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preservatives can also be a ground for a person to become food intolerant.

Contrary to what people think, “food allergy” is entirely different from “food intolerance.” Food allergy is the immediate reaction of our body, triggered by either eating, touching or inhaling even the smallest amount of food. On the other hand, food intolerance is a more adverse reaction of our body’s digestive system when it is irritated.

“The food intolerance test (FIT) is actually just one of the tools that can help understand the inner system of an individual. We get a glimpse of what’s happening inside their body, specifically looking at their gut health or digestive system. So when a food item comes out in the findings when you take the test, it already suggests that your gut is not healthy,” nutritionist-dietician Madelene Calalo told Daily Tribune.

When there is more than one food item that comes out in the results, the body can suffer from further inflammation.

“For example, when the inflammation goes to your lungs, that can lead to asthma. If it goes to your skin, it can lead to skin diseases like psoriasis or eczema. There’s an underlying cause to that which could be triggered by food items. It could be more than just the food. It could also be any stress or lifestyle factor that needs to be considered as well when you take the food intolerance testing,” Calalo said.

STRESS or lifestyle habits affect a person’s overall well-being.

Intake of highly processed food containing preservatives can also be a ground for a person to become a food intolerant. “There are foods the body cannot digest and they tend to destroy the digestive system. Factors like diet, lack of sleep or the increase in stress hormones in the body itself can destroy the gut,” Calalo explained.

The first thing one has to do, according to her, is to shift to a healthier diet. “In FIT, we remove the food items for a certain number of days and move it off for 21 days or three weeks depending on an individual’s score. After removing (them), we reintroduce the food items one by one to allow the gut to rest, heal, absorb and digest food again.”

She added, “But when you shift your diet and you feel symptoms again and you’re curious if there’s a certain food that you’re newly intolerant to, that’s when you take the test again. But it’s not mandatory for you to take every month.”

The Food Intolerance Test, with a functional medicine approach, is available at the LifeScience Center at Accralaw Tower in Bonifactio Global City.

“We do a meal plan. It’s about replacing some food because there are nutrients in that food that are intended to balance your diet. So that’s how we promote more mindful and healthier eating instead of just doing a diet or a fad diet because we don’t believe in those,” Mitch Genato, group chief executive officer of LifeScience Philippines concluded.