Food Intolerance - Smartblood Q&A

Going Free From – Top tips

When you realise something you’re eating isn’t agreeing with you, the next logical step is to remove it from your diet. But sometimes, that’s easier said than done.

Our trigger foods can often be some of our most favourite things to eat, making them very hard to resist. They can also be ingredients which feature heavily in meals, and prepared products, making it difficult to avoid them.

If you’re trying to make changes to your diet to avoid a problem food, here are some of our top tips.

Seek out support

When you first start out making changes to your diet, it can be daunting. Finding support from others who are going through the same journey can be really helpful, as well as a good source of motivation and inspiration.

Look out for Free From groups on social media, as well as helpful blogs full of advice and recipes to help keep you on track.

Find Free From alternatives

It used to be the case that finding Free From products was a real mission. Now, thanks to more diverse diets, the rise of veganism and an increased understanding of allergy and intolerance, there is a lot more choice on supermarket shelves.

Most stores now carry comprehensive Free From ranges, catering to those avoiding the more common trigger foods, such as egg, wheat, gluten and dairy, as well as meat free alternatives.

Don’t nix the nutrients

When we’re trying to avoid a trigger food, it can seem like the easiest thing to do is to simply cut the food group out entirely, but this can be detrimental when it comes to maintaining a balanced diet.

Similarly, we can often overlook the nutrients a certain food gives us and forget to find alternative sources to keep us healthy.

For example, if you discover that cows’ milk causes you problems, you’ll likely look to avoid milk, yoghurt and cheese. But in doing so, you could be missing out on important sources of calcium. Make sure that you consider alternative ways to factor those nutrients into your diet. In the case of calcium, with nuts, spinach, almond milk, fortified cereals and orange juice or sardines. 

Don’t deprive yourself

Cutting out your favourite foods cold turkey isn’t great for your motivation and could lead to you craving that trigger food more than ever. Instead, try to find similar substitutes that satisfy. There’s a wide range of wheat, gluten and dairy free alternatives out there to give you a good stand in for your favourite foods.

If your trigger food is something a little less mainstream, don’t despair. There’s usually a way to replicate the taste and textures of your favourite foods, be it through Free From products or clever swaps with ingredients that have a similar flavour profile.

Learn your labels

When it comes to labels and food intolerances, we tend to know the more obvious ingredients to look out for.

If you’re trying to avoid milk, you look for ‘cows’ milk’. But what about the other names? Milk can also be listed as lactose, whey, casein, lactulose, lactoglobulin and hydrolysates to name a few!

Most allergens, or ingredients in general, have a range of different names, depending on how they’ve been processed and their particular use in a product. If you’re trying to avoid a particular food, it may be worth swatting up on its pseudonyms.

Talk to a nutritionist

Maintaining a balanced, healthy diet when you’re also trying to avoid trigger foods isn’t easy. There’s lots to remember and, when we’re busy, it’s easy to forget what we should be looking for. This is why talking with a trained nutritionist can be particularly helpful, guiding you towards the optimum diet for you. 

A good nutritionist can suggest helpful alternatives that balance the nutrition you need with the types of foods and flavours you love. They can also help to suggest foods that can support you in your health and wellbeing goals.

Could you have a food intolerance?

Food intolerances, which can occur when your body’s immune system mistakes a food protein as a threat, releasing antibodies to fight it, can cause a host of inflammation.

Headaches, brain fog, IBS, bloating, low mood, and joint pain are all reactions that can result from a food intolerance, as well as skin complaints like eczema or acne.

If some of these complaints look familiar, and you haven’t been able to work out the cause, it might be time to take a closer look at your diet.

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

Importantly, our tests 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. 

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