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Food Intolerances and Allergies

Food Intolerances and Allergies

Food Intolerances and Allergies

We can help you make sense of food allergies and intolerance diagnosis.  With experience in elimination diets for intolerances and knowledge of allergies we can help you effectively manage avoidance of allergen, decrease high risk situations and optimise nutrition.

What is food allergy?

A food allergy occurs when there is an abnormal reaction by your immune system to a component in food, usually a protein. Your immune system responds by generating antibodies, which can trigger symptoms such as hives (a type of skin rash), swelling around the mouth, vomiting or diarrhoea, difficulty breathing, collapsing, or anaphylaxis (a very severe allergic reaction). Total avoidance of the problem food is the only solution to a food allergy.

Food allergy is most commonly seen in early childhood, and occurs in around 5% of children. Food allergy is usually “outgrown” during childhood, except for allergies to nuts, seeds and seafood. About 1% of adults have a food allergy.

What is food intolerance?

Often when adults think they have a food allergy, they actually have a food intolerance instead. Food intolerance is different from a food allergy, and does not involve your immune system. It occurs when you have an enzyme deficiency (such as in lactose intolerance) or a reaction to natural or artificial substances in foods. Intolerance to a substance within foods can increase symptoms such as headaches, skin rashes or stomach upsets

How We Can Help!

Total Nutrition Dietitian will help you manage your food challenges.  Currently there is no cure for food allergies.  Strict avoidance is the only prevention in food allergies.  We can develop a meal plan to ensure your diet is nutritionally adequate so you aren’t missing out on important nutrients when you take our certain foods.

  • Advice and guidance with evidence based elimination diets
  • Ensure nutritional adequacy with replacements foods
  • Menu planning and recipes
  • Label reading and shopping advice
  • Advice for fuss free allergy safe socialising and eating out
  • Follow up and reintroduction of foods part of the therapy

For more information on allergies and intolerances http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy/resources/allergy/infosheets.html