What is a food intolerance?
A food intolerance occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food, and as a result has an adverse physiological response to that particular food. The mechanism by which this occurs and subsequent symptoms experienced, are very specific to the individual and the type of food in question. Identifying the specific reactive mechanism triggered by the ingestion of this food is vital to understanding the management and implementation of appropriate dietary interventions to limit potentially adverse symptoms.
Symptoms include nausea, bloating and diarrhoea, migraines, eczema, skin rashes, fatigue, joint pain, bloating, IBS, diarrhoea, sinusitis, anxiety, constipation, acne or depression. Once the cause of the intolerance is identified, diet modification is the main treatment. After doing an OptiWay test, you will receive a colour coded report with foods listed in three groups: red (to avoid), yellow (to eat in moderation) and green (to eat liberally).
Food intolerances or food sensitivities should not be confused with food allergies, although the terms are commonly used interchangeably in error.