Suspected food allergies and intolerances require a proper diagnosis by qualified health professionals. It is important that you get investigations done by specialty doctors (e.g. immunologists, gastroenterologists, dermatologists, neurologists). Having a diagnosis of a food allergy, food intolerance or Coeliac Disease means that other diagnosis have been ruled out and I can provide the latest evidence-based advice to help manage your condition. This will involve educating you about how strict you need to be with your diet, how safe your level of strictness is for your health as well as give you guidance over time when your circumstances change.
For those who think food could play a role, dietary investigations in the form of Elimination diets can be done with my support and guidance.
When modifying your diet to exclude certain food components it is important to seek the advice of a specialist allergy and food intolerance Dietitian to ensure you are meeting your body’s nutritional requirements. Taking out one food component will change your diet nutritionally as well as change other food components that you are not aware of eg additives. I have seen many clients get confused and waste a lot of time and effort modifying their diet inappropriately without expert guidance. Advice and support from the Dietitian is required before, during and after any dietary modification to ensure nutritional adequacy, compliance and accurate interpretation of results.
Please be aware that there are many unorthodox tests available aimed at identifying food allergies and intolerances where results are often misinterpreted, inaccurate and not reliable.