Summer tips for dealing with food allergies and intolerances
Last Updated: 10th November 2022 · Written by Kate Young
As the sun begins to rise earlier and sink later, the leaves flourish and get all green, the unmistakable signs are there that Summer is here. And as the nights close in, we are faced with all the new challenges that less sunlight and the chillier weather brings. That’s right: food allergies and intolerances.
One thing that doesn’t change with the seasons, however, is the problem of food allergies and intolerances, along with the symptoms and misery that they cause. Whilst food intolerance and allergy testing is the first and best step to get to the root causes of any food issues you may have, there are other things that can be done to lessen your food allergy and intolerance symptoms. So, with that in mind, we’ve put together a few Summer tips for coping with food allergy and intolerances.
Drinking water is something that we’re often told to do, but not everyone drinks as much during the day as they should. The NHS recommend between six to eight cups of water a day, but many people fall well short of this target. And as much as people might think that fizzy drinks and coffee count towards the required daily fluid intake….unfortunately, they don’t. In fact, fizzy drinks and caffeine are definitely something that you should be looking out for as a cause of your bloated stomach or headache, as they are common food allergies and intolerances. Food allergy and intolerance testing is able to pinpoint the exact nature of the foods your body can’t cope with, but drinking lots of fluid will help flush the toxins out of your system, similar to the way a juice cleanse would, and can really minimise the symptoms you feel, especially when it comes to symptoms similar to constipation, diarrhoea and a bloated stomach.
Another important measure that you can take to add to the benefits offered by food intolerance testing, is to really focus on taking a good amount of physical exercise on a regular basis. Whether it be running, walking, cycling or going to the gym, exercise is beneficial in so many ways. It will come as no surprise to anyone that exercise helps you to live healthier lives, but the overall improvement to your body and mind cannot be underestimated. The general physical lethargy and fatigue that can often result from a food allergy or food intolerance can be really helped with regular exercise. Even if it’s just a 10-minute walk around the block, it can help!
Taking that you’re minimising the consumption of the foods you are intolerant to as a given, then you should start eating a healthy, balanced diet. Eating lots of vegetables and including fruit in your diet will boost your immune system and overall levels of health. If your body is getting every nutrient it needs, your body will be able to manage and alleviate the symptoms that you may be experiencing. The foods which are causing you pain will be highlighted on your report, and this may show up through food allergy and intolerance testing which is much more effective.
Get Tested for food allergy and intolerance
Of course, if you aren’t fully in possession of the facts around exactly what foods you’re intolerant to, then food intolerance testing[ is something that you should consider. Not least because you could be unintentionally making your symptoms worse by eating the foods you are mistakenly thinking you’re ok with. At Lifelab Testing, we offer painless, scientific blood screening services, which tests you against 40 of the most common food and drink intolerances.
Discover your extra mile with Lifelab Testing! Learn more about your body and understand what foods could be holding you back, enabling you to live the life you deserve. We believe in helping you at Lifelab, so please do come to us if you are experiencing any symptoms.
Allergies are prominent throughout the UK, with 44% of people suffering from various symptoms to an assortment of allergens. They are everywhere, in our food, our house and even in the garden. It is vital that if you are experiencing any symptoms, then get tested today! It could be that your favourite food is causing you to feel fatigued and bloated, and holding you back from being the real you. Alternatively, when turning up at your friend’s barbecue, you might struggle due to the food you’re eating and the pollen outside. We all love eating outside, but find out today if it is the best thing for you.
Just remember, allergies are everywhere. Work hard to understand exactly what your body is going through, and what it can tolerate.