorisian define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction. Food intolerance is a condition with a range of symptoms including gut symptoms, bloating, headaches, migraines, low mood, fatigue, weight gain and skin problems. These symptoms must always be checked out by a Medical Professional. If you have clients that have seen a Medical Professional but have not been given a diagnosis for their symptoms then they may be suffering from food intolerance.”
“Register your interest via the below link:
Nurturing Your Unique Brand – Wellbeing for the self employed and business owners
Valerie has worked in a number of fields: financial services and project management before starting her career as a self employed. Having made several career changes, Valerie has learnt to raise her own self awareness so as to make each career transition, a journey worth making. She worked for a number of years with business owners to grow and consolidate their businesses. She then joined a Pan African Trust to help beneficiaries carry out the projects that received funding from her employer.
Having to travel and work with people of different cultural and professional backgrounds, Valerie has learnt to look after her own wellbeing. She used her self help Reiki techniques as well as meditated regularly. She started her training as a Law of Attraction Practitioner so that she can use it to achieve her own personal goals. She is used to push the boundaries of her comfort zone and adjust to different cultural norms. She is now a Reiki teacher based on Eastern Principles ( Komyo Reiki Kai)
From Valerie’s personal perspective, wellbeing encompasses many aspects – managing change and befriending your worries, time management and learning new tools such as financial planning are all essential to building your resilience when you are self employed or running a business.
Self employment can be a daunting project. Deciding on how to market your services, what prices would you be charging, how to work out how much you need financially to run your business, how to define your Unique Selling Points (USP) and use it to raise your visibility.
Valerie is now using her work experience to coach and mentor her clients who are looking to start their own business or grow their existing business or run their charities. She provides them support to improve their managerial skills, grow their comfort zone as well as their financial literacy. An understanding of financial planning is important for the personal wellbeing of the business owner or founder as finances is part of the lifeline for your self employment or organisation to be successful.
Valerie is a member of the International Coaching Federation and has a certificate in Professional Coaching. She is also a Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and has received training in Coaching for Conflict Resolution. Find out more about Valerie and her work
Would you like to be a BCMA Featured Member? or find out more about the BCMA? contact Tracy at the BCMA Office
The BCMA announced the launch of the BCMA Guides, at our first ever Road Show on 18th May 2013, one of which I have helped to compile ‘The BCMA Guide to Finding a Therapist’ one of 4 guides released as either an online download or in paper format for a very low fee.
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Organisation’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy School’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Clinic’
These are available for pay per download from the BCMA website at a cost of £2.50*, a paper copy will be available in the future in A5 booklet form at a premium price, Please contact the BCMA office for further details.
*£2.50 is the BCMA member’s price, non members will be asked to pay £5 but the difference will be refunded against future membership.
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Tracy Smith BCMA Administrator
“Blown away today to watch a baby turn itself from breech to cephalic during myofascial release work at an awesome School of Bodywork study day. The mother was so much more comfortable after the baby turned and grinned from ear to ear.
It was so gentle and permissive. Truly the baby chose to turn. Somehow the therapist merely held the space which enabled this. The change in the mother’s demeanour was profound from tense and experiencing chronic pain since 11/40 to smiling happy and comfortable. She told us the baby was moving big movements about 10 minutes into the treatment. The therapist’s hands were still. We could easily see the baby’s movements and all of us noticed the changed shape of her belly after the Release. She was kind enough to let me palpate afterwards, already convinced her belly felt quite different at the top. It looked so gentle and led by the baby. I was in awe and still am. More workshops may follow.”
The above account was written by Liz Nightingale an extremely well regarded independent midwife of 13 years.
On the 8th of August I, Emma Gilmore Director of School of Bodywork was kindly invited to Oxfordshire to teach 13 chiropractors and one midwife some incredibly effective myofascial release techniques, to free up restrictions in the pelvic diaphragm and abdomopelvic cavity which allows breech or posterior babies to turn. After settling into the space and getting over my fascination at the tiny chiropractic couches we settled into what was to become a very moving day.
The course entitled Pelvic Diaphragm Release is a one day course and in the past has been attended by midwives, physiotherapists, massage therapists, doulas or partners. So working with chiropractors was new to me.
After an introduction to fascia and an exercise to tune the therapists into the subtle yet profound touch of the myofascial techniques, I went on to teach the “workhorse” of MFR, the Cross Hand Release, a gentle, flat handed technique where the therapist contacts the patient’s body and feels for the first restriction or barrier. With light, sustained, yet constant pressure applied into the patient’s body, the trained therapist will begin to feel the restrictions release, working through barrier after barrier, releasing layers of restriction within the fascial system. This subtle yet profound work created a great atmosphere in the room and there was great focus amongst the students; everyone truly understood the essence of this work.
After lunch Geri a 34 week pregnant patient of a chiropractor present joined us, she had been in a lot of discomfort since week 11 of her pregnancy, she had numbness and pain down her left leg, and had been walking on crutches, she did not look 34 weeks pregnant. Her baby boy was in breech position. She looked exhausted and in pain, although had a charming disposition. She climbed awkwardly and tentatively onto the couch with the help of a foot stool and lay in a supine position. I ensured she was as comfortable as possible and explained briefly what I was going to do, she seemed very happy. While I worked with Transverse plane technique; which frees up restrictions within the pelvic diaphragm; Geri talked about some of the difficulties of her pregnancy, her baby was almost never still (as he was constantly trying to get in a more comfortable positon for both of them). As I worked I felt her sacrum soften and “drop” into my hand, allowing space into her body, I continued for several minutes more, tuning into what the baby and mother needed, we both felt further restrictions on the left of the abdomopelvic cavity, so after gently removing my hands from the original position I worked here with a Cross Hand Release, after a few more minutes of this technique there was a terrific movement and Gerri looked almost shocked as the bay repositioned himself in a cephalic position, it was clear that my work was done. So I invited Liz to palpate…….the baby had turned itself cephalic, Geri got off the couch saying how different she felt, the baby had dropped and she now looked like a pregnant woman, she then walked without crutches.
These techniques are a MUST for all midwives and bodywork therapists working with pregnant women.
Next course: Tuesday November 25th 2014
Pelvic Diaphragm Releases: Incredibly effective myofascial release techniques, to release restrictions and allow breech or posterior babies to turn. Invaluable techniques for midwives, massage therapists, doulas or partners. £95
7 CPD points awarded by APNT
Stef at your4legs
Complementary Therapies for Horses, Humans and Canines
Stef has always had a passion for working with animals and spent several years researching the most appropriate Complementary Therapy courses to enable her to make the step change to becoming a self-employed therapist. Stef completed an Equine Sports Massage ITEC Diploma with Mary Bromiley in 2007, after first completing an ITEC Diploma in Human Massage with Bodybasics in Stratford . During the same period she was also busy studying for a MSc. In McTimoney Animal Manipulation, from which she graduated in December 2008. Following this, Stef has added a number of additional tools to her portfolio, including Deep Oscillation® Massage, Omega Low Level Laser and ArcEquine Therapy.
Although Stef had never seriously considered working as a human therapist, she thoroughly enjoyed the ITEC Human Massage course and, as a result, has a number of people with horse riding and other sports related injuries on her varied list of clients. To complete her portfolio, Stef launched Equipoise Equine Gait and Rider Position Analysis in March 2013. This analysis is aimed at identifying gait asymmetries in the horse and assessing the rider’s balance using high-speed video work (up to 300 frames / second) and special gait analysis measurement software from Quintic Sports Consultancy. When Stef is not busy working, she likes to spend time with her “horse widower” husband and her own horse Mr G. She also enjoys a number of outdoor pursuits including mountaineering and running, having completed the Berlin marathon in 2013.
For more information visit Stef’s website www.your4legs.co.uk
Congratulations to Stef for being our very first featured member.
Any BCMA Member associations, schools or therapists wishing to be featured please contact Tracy at the office
Unfortunately there was not enough interest in the Road Show in Newbury so sadly this has been cancelled. We will be contacting those that booked shortly
We will of course make sure to advise you of our next event as soon as we have details.