Should I have a food allergy test?

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This video will be answering a question from one of our practise members which is about food allergies, food intolerances, the genetic testing or other kind of testing that is possible for us.

So the first thing is, unequivocally, there is some solid scientific research that shows that not all foods are appropriate for all of us to eat. It’s a really good idea to find out what works for us and what doesn’t work for us. The caveat here is that obviously if you’re under the care of your GP, and your health is really suffering, then the tests might be much, much, much more important and at times they might be part of what saves your life because we need to be sure we are able to absorb and put together, assimilate, all the food we take in. So that’s the first thing.

There is defiantly some sound research testing can be really, really useful. So I like to make this much, much, much more simple because the whole topic of food can get really, really complicated. So, if we look at three different groups of people – the Inuits, the Masai warriors and the Native American population- the Inuits live largely on fats like seal and whale blubber, that kind of thing; the Masai is meat, milk and blood, that sounds really key but that’s what they can have; and the Native Americans can have a largely carbohydrate rich diet.

 Now the main thing of interest to me is that if you look at those groups when they are living in their environment eating that way, none of them have the main chronic waste and health conditions that are very common for us such as stroke, heart attack, diabetes, cancer. The rates are significantly less than they are here. Now, what’s interesting is research has shown that if you take any of those groups and you add sugar and flour into their lifestyle; and we notice this because sometimes the groups move to Western places and start eating more fast food etcetera; all of a sudden rates of stroke, heart attack, diabetes, cancer, the main western lifestyle diseases, they start to rise. So they start to become more like the norms that we see over here.

So the first obvious thing, is that sugar and flour are not designed to in our diet to the level that they are, so that’s one thing. My approach, the approach we take here at Thrive, is how do we connect with our body and listen to what our body is trying to tell us? I’ve asked thousands of people, this kind of question face to face, and the question is this- “are there things that you are doing that you know you shouldn’t be doing and are there things you are avoiding or know you’re not doing that you know you should be doing?”. Almost unanimously people answer ‘yes’ to that question.

So my advice is, begin there. Begin with what you know you should be doing and you know you should be avoiding. I’ve asked over a thousand people this question face to face and when people say things like ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I’m not sure’, my response is ‘if you did know or were sure what would you do?’. I’ve never had any human being that I’ve been with face to face not be able to answer that question and come up with something they can start with.

So my advice is, begin there, connect with your body, listen to your body, let the 14 billion years of evolution floating around inside your cells, your inmate intelligence or your intuition or whatever you call that factor, let that influence you. It is trying to show you, trying to get you to go on a path that’s going to work for you. Be open to it changing throughout the year. So right now we are moving into autumn as I’m shooting this video, so how we eat, how we sleep and our lifestyle factors need to change a little bit because we have less sunlight, we have less warmth outside, our body is doing a different job.

Cutting right down to it, yes the food allergy testing, the genetic testing that really has a place that can be very important. My personal advise is that where the majority of us should begin is- ‘what’s my body trying to tell me?’, ‘what is it that I know I need to be doing?’, ‘what is it that I know I need to be avoiding?’. Begin there, make it easy to win and build momentum. Then after time it’s easier, and easier, and easier, and easier to get listening to yourself habitulalised. Before you know it, or at least in my experience personally and clinically, people’s health and wellbeing can really improve.

As ever I hope you found this useful, and I welcome comments. Please get in touch with me when you see me. I hope it adds lots of value. Enjoy.