Food Intolerance - Smartblood Q&A

5 ways food intolerances affect your fitness

Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or you’re taking steps to introduce a little more activity into your daily routine, it can be frustrating when you’re not seeing progress.

 

We all know that results come from a blend of regular exercise and a balanced diet. But, on the diet side, sometimes even the healthiest meals can undermine your efforts if you’re eating something that doesn’t agree with you.

It’s estimated that around 45% of the UK population suffers with food intolerance. This means that almost half of us struggle to digest certain foods in our diets, leading to a host of unwanted side effects.

So, if you’re finding that you’re missing the mark when it comes to your health and fitness goals, it might be time to take a closer look at exactly what you’re fuelling your body with.

Firstly, what is food intolerance?

Food intolerances can occur when your body’s immune system mistakes a food protein as a threat, releasing antibodies to fight it. This reaction can result in a range of inflammatory symptoms, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and bloating, headaches, brain fog, skin complaints like eczema or acne, or joint pain.

 

While for some, the symptoms are quite mild and manageable, for others, the impact their trigger foods have on their health can be debilitating. Even milder intolerances can have a surprising impact, preventing you from experiencing optimal health.

 

Food intolerance is often confused with food allergy, but the two are very different. Allergies are usually present from birth and symptoms, which can be life threatening, tend to appear immediately after being exposed to a trigger food. Food intolerances however, although often uncomfortable, are not as severe and can take up to 72 hours to appear. This delayed reaction makes it particularly difficult to pinpoint the cause. Unlike allergies, you can develop a food intolerance at any stage of life.

So, how can food intolerances hold us back from achieving our fitness goals?

      1. Stress to the system

 

The physical reactions associated with food intolerances generally involve inflammation, which puts the body under a lot of unwanted stress. When stressed your body simply can’t function at its best and you may notice you feel tired and irritable, as well as experiencing a range of other physical symptoms.

 

      1. Poor absorption

 

Food intolerances can wreak havoc on your digestion. Left unchecked, more severe intolerances can lead to a condition called leaky gut, where the gut wall becomes damaged and porous. When this happens, the body struggles to absorb all the nutrients it needs from the food you’re eating.

 

A leaky gut or a stressed gut doesn’t function optimally, which means you’re simply not getting the full benefit of your food and you may not be properly fuelling yourself, either for your workouts or your recovery after exercise.

 

      1. Battling the bloating

 

Bloating is an incredibly common side effect of food intolerance and can be extremely uncomfortable. Trying to exercise while bloated can be painful and you might find it difficult to give your workouts the energy and attention they need to be effective.

 

The swollen appearance of bloating can also mask the weight loss achieved by keeping your stomach looking distended and making your clothing feel tighter.

 

      1. Feeling fatigued

 

For some, food intolerances can lead to a general feeling of fatigue, with low energy and, at times, low mood. This can make it very difficult to maintain the motivation needed to commit to being consistent with your workouts and you may struggle to complete your exercises.

 

      1. Painful movement

 

Another symptom of food intolerance is joint pain. Inflammation in the body, caused by the IgG antibody reaction produced in response to your trigger foods, can cause painful swelling in the joints around your body. This can make exercising painful and hamper your flexibility and mobility.  

Take control of your diet

Getting to the bottom of a food intolerance can be frustrating. A common recommendation is the elimination diet, where you remove one food at a time for a few weeks to see how you feel. But this process can take a long time. And, although many of us commonly react to a few different ingredients, the elimination diet is often abandoned when the first trigger food is found, leaving an incomplete picture of what’s causing the problem.

Get answers faster with Smartblood

When it comes to food intolerance testing, it’s important to do your research and choose a reputable laboratory testing company.

At Smartblood, we offer a comprehensive test to help you take control of your diet quickly and discover your own trigger foods. 

Our home-to-laboratory service gives you fast, accurate results that pinpoint exactly which foods you are reacting to. Tests are completed in our accredited laboratory by trained experts, with clear, easy to understand results sent to you via email within three days. 

Dedicated nutritional support

Our tests also include a telephone consultation with our BANT registered Nutritional Therapist. This additional support is there to help you understand your results and put a plan together to make safe, sustainable changes to optimise your diet.

If you have specific health and fitness goals in mind, this session can be incredibly helpful, giving you a great understanding of the best foods to include in your diet to help fuel you.

Smartblood Story - Julia's Intolerance to Dairy

Julia is a market trader, and also studying speech and language therapy. Julia has suffered with regular migraines for over 22 years, and has tried everything to get rid of them, even ice baths!

It wasn't until Julia had a Smartblood food intolerance test recommended to her by one of her friends that she found out that she had raised IgG antibody levels to many dairy products. Replacing these foods with others on the advice of a Smartblood nutritional therapist has made a big difference in Julia's life - her migraines have vanished, and she would recommend a Smartblood test to anybody.

It’s estimated that those with trigger foods actually react to between 4 and 6 ingredients and the results can be surprising. Anything from prawns to potatoes can present a problem.

If you think dairy is causing you discomfort, cut out the guesswork with a Smartblood test. With results available in as little as 3 days, you don’t have to wait long to take control of your diet and see the benefits.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

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1st Step Test

  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
£19.75Free p&p
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Smartblood Test

  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £110 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation
£129.75Free p&p

If you think that a food intolerance may be responsible for your symptoms then we believe that our easy to complete tests could help you. SImply choose either a 1st-step indicator test for a positive/negative result overall or find out all of your food intolerances out at once with the full Smartblood test.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

Image

1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£129.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £110 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation

If you think that you may have a food intolerance then we believe that our easy to complete tests could help you. SImply choose either a 1st-step indicator test for a positive/negative result overall or find out all of your food intolerances out at once with the full Smartblood test.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete programme that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

Image

1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£129.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £110 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation