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Packing a food intolerance friendly picnic

The weather is warming up and, with social distancing still recommended, outdoor picnics are a great way to get together and enjoy the summer safely.

But for those of us with a food intolerance, many of our traditional picnic favourites can feel like they’re off the menu.

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Could beer be behind your bloating?

The easing of lockdown has ushered in a welcome return to the beer garden. While many of us indulged in alcoholic drinks at home over the past year, the social element of the pub has been something that many of us have missed.
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Getting fit this summer. How to make real sustainable changes.

With the weather heating up, many of us are turning our attention to the extra pounds we gained during lockdown.

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Are food intolerances more common now?

Ask one of your grandparents and they’ll probably tell you that food intolerances were pretty unheard of in their day. Free From options simply didn’t exist.
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Can you grow out of a food intolerance?

When you’ve eaten a varied diet all your life, it can be frustrating to find out that foods you previously enjoyed without issues are now causing you to feel unwell.
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Could food intolerance be causing your joint pain?

Sore, aching, and stiff joints are something we commonly put down to ageing, or a natural response to exercise. We often excuse aches and pains without much thought, managing the symptoms with over-the-counter medication

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Could something in my diet be causing my eczema?

Itchy, painful, and hard to hide, for many of us, skin complaints are the bane of our lives. From rashes to acne, when we suffer a flare up, finding ways to soothe the skin is only half the battle.
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Struggling with your weight. Could food intolerance be to blame?

When you’re trying to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and generally make efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it can be frustrating not to see the results you’d expect on the scales.
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From bangers to burgers. Could you have a meat intolerance?

Plant-based diets may be on the rise, but it’ll be a while yet before they completely replace meat.

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4 reasons why your Nutritional Therapy consultation is the most important part of your food intolerance test.

Have you ever tried to make a major change to your diet?
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Food intolerance: Testing methods under the microscope

It’s estimated that around 45% of the UK population has a food intolerance. With almost half of us experiencing an issue relating to our diet, it’s not surprising that we want to get to the bottom of it.
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Food intolerance and depression. Is there a link?

With Easter out of the way and spring in full swing, many of us are looking forward to casting off the winter blues and enjoying sunnier days.

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Could your lockdown diet have triggered a food intolerance?

With the end of lockdown in sight and sunnier weather beckoning, many of us are turning our attention to our diets, looking to shed the unwanted pounds brought on by one too many slices of banana bread.
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Should I just give up dairy?

When it comes to making connections between our diets and our health, dairy often gets a bad rep. The increasing availability of Free From alternatives, combined with celebrity-endorsed food trends and the rise of veganism have all made going milk-free more mainstream. But is dairy really a problem?
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What’s behind the bloating?

We’ve all been there. Tucking into a delicious meal, we overindulge until the waistband is digging into our stomach and the button is ready to pop. That uncomfortable feeling of fullness is a common result of overeating, and generally nothing to be concerned about.

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What are the common symptoms of a food intolerance?

It’s estimated that around 45% of adults in the UK suffer with a food intolerance. With almost half the population experiencing issues with something in their diet, it’s clear that food intolerances are common. But are the symptoms?
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Are food intolerances and food allergies the same?

The terms ‘food intolerance’ and ‘food allergy’ are often used interchangeably. While they are commonly mistaken and misunderstood, the two reactions involved are very different.
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Research grant helps Smartblood make food intolerance testing more affordable.

At Smartblood, we’re delighted to be able to offer our most comprehensive food intolerance test at a market leading price, thanks to a new research grant.

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Q&A with Smartblood Nutritionist Sheila.

Food Intolerance - Smartblood Q&A - Cameron Harris is a Fitness Expert and co-founder of TRUTH Gym, a 5 star fitness facility based in the prestigious Devonshire Club in the City of London.
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Smartblood Q&A - Marathon

Smartblood Medical Director prepares to run London Marathon.
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6 key effects of stress on the body

It’s natural to feel stressed at different times in our lives. From micro stresses such as deadlines and traffic to more prolonged episodes of difficulty, we all succumb to the negative aspects of anxiety from time to time.

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Smartblood Q&A

Food Intolerance - Smartblood Q&A - Cameron Harris is a Fitness Expert and co-founder of TRUTH Gym, a 5 star fitness facility based in the prestigious Devonshire Club in the City of London.
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Behind the scenes at Smartblood for Healthcare Science Week.

Smartblood Co-founder and Scientific Director Peter Horlock has a passion for problem solving. Able to look at complicated problems and break them down logically until the best solution is found gives him the unique set of skills and patience best suited to a scientist.
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Food Intolerance friendly Free From pancakes

We flippin’ love pancake day. With all those tasty toppings and competitive batter tossing activity, it’s one of those culinary points in the calendar we look forward to every year.
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New Year, new you. Tips to get healthy in 2020

A new year, a new you. That’s what we always promise. It’s a good way to convince ourselves that we’re capable of change as we wolf down another Quality Street and struggle for the TV remote.
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Can you be intolerant to chocolate?

Too much of anything can be a bad thing and that can certainly be true with chocolate. Tempting as it is, eating too much isn’t going to be good for your health, or your waistline.
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What’s your poison? Is Alcohol intolerance the reason for your hangover?

But there’s a difference between that killer hangover after too many 3am shots of s...
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National Curry Week – is the nations’ favourite dish making you sick?

Consistently voted Britain’s best dish, we love a curry. From korma to keema and balti to bhuna, we can’t get enough of that complex blend of spices. Whether you like yours mild, delicately infused with coconut or searingly hot, packed full of mouth watering chillies,
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National Baking Week. Food intolerance friendly free-from alternatives

It’s that time of year again. Boosted by the encouraging words of Mary Berry and inspired by a trestle table groaning under the weight of brilliant bakes, we pick up the spatula, determined to clai...
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Feeling SAD? Can food intolerance affect your mood?

The leaves are starting to turn. A chill is creeping into the morning air. As we kiss goodbye to summer and look to pumpkin spice lattes and snugly jumpers, we also usher in a darker side of the se...
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Post-holiday poorly. Could food intolerance be to blame?

There’s nothing like a week or two away from the stresses of work to make you approach life with restored. The great British holiday is a time for carefree abandon as we jet off to exotic climbs, s...
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Taking a Food Intolerance test?

The words ‘allergy’ and ‘intolerance’ are often used interchangeably but they are, in fact, very different things. An allergy (classed as an IgE reaction) is usually instantaneous after contact wit...
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Smartblood - 7 tips to reduce bloating!

It has long been suspected that there is a direct link between thyroid disorders and troublesome gut symptoms – which in some give rise to the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). By accident more often...
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Migraines and food - is your diet giving you a headache?

Anyone who’s felt the agonising crush of a migraine will tell you how exh...
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From beer to bread, how to tackle a yeast intolerance

A living fungus, yeast is a natural, active ingredient used in both baking and brewing. Feeding on sugar, yeast converts it into carbon dioxide and alcohol, helping bread to rise and beer to brew. .
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From your skin to your mood, the unusual signs of Food Intolerance.

When you think about food intolerance, you usually imagine the issues that problem foods can have on the digestive system. Bloating, diarrhoea and constipation can all arise when you eat something ...
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'Nutrichondria' Are you suffering with the latest diet complaint?

From celebrity testimonials and social media to the Free From aisles in the supermarket, our diets are being increasingly influenced by the world around us.
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The rise and rise of Free From foods

It used to be the case that, if you needed a Free From alternative, you’d have to visit the large supermarkets and even then, you were likely to find only a small offering of highly overpriced prod...
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Dairy Free Ice Cream Alternatives for Summer!

The distant buzz of bees floats over the summer breeze; the sun beats down, heating your skin as you notice that nostalgic tinkle of the ice cream van coming closer. Sweltering summer days just are...
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About your Thyroid & Food Intolerance

It has long been suspected that there is a direct link between thyroid disorders and troublesome gut symptoms – which in some give rise to the