What’s your poison? Is Alcohol intolerance the reason for your hangover?

What’s your poison? Is Alcohol intolerance the reason for your hangover?

We’ve all been there. That fuzzy headed feeling when you’ve downed a few cheeky drinks the night before. Most of us have experienced the symptoms of a hangover, and know that they can range from nausea and headaches to skin breakouts and digestive problems. We’ve come to expect this as the punishment for our overindulgence and don’t give it a second thought as we reach for the paracetamol.

But there’s a difference between that killer hangover after too many 3am shots of sambuca and suffering the same symptoms after a more civilised glass of wine or two with dinner.

Could it be an Alcohol Intolerance?

Whilst ‘Alcohol Intolerance’ suggests a sensitivity to the ethanol, it’s actually more likely that you are reacting to one of the many ingredients found in the beverage.

These potential ‘trigger foods’ are often completely overlooked as we tend to assume that it’s simply a case of ‘drinking too much‘ which leads us to feel so terrible the next day.

So, what could be causing a potential alcohol intolerance?

Yeast

The basis of the fermentation process necessary in beers and wines, yeast is a common trigger for Food Intolerance. Feeding off sugars in order to ferment, the bubbling result can be upsetting for the digestive system for those who have a yeast intolerance.

Whilst it can be hard to avoid yeast when it comes to alcohol, you can choose to partake in spirits and mixers such as vodka, gin or bourbon. Or instead, opt for filtered beers and wines.

Fruits

Many artisanal beers, as well as ciders, are made using a range of fruits. This can be bad news if you have an intolerance to berries, apples, pears or other fruits such as citrus.

As a food we perceive to be healthy, even in alcohol we don’t tend to assume fruit would cause us any ill effects. But, if you’re experiencing IgG reactions to certain fruits, they could be contributing to those hangover-like symptoms.

Gluten

A component of wheat-based beers and ales, gluten can be a common cause of many problems with digestion, skin and even the cause of migraine,

If you feel that the fuzzy head and poorly tummy you’re experiencing the next day simply doesn’t add up to the amount you actually drank, it could be the case that it’s the gluten causing you problems.

Getting to the bottom(s up) of it

If you suspect something in your tipple is the tipping point for your symptoms, we can help. Our simple finger prick home-to-lab test analyses reactions to 134 food and drink ingredients, providing you with clear results in just 3 days.

Find out more here

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
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation
£249.75Free 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

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 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

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation