Our top 5 intolerances! - Test Your Intolerance New Zealand

Test Your Intolerance have found that the Top 5 intolerances that our valued customers fall culprit to is dairy, wheat, nuts, eggs and pollen. 

We understand that having a food intolerance can make life difficult sometimes. We want to make life easier for you so that you can make informed decisions and feel better from the inside, and generally just get on with everyday life without the worry of a food intolerance. Many people are becoming more aware of the problems that a food intolerance can cause, and so more people are being tested and discovering that an intolerance is what has been causing their uncomfortable symptoms all along.

Symptoms are not always digestion-related but can also affect your skin, mental health and weight. If you have been experiencing unexplained symptoms a food intolerance may be the root of your problem. Test Your Intolerance can test you for the 5-main food and non-food highlighted here, plus many more. Once you have identified these problem foods, you can eliminate these from your diet and hopefully watch the symptoms disappear. Read on to find out more about our Top 5 Food Intolerances.

People with a wheat intolerance may be able to eat small amounts, but larger amounts can cause them to feel unwell.  Wheat can also worsen the symptoms of IBS.  Wheat intolerance symptoms can take up to 48 hours to surface after eating wheat, which can make the connection difficult.  Symptoms can include gut-related problems such as diarrhoea and abdominal pain and also other symptoms such as a skin rash or fatigue. Wheat can be found in bread, pastas and bottled sauces but this list is extensive so please look into this further if you are worried that you have a wheat intolerance.

A lactose intolerance is very common, and many people are unaware of the fact that they are affected by this.  Symptoms of lactose intolerance usually develop within a few hours of consuming food or drink that contains lactose.  They may include wind, bloated tummy, diarrhoea and your asthma symptoms may be worsened.  The severity of your symptoms and when they appear may depend on how much lactose you have consumed.  Some people may still be able to drink a small glass of milk whereas some may not even be able to stomach milk in their tea.  There are many lactose free options available in major supermarkets.

It is important to understand that a nut intolerance is different to a nut allergy. A nut allergy occurs immediately after consumption and can potentially be life threatening. However, a nut intolerance is when your body produces an inflammatory response to one or more nut proteins – the reaction you experience would be delayed and less severe. Nuts are a great source of good fats and protein, so if you experience a nut intolerance, you can supplement them for things like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or olives.

An intolerance to egg is a reaction to the protein present in either the yolk, the egg white, or both. Many products use egg as a binding element, such as bread, cakes, and desserts, so if you experience an egg intolerance, you will need to ensure you check the labels on any produce you buy. Eggs are a great source of protein, as well as Vitamin A, B, D and E, which are all essentials for a healthy, balanced diet. To find an alternative which provides the same nutrients, try beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, or any meat or fish-based proteins. In cooking, try swapping your egg for avocado.

A pollen intolerance occurs when you’re exposed to tree, grass and weed pollens that can be transported from plants by the wind, or animals such as birds or insects. Symptoms can include sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes and a runny nose. The good news is that an intolerance to pollen can be managed by medication, so if you plan to be outdoors for an extended period of time, ensure you are fully protected beforehand.

We hope this information has helped you. Please remember that a food intolerance can go away, so, be positive and by identifying your food intolerances with Test Your Intolerance you can eliminate these foods from your diet and live a healthier life with a brighter, positive future.