Katrina Rose, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist. Master of Health Science (Herbal Medicine), Bachelor of Health Science, Advanced diploma of Naturopathy.

We have all heard the saying ‘we are what we eat’. This has the hall marks of some profound truth; however it is not the whole truth. Many other factors play their part in ‘what we are’ such as the environment we live in, the stressors in our lives, how we think and our adaptation, or lack of, to almost everything. In the scheme of things, food intake is a tiny part of most people’s day but it looms large if your body can not cope with something you eat.

You may be reacting to foods you eat. Food intolerance can make someone feel unwell with symptoms being delayed for hours or days after intake of the offending food. Often symptoms of food intolerance can be as vague as lethargy or brain fog or as distinct as headaches or migraine, constipation or diarrhoea, bloating or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Recently, naturopaths have been able to access a food intolerance test that is performed in the clinic. This test gives results within one hour and is safe and accurate. It measures immunoglobulin G (IgG) reactions to 59 commonly eaten foods. Your finger-prick blood sample is taken and diluted, and then added to a test tray containing small spots of food protein extracts, with a precise number of steps to achieve a result.

If you test positive to any of the foods in the test, avoidance or removal of them may play a large part, for a positive change in quality of life.

The cost of the test is $220.00 and includes a take-home information booklet that includes alternate foods to eat if you find yourself intolerant to any of those tested. To have the test done with me at Nature Care Wholistic and Medical Centre gives you the benefit of my naturopathic experience and if I cannot help then I can refer you to other health practitioners in the centre who may be able to.

‘We are what we eat’ is clearly not the whole story of who we are, but knowing if a food is causing reactions in our body which may influence the way we live, can have profound and life changing or adapting consequences that can determine our quality of life.