Allergy, diet and weight loss help and exercise advice for those who need it
OUR EXPERIENCE WITH ALLERGIES
Both of us have had food related health problems. We had what we now know were allergic symptoms. Diane was suffering from frequent bloatedness, severe fluid retention leading to increased weight, some swelling, tiredness, ( black rings under eyes ) eczema type skin flare-ups, joint pains and occasional stomach cramps, bowel spasms and diahorrea.
In my case I had severe problems with phlegm and mucus. Although I don't smoke, I'd wake up with a 'smoker's cough' and have to spend several minutes of coughing and spitting. I was filling 2 handkerchiefs during the day, everyday, between phlegm, spits and nasal discharge.
In Nov.2006, following advice from a friend, Diane did the "foodscan" YORKTEST for 113 foods. It's a simple prick-your-finger to get a drop of blood test, so it's easy to do. 2 weeks after sending away the blood sample her results came back showing severe allergies to Yeast, Eggs, Blackcurrant and a mild allergy to Wheat gluten and Dairy. Cutting out these products was very hard, especially for a bread lover.
But the improvement was near instant. No more joint pain, improved sleep, increased energy and an end to all bowel trouble. The eczema cleared up when she changed to an egg and yeast-free shampoo. York give you 2 free telephone consultations with a nutritionist doctor who advises on Diet alternatives, and these proved excellent. York also now have recipe and cook books to buy to help avoid common types of allergy triggering foods.
In late Jan.07 I did the York Test (following Diane's results). The results showed that I was mildly allergic to Pork, and severely allergic to Dairy products. I cut these from my diet and my symptoms have disappeared - cough, phlegm, snots - the lot. The only down-side is that you must stick with their recommendations to keep improved health.
As it has really worked for us, we both recommend the York foodscan Test to friends. Recently saw that York Labs have also tests for Multiple Allergies , IBS, ( irritable bowel ), Homocysteine ( the most important predictor of Heart Attack risk ) and Liver health
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