I have been feeling poorly for quite some time now and being me I have pushed this aside and left it because I rarely have time for me and getting to the doctors and looking after me is always the last thing on the agenda.
I have been having the most horrendous stomach pains and cramps, bloating in the evenings and stomach upsets – more than just my IBS playing up and some evenings I could end up looking at least 8 months pregnant. I knew something was a miss but putting my finger on it was a little hard to pin point.
YorkTest stepped in to see if they could help me after I suspected it could be food related. During my school years I used to suffer from the same symptoms, I had test after test, bloods were taken, scans done, internals, cameras the lot – I even had a few days in hospital but they never did come to the root of the problem. Food testing wasn’t something they would look into although I did have to keep a food diary.
The Food & Drinks test from YorkTest is a very simple home kit, you receive the set in the post which includes detailed instructions on how to do the test. You need to prick your finger and soak the cotton bud with blood, placing it into the vial. Write your name on it and then send it off for testing (in the free envelope provided) – very easy and it actually doesn’t hurt.
The comprehensive Food & Drink Scan Programme analyses your IgG reaction to 158 foods and drinks, and then provides you with clear results and nutritional support to help you replace your problem foods and optimise your diet.
When my sample was received I was sent and email to say it has arrived safely and in around 10 days I received an email with the results, a letter confirming these followed shortly after.
It turns out I have a borderline reaction to Yeast and Wheat, finding this out has given me a starting point to cutting these out of my diet and hopefully feeling better. YorkTest also comes with a comprehensive guidebook and 12 week food and drink diary as well as a 30 minute telephone consultation with one of their BANT registered Nutritional Therapists.
Armed with these results I have actually now visited the doctor and he has run a full blood work MOT, probably much long over due but he wanted to rule out Celiac disease and a few other things including bowel disease. Those tests has now come back clear as have my bloods, my cholesterol is still higher than it should be but I have an inherited condition which is the reason for that and am on tablets for it.
I have started to cut out Wheat from my diet and looking at lower Yeast content drinks will be my next step, but one step at a time.
There are actually far more foods that contain Wheat and Yeast, far more than I realised:
- Baking powder
- Breakfast cereals
- Bottled sauces of all kinds
- Bread (unless specified wheat free)
- Cakes, buns, muffins, scones and all baked goods (unless specified)
- Cereal binder
- Chapatis, poppadams, naans
- Cheese spread/dips
- Curry powders
- Horseradish creams
- Instant hot drinks
- Monosodium glutamate
- Pasta or noodles (unless specified)
- Pitta breads
- Ready meals
- Rye breads and crackers
- Salad dressings
- Sauces and gravies
And that’s before I factor in alcohol. Thankfully there are a lot of Wheat free foods readily available in the supermarkets now, although having recently tried wheat free bread and pasta I think I may just go without those as I really wasn’t impressed.
A bit of an update. Emmy’s food intolerance tests came back negative which is great but mine have come back borderline intolerant of wheat and yeast. Of course being borderline I could just ignore but I’m so fed up being in pain daily that I’m going to try hard to cut them from my diet. Lunch today is Tesco free from roll with ham and a salad. The alcohol could be a little harder….but I’m reliably informed gin and vodka have the least yeast in. @yorktest_uk #review
It’s been advised I cut these out for 3 weeks and I should notice the changes, of course I am trying hard to do this as I am so fed up with feeling poorly all the time.
While I am cutting out foods I am also being a little more careful to not fuel any slumps in my day where I would often grab a carb based snack with coffee or energy drinks, being a busy mum I tend to just grab quick fix lunches which require little preparation and with kids who don’t like to sleep by lunch time I can find myself seriously in need of an energy boost. Instead of reaching for the coffee or even chocolate I have started taking natural energy solutions to help counteract the tiredness.
I am currently taking a combination of Ginseng and Multivitamins and Minerals to help plug any nutrient gaps while I am changing my diet. These are Red Kooga Korean Ginseng Multivitamins & Minerals which is formulated to help promote mental alertness with the added benefit of multivitamins and minerals from A to Zinc to help maintain health and vitality, and, also Red Kooga Natural Energy Release which helps provide the mind and body with a bit more oomph when slowing down isn’t an option for me. It is formulated with Panax Ginseng to help promote vitality and maintain mental alertness. It also contains the guarana herb which provides a natural source of caffeine to provide a gentle way to help you feel sharp and alert, and the recommended daily allowance of B complex vitamins to help maintain a healthy nervous system and release energy from food – these also have the added bonus of being suitable for vegetarians or vegans and are sugar-free and gluten-free.
Both are available from www.redkooga.co.uk
Emmy also took a Junior Food Scan Test as she has been complaining of stomach pains, I will be sharing her results next week as well as bringing you a giveaway to win a YorkTest Food&Drink Scan testing kit for yourselves, why not take a look while you are waiting www.yorktest.com
Disclaimer: I received this testing kit in exchange for this post