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Intolerances and Allergies

Intolerances and Allergies

You sheepishly order your brunch with many questions. How the toast is cooked? Is there any onion in the Spanish eggs? Are the hash browns fried with anything else?

You feel embarrassed and hate making such a fuss each time. But you can’t help it. You worry because one ingredient can leave you in pain and stuck in the toilet for an hour. A nightmare when your friends - or worse still, your colleagues - are waiting for you. 

You dread getting:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea

Then there’s also:

  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Mood disturbances
  • Rashes
  • Anaphylaxis

It may even be aggravating other conditions you have like multiple sclerosis or eczema (Fakih et al. 2018).

Breath tests. Bloods. Cameras up and down your insides. Positive or negative results- you don’t know what to do next.  

You may have been told you have a

  • Malabsorption
  • Intolerance
  • Allergy
  • Sensitivity
  • Autoimmune disorder

But then what next? Grocery shopping takes two hours. Googling all the ingredients is time consuming.

You’ve been told to follow a FODMAP diet - sometimes it works. Other times it doesn’t. You certainly can’t go out for meals on it. You feel stuck having the same safe meals over and over again.

“Why is this happening to me?” or “How can I get rid of it?”

We understand you may feel frustrated, hopeless, or confused by now.

Well please know that you are not alone. Here at Body and Brain Centre, we hear this a lot.

It’s great that you’ve tried a few things. You now know what doesn’t work. So you’re a step closer to finding out what does work.

Ways we can help you manage your intolerances & allergies

Our team are experienced in helping you discover your food triggers - and together we’ll put together a plan to help you manage it. If more testing is needed, they’ll refer you for exactly what you need because they’ve taken the time to fully assess and understand you first.

People find relief from stress and anxiety through a range of ways, depending on preference and their needs:

You don’t need to worry about which service suits - we’ll point you in the right direction. However, you may like to understand how a few of these services may help:

Dietetics and Nutrition for intolerances and allergies

More than just what food you eat. It’s about when you eat. How you prepare it. And how much.

Do you need new pots and pans? Your dietitian will make sure not only what’s on your plate but also that the plate itself isn’t making you unwell.

You’ll learn to understand food and your nutritional needs. Counsel you about your food motivations. And if you need it, we’ll guide you through FODMAPs.

Lots of GPs refer to our dietitians for their specialised training in food intolerances and the FODMAP diet. If that’s the case, our dietitians will consult with your GP so everyone is on the same page.

Naturopathy for intolerances and allergies

Your naturopath will take a holistic view of your wellbeing.

Are there household toxins affecting your guts (Bisanz et al. 2014) (Samsel & Seneff 2013)?

Do you have enough enzymes and gastric acid to break down your meals (Wanes et al. 2019)? Are your gut bacteria helping or hindering your healthy diet choices?

Do you have a leaky gut?

Naturopathy focuses on maintaining harmony in the body - allergies and intolerances signal an imbalance. We’ll help you get to the root cause of the issue so your body can return to harmony.

You may get a uniquely formulated herbal mix or nutritional supplements. Along with nutritional guidance and lifestyle advice.

Even though it may not be your goal, you may see other changes with your supplements and improved diet. Your skin may get clearer (Juhl et al. 2018). Headaches lessen (Thompson & Saluja 2017). Stress may fade (Young et al. 2019). And your guts may feel great again.

Let us help you

Not sure which service to start with? 

No worries. Book your free phone consultation and we’ll point you in the right direction. Medicare rebates may be available. From here we can start an open, and honest conversation about your allergies and intolerances just to make sure we’re the right fit for you.

Book your free phone consultation now.

Research references

  • Bisanz JE, Enos MK, Mwanga JR, Changalucha J, Burton JP, Gloor GB & Reid G (2014). Randomized open-label pilot study of the influence of probiotics and the gut microbiome on toxic metal levels in Tanzanian pregnant women and school children. MBio. 2014 Oct 31;5(5). Higher blood lead levels were associated with fecal bacteria in pregnant women and children in Tanzania.
  • Fakih R, Diaz-Cruz C, Chua AS, Gonzalez C, Healy BC, Sattarnezhad N, Glanz BI, Weiner HL, Chitnis T (2018). Food allergies are associated with increased disease activity in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 2018; jnnp-2018-319301 DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2018-319301
  • Juhl CR, Bergholdt HKM, Miller IM, Jemec GBE, Kanters JK, Ellervik C. Dairy Intake and Acne Vulgaris: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of 78,529 Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults. Nutrients. 2018;10(8):1049. Published 2018 Aug 9. doi:10.3390/nu10081049
  • Lakhan, S.E., Vieira, K.F. Nutritional and herbal supplements for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders: systematic review. Nutr J 9, 42 (2010).
  • Samsel A & Seneff S (2013). Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases. Entropy 2013, 15, 1416-1463.
  • Semrad CE. Approach to the patient with diarrhea and malabsorption. Goldman's cecil medicine. 2012:895.
  • Thompson DF & Saluja HS (2017). Prophylaxis of migraine headaches with riboflavin: a systematic review. Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics. 2017 Aug;42(4):394-403. Riboflavin is well tolerated, inexpensive and has demonstrated efficacy in the reduction of adult patient's migraine headache frequency. Additional data are needed, however, to resolve questions involving pharmacokinetic issues and pharmacogenomic implications of therapy.
  • Wanes D, Husein DM & Naim HY (2019). Congenital Lactase Deficiency: Mutations, Functional and Biochemical Implications, and Future Perspectives. Nutrients. 2019;11(2):461. Published 2019 Feb 22. doi:10.3390/nu11020461
  • Young LM, Pipingas A, White DJ, Gauci S & Scholey A (2019). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of B Vitamin Supplementation on Depressive Symptoms, Anxiety, and Stress: Effects on Healthy and 'At-Risk' Individuals. Nutrients. 2019;11(9):2232. Published 2019 Sep 16. doi:10.3390/nu11092232. B vitamins may be beneficial for some people with stress but not for anxiety and depression.