Food Intolerance

Are My Awful Symptoms Caused By A Food Intolerance?

25th August, 2017
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I recently had a question from a client that sounded very familiar. While I happily answered the query, it occurred to me that, with so many people asking the same question, it was a good one to share…

Hi, Kate,

I’ve had some troubling symptoms for several years that no doctor has been able to get to the bottom of, including a skin rash, joint pains, brain fog, feeling bloated and gassy after meals, and feeling utterly exhausted (even after 8-10 hours of sleep!).

At this point, it seems like I’ve seen every specialist out there, and never get any answer beyond ‘It’s IBS’. My (extensive) blood tests have always been normal, aside from slightly high cholesterol.

Are my awful symptoms caused by food intolerance?

Please help, I’m so fed up of feeling like this!


Here’s what I had to say…

Hi, Lauren,

It definitely sounds like a food intolerance could be the underlying cause of some (or even all) of your issues. Your gut health can affect your skin, causing problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Bloating, gas and a generally upset stomach, as well as brain fog can likewise be the result of food intolerance. The most likely culprits for the latter are gluten, other grains, and dairy. Persistent fatigue is another common symptom of a food intolerance, which acts as a continuing source of stress on the adrenal gland, and can lead to adrenal burnout and fatigue.  

I would also consider the possibility of SIBO, which is thought to be the underlying cause of food intolerances and is present in up to 84% of people with IBS.

I can well understand that you’re fed up and exhausted from these symptoms. Any one of them can be a real drain, putting up with all of them on a long-term basis is bound to make you feel awful. It’s also very frustrating to have no answer for the problem beyond the generic diagnosis of ‘IBS’, which is a bit of a catch-all umbrella term for anything gut-related that can’t be pinned on something else.

Determining if an intolerance is the cause of any of these symptoms isn’t possible without a testing, so that’s your first step. Our Gut Gremlins and Tummy Troubles packages are perfect for this and include testing, a one-hour appointment with myself, as well as a full write-up of your results and what action you need to take next.

I would also recommend a SIBO test to eliminate that as a factor. It’s a simple breath test that can be completed at home. You can add this to your package for an additional £145. Alternatively, it’s included as part of our Gut Gremlins and Tummy Troubles Comprehensive Package, along with a detailed assessment of your large intestine health (including parasites, yeasts, bacteria, etc.).

Depending on the results of your tests, relief from your symptoms may be just around the corner!

Love Kate

Other Symptoms Caused By Food Intolerance…

If, like Lauren, you’re worried you have symptoms caused by a food intolerance, take a look at some of the other symptoms this issue can cause.