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Tummy Trouble 
Food Sensitivities
Bowel Issues

Food Intolerance

Getting to the bottom of Tummy Trouble

When your digestive system works well, you feel good. Everything seems to work well when your stomach and bowels are healthy and happy.


How do you know if it's not? It's pretty obvious, your body sure lets you know.  

Bloating, wind, pain, reflux, constipation, urgency, frequency, burning, stinky bowel movements - the body is telling you something isn't right.


With food testing and a cleansing program much can be achieved. In some cases further testing is warranted to find out if helicobacter or parasites are part of the problem. Once the cause is established, the treatment is easy.

Food Intolerances


Food intolerances can lead to various health issues including digestive, immune, energy, skin, and mood disturbances. Often mistaken for food allergies due to similar symptoms, food intolerances are different in that they cause systemic, gradual effects, whereas allergies trigger immediate reactions.

Recognizing food intolerance can be challenging as it's often overlooked by healthcare professionals and can have a cumulative effect due to our habitual consumption of the same food groups.

BEST testing aids in identifying your body's reactions to common foods, simplifying meal planning. Testing can also detect issues with natural chemical substances in foods, providing more effective dietary guidance.

It's crucial to understand that food reactions aren't necessarily allergies, making allergy testing less useful in diagnosing them. A personalized assessment, incorporating a comprehensive review of your medical history, response to treatments, and functional testing, is the most effective method to pinpoint the causes of food reactions.



Six key areas are often affected by Food Intolerance.


1. Gastro-Intestinal –bloating, nausea, reflux, GORD, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, cramps, mucus with stools, encopresis (soiling) and more.


2. Skin – eczema, dermatitis, acne, hives, itching, excessive dryness and psoriasis.


3. Respiratory – Many people don’t realize that food intolerance can affect your respiratory system. If you have sinusitis, rhinitis, asthma, or even a sore throat that doesn’t seem to go away, you just may have a food intolerance.


4. Endocrine System – Food intolerances can take a toll on the body, making it more likely that you’ll end up with thyroid problems, increased PMS, endometriosis, period pain, hormonal acne, PCOS, fertility issues. It can even increase the risk of a a food-related disease such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia and with time, diabetes.


5. Immune System – issues with food impact the immune system through the Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue, where 80% of the immune system resides. This can make a person increasingly susceptible to immune issues such as : Auto-immunity, frequent colds, runny nose, sinus and a general loss of immune resilience causing the above issues.


6. Weight – If you’re experiencing a significant weight loss or weight gain issue, then your body may be reacting to a particular food by holding onto fluid and fat. Food intolerance can also impact metabolism and detoxification, influencing the way your body manages calories and waste clearance.


7. Sleep problems.

8. Growth delay - failure to thrive in children


Treatment involves the identification of the foods and substances to avoid as part of a comprehensive Naturopathic Program. Programs are tailored to the individual, often incorporating an elimination diet along with a digestive and microbiome recovery plan. This has the effect of improving the health and resiliency of the digestive system, regulating gut mediated immune health, improving detoxification, energy production and overall system functioning. The gut-brain axis is an important link between diet, nutrition and mental and emotional health.


The gut is central to the health of the entire body, so improving health at this level can have a beneficial effect on the entire system. People often report improved energy, clarity of thinking, improvements in memory, skin health, stronger nails and hair, clear shiny eyes, improved mood, enhanced immunity and a general improvement in resilience for life.


Food Sensitivities - Case Study 1

Eliza was 7 years old and complained of tummy aches frequently. She had dark lines under eyes, slept poorly, couldn't concentrate and suffered from belly distension and mild constipation. Her health review and functional testing revealed a number of problematic foods along with nutritional depletion, and she embarked on a twelve week Naturopathic health recovery program. Within two weeks she stopped bloating and her demeanour became more relaxed and resilient. Over the next few weeks her bowel habits became regular, sleep improved giving her a more restful and restorative sleep, her teacher began to comment on her ability to concentrate and complete tasks. Her sibling relationship improved as she became more tolerant with her younger sibling, and the dark circles cleared by the end of her program. It became very clear to both Eliza and her parents when she had foods that didn't suit her body, as her sleep became disrupted and her behaviour reverted for a short time to how she used to be. Knowing how to support their daughter's wellbeing was a great blessing to her parents, and the benefits of a healthier diet filtered through to improve the wellbeing of the entire family.

Food Sensitivities - Case Study 2

Jenny, 33, was having digestive problems that were interfering with her quality of life. She would wake with a flat stomach but as soon as she ate she would become bloated, which increased over the day. She had pain, wind, variable bowel movements, had indigestion and felt nauseous often. She also had problems with her hormones, energy, weight, clarity of mind, memory, mood and sleep.  She came for testing and found that she had some important nutrient deficiencies, and some significant food intolerances. As a result of her testing she knew what nutrients were low, and what foods to avoid in her diet as she undertook a gut repair program.


We found that she was okay for gluten, but sensitive to wheat and wheat products. She had issues with cow's milk products, yellow cheese, cream cheese and whey, but was okay for feta, plain Greek yogurt, ice cream,  and margarine, but was okay for butter.  She needed to avoid canned tomatoes, but was okay for fresh tomatoes, and had a specific list of other foods to focus on. 


In two weeks she experienced a vast improvement in her digestive system, she stopped bloating, experienced improved energy, her mental motivation improved, sleep became more refreshing, and she lost 2kg and 5cm from her waist. Jenny reported that it was so much easier to feed herself because she knew what to avoid and what to focus on instead.


After two months she had lost 10kg and found that she no longer struggled to remember things, her blood pressure went down, she stopped snoring, had vastly improved energy, a more stable mood, her skin cleared up, and her menstrual cycle became less painful and problematic. Her friends and family couldn't believe the change in her. 


Drug Testing


The human microbiome, a complex community of trillions of microbes living in and on our bodies, plays a crucial role in maintaining our health. These microbes assist in essential functions such as digestion, immune response, and even mental health. Therefore, testing the microbiome can provide vital insights into our overall health and wellbeing.


By analyzing the composition of our gut microbiota, we can identify imbalances or dysbiosis, which could be linked to various health issues ranging from digestive disorders to mental health conditions. Consequently, microbiome testing can guide personalized treatment plans and lifestyle changes, promoting optimal health and disease prevention.

More on the Microbiome Mapping test HERE

Parasites & Bowel Problems


A parasite is any organism that lives and feeds off of another organism. When we talk about intestinal parasites, we are referencing tiny organisms, usually worms, living in your gut and feeding off of your nutrition. In the case of tapeworms, this means attaching to the gut wall and feeding off your blood. Hideous thought, right?


Some of the most common parasites include roundworms, tapeworms, pinworms, whipworms, hookworms, blastocystus, entamoeba and many more. Because parasites come in so many different shapes and sizes, they can cause a very wide range of problems. Some consume your food, leaving you constantly hungry and unable to gain weight. Others consume your red blood cells, causing anaemia. Some lay eggs that can cause itching, irritability, jaw clenching and even insomnia.


If you have tried countless approaches to heal your gut and relieve your symptoms without any success, parasiteS could be the underlying cause for many of your unexplained and unresolved symptoms, and testing will be necessary to determine what treatment you need.


Case Study 3 - Encopresis, Failure to Thrive & Parasites (Blastocystis, Entameba, Dysbiosis)


Aaron was 6 years and soiling daily. He had encopresis since he was 3 years old. The parents had taken him to the paeditrican who gave him Movicol and a poo diary, and that was it. 

We tested Aaron's stool for parasites, and microbiome health. We did a functional food-stress tests (BEST) and put together a program for him. The first step was changing his diet, the next step was addressing the 2 parasites, strep overgrowth and lack of beneficial flora present in his gut.

It took three months and his soiling and bed wetting began to stop. By his 7th birthday he was continent.

When the parents took the test to the paediatrician he dismissed these protozoal parasites out of hand. This child had parasites, dysbiosis and food sensitivities, and had his parents not brought him for Naturopathic care, he might have still been soiling at 12. 

Aaron thrived after his program finished and he was on maintenance. His ability to focus at school improved, his ADHD subsided, and his mood swings, restless sleep, inability to wind down, and appetite all improved. His growth even caught up to his peers and he was no longer short for his age. His parents were very grateful. 

SIBO - Small Intesting Bacterial Overgrowth

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a digestive disorder characterized by excessive fermentive bacteria in the small intestine.


This overgrowth can interfere with the normal digestive and absorption processes, leading to symptoms like bloating, wind, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea.  SIBO can also lead to nutritional deficiencies, as the excess bacteria may consume some of the nutrients meant for the body.


SIBO us often associated with other conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, and Crohn's disease. The diagnosis of SIBO typically involves a breath test, and treatment usually includes a combination of herbs, probiotics, nutrients and dietary changes for a few months.

Certain foods can exacerbate symptoms of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) by promoting bacterial growth. These "trigger" foods typically include fermentable carbohydrates or FODMAPs (found in wheat, rye, onions, garlic, certain fruits, and sweeteners), dairy products due to their lactose content, sugar and sugary foods, and alcohol. However, sensitivity to these foods can vary greatly among individuals with SIBO, making a personalized diet plan under the guidance of a naturopath.

Functional Pathology Testing 


Some people may need to undertake further testing as we explore the factors involved in gut problems. Some of the tests we may refer out for include:

  • Microbiome Screening with Candida and Parasite Review to determine the cause of gastro-intestinal problems.

  • Helicobactor Screening

  • Parasite Testing

  • Methane Breath Test for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

  • Zonulin Testing for gluten issues

Personalised Health Care

Each person is unique, with their own particular lifestyle factors, health history, epi-genetic characteristics and treatment needs. We regard each person as an individual, and aim work with you to identify the causative and sustaining factors in your current experience, and what you need to move forward in the most efficient and effective way for you. 


Call us to discuss your needs, or email us below.  

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