So many diet choices... do we need them?The idea of a 'diet' means different things to everyone. In this article, I don't want to discuss any particular diet, or any particular food choices, for any particular condition. Rather, I'd like to briefly explore the implications that dieting has for many people.
Why are there so many different diets?Most of us probably know someone who has followed a certain diet only to put the weight back on again or found it too restrictive and abandoned it. Needles to say, there are many many diets out there, each one claiming to offer unique or superior health benefits to other diets. Of course, diets are also big business, so the motivation of the inventors of these diets to get you on their diet isn't all about getting you healthy! Indeed much of the world seems obsessed by diets.
Symptoms of food intolerance can be subtleClearly your food choices have a major impact on your health. The ultimate goal of a naturopath is to ascertain the root causes of a their clients health issues and then address these root causes. Consideration of the person’s food choices plays a very important part in this process. Food allergy and food intolerance can cause a seemingly endless number of symptoms of greatly varying severity and almost always contribute to a client's symptom picture in some way.
Symptoms of food intolerance can be mild and include:
- Skin rashes
- Itchy skin
- Mood changes
- Abdominal bloating
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Fluid retention
- Post nasal drip
- Energy slumps