“What is food for one person may be poison for another.”
Lucretius, 75 B.C.
Although less than 2% of the population suffers from food allergies, it is estimated that more than 20% suffer from food intolerances.
Food allergies are immediate and obvious, like an allergy to peanuts, to shellfish, to eggs, and the reactions may be harsh. Some of the symptoms may be sneezing, swelling, rashes, skin irritation, weakness, and they can vary widely in severity. Usually in this type of allergies the immune system produces IgE antibodies to defend itself against the enemy, which in this case is food or some ingredients; this is how unwanted symptoms are created.
Food intolerance is characterized by a delayed reaction; symptoms may occur after hours or days of eating the food. For example, if our body lacks some enzymes such as lactose we experience adverse symptoms when drinking milk or consuming dairy. Other symptoms of lactose intolerance may be bloating, severe drowsiness and confusion. We also may have no physical symptoms at all and then the situation is more complicated; since symptoms may appear up to three days after eating the food, we can not be sure which food caused the intolerance.
Possible intolerance symptoms:
• Intense anxiety
• Lack of concentration, ADHD
• Celiac Disease
• Bloating / Indigestion
• Diarrhea or constipation
• Headaches / Migraines
• Chronic weakness
• Irritable bowel / Colitis
• Skin problems
• Extra weight
• Fluid retention
• Inflammatory bowel
How the Nutritional Therapy Athens Clinic can help
Every person is different and so are their bodies and their reactions; that is why in your individual session we examine your personal needs by analyzing the causes of your intolerances. Some of the issues that may be investigated by special functional tests are gastrointestinal dysfunction, intestinal flora health, immune system reactions, unbalanced diet, any pharmacology. During your individual session we record your full health history as well as your eating and other habits, so that it can all be taken into account.
Personalized Nutritional Strategy
After the diagnostic assessments we lay out your personalized nutritional strategy that consists of the individual Rotation Dietary Plan and the individual Bowel Restoration Protocol. Our goal is to restore the normal function of the immune system and investigate the appropriate conditions in which we can safely reinstate in your diet the foods you were intolerant to, without adverse symptoms.