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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
WHISPERED TO ME BY ANGELS
Moments in Time, are they yours, are they mine?
The verse collection by Ceran
I am an holistic therapist and everyday kind of person, who for many years has practiced reflexology and working with Angelic vibrational energy to facilitate a way of healing the emotional, physical and spiritual body.
I believe in Angels, and during my lifetime, my intuitive connection to them has guided me on a path of discovery about myself, other people and the vast range of emotional challenges which life presents us with. Few of us realise what our soul’s purpose is in life, but when we each are ready, and the time is right, our journey begins to gently unfurl and we are awakened to tread our own path of discovery in many different ways. My path has led me to expressing the whispers of Angels in verse creating a collection of very special books, to touch people’s hearts and soothe their souls, and help them find a way to reflect, release and begin to heal negative emotions and situations with Angelic wisdom, purpose, positivity and love, each in their own way.
Let me begin by saying that I am not naturally a writer, and so it came as quite the shock when initially all of these beautiful, uplifting words of verse came to me so strongly that I couldn’t ignore them and then more just kept flowing in. I hadn’t really any idea of the reasons why, but responded in my usual way and I ‘trusted and went with it’. Over time when all of the verses had been written, and there were no more words forthcoming, I realised I now held a complete collection of verse, to do what with? – I had no idea.- I ‘felt’ there was a purpose to it all and so I waited for the next ‘intuitive update’ of what to do with them, knowing it would come when the moment was right.
I showed a few of the verses to people across the age spectrum from teenage to mature years. The response from them all was the same. Each recognised that whichever particular verse they were ‘drawn to’ reflected emotional memories or a situation they were currently experiencing, or had experienced within their own lives. They each deeply resonated and connected with their chosen verse, for their own reasons and said they felt as if the verse could have been written personally for each one of them and felt they had ‘got what they needed’ from the words.
I began to understand and realise that the purpose of the words and the verses was to share them with others, to open an emotional heart and soul connection through their own recognition of the sentiments, and their intention to ‘not feel stuck’ any longer. The verses are uplifting, inspiring and offer a way of tapping into and reflecting the real life emotions which we experience regularly, and can create upset and worry and a dis-connect from ourselves. They help us to re-connect with ourselves and emotionally move forward in our lives.
It was then that the name Rainbow Inspired, the rainbow colours, the title of the books and the book format were now all revealed to me. So I trusted, took a leap of faith and last year walked on the path of self-publishing these precious books called The Rainbow Inspired Verse Collection. Moments in Time, are they yours, are they mine? by Ceran.
Time and time again, people are quite amazed when they choose a book they ‘feel drawn to’, turn the pages to a verse which ‘jumps out at them’ and recognise it reflecting exactly a situation or emotion they personally relate to. They are also quite surprised by the emotional realisation, release and reaction often experienced.
If recently you have been calling out for answers, guidance, support or help in some way… Silently ask your question…
choose your book and let the pages fall open where they may. Feel your heart and soul’s response. Reflect on the Angel’s spiritual wisdom in the verses. Be inspired, and embrace their reply with gratitude.
with love and Angel blessings, Ceran.
T: 07508 835406
Thank you to Ceran for sharing her journey – the BCMA encompass a wide range of therapies under our umbrella from bodywork to healing, some of them well known some are unique to the registered practitioner find out more – visit our website to find information on a therapy, a practitioner in your area or if you are a practitioner find out how you can join us.
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.
Which title would you be interested in? Are there any titles you would like to see added?
Tracy Smith BCMA Administrator
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
DOWSING FOR HEALTH AND ENERGY COURSE
Saturday 17th May 2014
St.Anne’s Heath County Junior School,
Sandhills Lane, Virginia Water,SurreyThe course will be run by Keith Harmon and Jane Court who are both very knowledgeable dowsers in the health field, experienced therapists and teach health dowsing for the British Society of Dowsers. Click here for more details and a booking form
Spotlight on Speakers – Alison Young
Please join me for an interactive session in learning about how you can help yourself and have the fitness and the physical health you want.
What is the Sarling Technique of Body Mechanics?
The Sarling Technique of Body Mechanics is a complimentary therapy used internationally based on the theory that good posture, alignment and daily Body Use Patterns, together with a series of simple Remedial Exercises, will ensure balance of Postural Muscles and so relieve strain from muscles and joints. Over a period of six weeks, Body Mechanics (BMT) will bring many benefits to the muscular skeletal systems. However, long term commitment to the BMT technique is necessary to bring lasting results! Muscles are the ‘pulling power’ on the skeleton. Skeletal muscles work in pairs – as one group shorten during movement, the opposing muscle group must lengthen. When muscles are correctly balanced, strain on the skeleton is minimised. BMT is a SELF HELP Therapy.
The remedial exercises are designed to address unbalance with counter balance movements, which will then, over a period of time, return the muscles to their balanced state. Daily exercise programmes are set to suit the individual’s needs and lifestyle. The precision remedial exercises can be done in bed before rising and at night on retiring. Each session takes approximately 3 minutes.
Daily Body Use
The Body use Patterns can be incorporated daily so that there is no disruption to lifestyle. These very soon become a way of life – as natural as your daily hygiene routine.
Posture and Alignment
Correct posture is the foundation of healthy movement, so it is important to check in regularly to see if your posture is aligned. When you practice proper posture, your running and walking will feel more fluid and efficient. Practice regularly and you’ll be creating the conditions for energy to flow through your body all day long
For thousands of years the ‘Laying on of hands’ or massage in many forms has been used to heal the sick. To Ancient Greeks and Roman physicians massage was the way of healing and relieving pain. Hippocrates, the father of medicine wrote “rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid. Julius Caesar who suffered from epilepsy was ‘pinched’ all over daily to relieve headaches and neuralgia. Massage was known to disperse toxins found in muscles which were not expelled by exercise. The effects of massage depend on the knowledge and skills of the therapist and through skilful treatment all systems and organs will benefit from massage.
Individual advice is necessary for posture and alignment correction. Often this is thought to be the hardest part of BMT technique. For most people at least four changes need to be made to their skeletal alignment structure. This is normally taught over a six week period, together with the Body Use Patterns. A basic remedial exercise programme is set at the first consultation and may be progressed if necessary.
Alison Louise Young is a ‘Sarling Technique’ Body Mechanic’s Therapist who has been working in the field of Holistic Therapy for over 3 years. Alison had the great opportunity to be trained by the founder of the therapy Grace Olive-Collins who is a professional member of MCSP member of the chartered physiotherapists and HPC registered BCMA ALTT and registered with the National society of Back Care. Olive has worked within this field for over 30 years, during which time she has provided professional training to a variety of practitioners, as well as practicing from her own studio in Ware in Hertfordshire, England.
Previously Alison worked within the scientific industry for over 18 years supporting various therapeutic groups including Pain, Psychiatry, Translational Pharmacological Sciences, Neuroprotection, Neurodegeneration, Gastrointestinal Diseases, MRI, Metabolism and Respiratory research. Her belief in the importance of treating the physical, mind and body is not only due to her training but also her own physical condition and as well as providing the therapy has also been on the receiving end, which has been invaluable.
Along with the speakers we will have tables promoting courses/selling CAM related products, (a few table spaces are available please contact the office if you would like a table), and the BCMA team will be on hand during the day to answer questions and offer advice
The venue is easily accessible and there is plenty of car parking behind the hall The cost for the day will be £35 for BCMA membersand £40 for non members which includes tea/coffee and biscuits but not lunch (bring a packed lunch and enjoy networking with other attendees)
For more information and booking click here