AT Home with Dr Chris Steele - September 2011 - (Page 75)

Food fights! Having a food intolerance can cause bloating, migraines and eczema – but tHere are ways to keep it at bay ot to be confused with a food allergy, where the immune system is activated and symptoms can occur almost immediately, a food intolerance is a milder but also unpleasant reaction to a food or ingredient. It’s harder to identify than a food allergy because the symptoms are often quite vague. It can be associated with headaches and migraines, skin problems and chronic inflammatory conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). N Who’s affected? Food intolerances can affect anyone, and at any age. Charity, Allergy UK, (www.allergyuk.org) estimates that up to 45% of people in the UK suffer from food intolerance symptoms. There can be a hereditary factor, so if your parents have food intolerances, you could have an increased likelihood of developing one. What causes an intolerance? It occurs when the body is unable to deal with a certain food, and doesn’t produce enough of the chemical or enzyme needed to digest that food. There are a number of possible reasons why people develop food intolerances. Modern lifestyles often lead people to frequently eat the same types of foods, such as pasta, bread and cereals. You also tend to rush through your meals without giving your stomach time to digest the food properly. A reaction to the histamine (a naturally occurring chemical) found in certain foods can also cause intolerances, as can chemical additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) and caffeine. What are the symptoms? They can take between a few hours and a few days to develop, which makes the actual cause very difficult to discover. There are many symptoms associated with food intolerance, including bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, skin problems > http://www.allergyuk.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Dr Chris Steele - September 2011

EDITOR’S LETTER
A DOCTOR’S WELCOME
NEWS UPFRONT
SAVE THE DATE
A SENSITIVE TOUCH
UNDER THE HOOD
CELEBRITY HEALTH SECRETS
THE BIG INTERVIEW
TV HIGHLIGHTS
WHAT A MARVEL
OUCH, THAT HURTS
A HAPPY HEART
WAVE GOODBYE TO SMOKING
EYE SEE!
AN EARFUL
THE LOWDOWN ON DIABETES
HARD TO STOMACH?
GUT REACTION
ARTHRITIC AND UNDER 30?
SHRINK ME
FIGHTING FIT
BREAST CANCER
BOOST YOUR BONE DENSITY
TRYING TO CONCEIVE?
VEIN HOPE
ON THE BALL
CAN HE BREAK HIS PENIS?
TIME FOR A TOP UP
ULTRA SWIFT SUPPERS
SO, YOU THINK YOU’RE EATING RIGHT?
GLUTEN-FREE FOODS ON TEST
AGE-PROOF YOUR FACE
PEARLY WHITES
COSMETIC SURGERY
COMING SOON
TOP HEALTH TIPS
WORK WELLNESS
DON’T SWEAT IT
PLANNING AHEAD
STAYING MOBILE
LAST WORD

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